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Lake Oroville State Recreation Area

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Address: Oroville, CA
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Activities: Fishing, Water-skiing
Description: A beautiful, tranquil lake for waterskiing and bass fishing.
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water down

Well DWR needs to keep the water in the lake. It is a mud puddle right now. It is sad to see the lake so low.

3 of 5 starsReviewed September 29, 2014
Denise T
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Northern California
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Northern California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Well DWR needs to keep the water in the lake. It is a mud puddle right now. It is sad to see the lake so low.

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Oroville, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Sorry we have no water for you this year, visitors, but come back some time when we do and you'll love our lake as much as we do! Want to swim? Go to Loafer Creek, a superb swimming and picnic area, Foreman Creek, an undeveloped swimming and launch area, or the Stringtown launch ramp. You can also swim at the... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

This is a great place for family time. The visitor center has lots of movies and great exhibits. The staff is always friendly and there is a great view after you have climbed four flights of stairs to the observation tower...the whole valley opens up on a clear day. The dam is a great place to walk, skate, jog or... More 

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South Carolina
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118 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

We visited the Lake Oroville, but they do not have any fisihing or swimming there. If you have your own boat you can take it into the water and have fun, otherwise you need to rent a boat wich is very expensive. One day rental costs $ 350 and up. I rather go to Lake Folsom to have fun on... More 

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Pleasanton, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Visited Lake Oroville, camped in the Loafer Creek group camping area and rented a party boat for a day over Labor Day. Great campsite with amazing facilities and the party boat was worth every penny! Highly recommend making the trip to Oroville.

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Monterey, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Lake Oroville is a great place to spend the day. Bring your fishing, boating, water ski, or swimming supplies and enjoy the day on the lake.

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Leiden, The Netherlands
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

We planned to enjoy the lake. Unfortunately, it is a (speed)boat lake. No beaches, no swimming. The dam itself is impressive, no doubt. We had our bathing at the Thermalite reservoir. OK but nothing special.

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LINCOLN
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143 reviews 143 reviews
36 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Today was not a good day for me fishing as I caught only one small bass. Other bass boats reported nothing too but at the dock, one fellow showed me a phone photo of a estimated 10 pouind largemouth...heck of a fish. Anyway, this is a great lake for fishing, boating, house boating...the water level is really low now and... More 

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London
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101 reviews 101 reviews
51 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

We visited the Oroville Dam and Visitors Centre. The Dam blocks the flow of water in the Feather River and which creates a beautiful lake which is used for various forms of water activity. The surrounding countryside is made up of forest and the distant backdrop is the Sierra mountains whose remain covered in snow. The dam was once the... More 

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Apex, North Carolina
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49 reviews 49 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

We rented a fantastic houseboat here for a week and had a wonderful family vacation! 7 of us on board included 2 teen boys, 2 tween gals & 3 adults who all had a fun relaxing time. Water is chilly in the am as expected, but by afternoon is super refreshing! The kids fished a bunch and played from sun-up... More 

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