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Lake Oroville State Recreation Area

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Address: Oroville, CA
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A beautiful, tranquil lake for waterskiing and bass fishing.

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I'll Be Dammed: Lake Oroville Nearly a River, Still, Cool Stuff!

You've heard about the California Drought. Here at the Lake Oroville State recreation Area in July of 2015, you could view it. Once the largest earth-filled dam in the world, the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 4, 2015
Clyde H
San Joaquin Valley, California, United States
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Oroville, CA
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have a boat in a slip at Lake Oroville Marina. The lake is spectacular. Elevation varies through the year, but that just means the surrounding views are different all the time. With its 4 major tributaries, you can go to a different area each time you're on the lake. Good fishing for bass and planted salmon, boats to rent... More 

Thank J8963SAjamesm
Overland Park, Kansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

I spent a a few weeks in the Oroville area during the early spring and summer of this year. Walking along the path of the dam brought to me the realization of the continuous drought that plagues California. Low water levels did not keep the true sportsman from venturing out. Walking the path of this area offered fresh air and... More 

Thank Hitheroadwithme
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

They are not maintaining the launch area. The lake is low so there needs to be gravel placed where the launch ends. If someone gets stuck then no one can get their boats in or out. Plus there is no facilities there. There should at least be a portable bathroom at least for the disabled people that visit.

Thank Richard C
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015 via mobile

Lake oroville what can i say ive been out on lake oroville many times the marinas ere good plenty of camp sites just a all around great place to visit

Thank Ron P
San Joaquin Valley, California, United States
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62 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

You've heard about the California Drought. Here at the Lake Oroville State recreation Area in July of 2015, you could view it. Once the largest earth-filled dam in the world, the Oroville Dam towers over the once huge body of water. The many houseboats that inhabit the reservoir are lined up like infantry in the deepest part of it. Still,... More 

Thank Clyde H
Pasadena, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Fun to see the huge dam, and learn about the reservoir. It is very low right now, but still enough water for fun, if you want

Thank Scrable1
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015 via mobile

Lake Oroville and its surrounding facilities are fantastic, and Loafer Creek is a very nice campground. Unfortunately, the facilities aren't nearly as nice when the water is low because everything revolves around the lake. If you are planning a trip, be sure to check the lake level in advance because it's not as much fun in a drought year. Also,... More 

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Hayward, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We visit Lake Oroville often. Lake offers easy access and is very clean. Great time with family and friends can be had by all.

Thank Todd H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

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.

Thank crangrammy
Northern California
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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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