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Lake Oroville State Recreation Area

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Address: Oroville, CA
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Fishing, Water-skiing
Description: A beautiful, tranquil lake for waterskiing and bass fishing.

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Beautiful place but water level down

Always enjoy the area and lake and recreation area. Warm weather and beautiful lake makes for good times

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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Hayward, California
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Oregon
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

Our first visit to the area, we had no idea how large or beautiful Lake Oroville is. The dam is the biggest in the US - a mile across and you can drive on it. The lake is covered with beautiful houseboats and people just really enjoying themselves in this warm location. Lots of history here as well.

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Northern California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

A very tall Earth filled dam, dams the Feather river and during much of the year creates a large and beautiful lake with excellent boating. But during a drought (like now) a very large portion of the lake drys up. However, the Recreation District offers a diverse group of non boating activities. (check their schedule)

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Hayward, California
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8 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Always enjoy the area and lake and recreation area. Warm weather and beautiful lake makes for good times

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Sacramento, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

We stayed at the Lime Saddle campground over Memorial Day weekend. We were in site 9, which was on the RV side of the campground. We didn't realize that until we got there and we had the only tent without an RV. That being said, we loved it. There was plenty of space for our large tent, as well as... More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

The staff was outstanding and very friendly. Lake is very low but was still beautiful. Quiet and clean sites. Showers and washrooms were clean and nice hot showers. The boat ramp is very long due to water levels

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Sacramento, California
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42 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The state's 2nd largest reservoir is looking a little grim these days, down to only about half capacity. Even so, more houseboats crowd the surface of the lake than that of any other body of water I've seen. It's still a beautiful natural area to explore, and makes for some great photos. In the Bidwell Bar area, there are a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

Still beautiful and lots of fun in and around the water. The spillway is of course dry as a bone. The ramps still reach the water so no problem launching though the walk back up is long and steep.

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El Centro, California
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11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Lake was extremely low due to drought. Park employees & Rangers were wonderful as were other campers. A few campers were annoyed that the water level was not right behind there campsites as stated in the States website an implied it was our fault. Restrooms and shower facilities were cleaned daily. Campsites were cleaned after every weekend. Visitor center is... More 

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Northern California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

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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Additional Information about Lake Oroville State Recreation Area

Address: Address: Oroville, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oroville
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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