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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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Great Views and Exciting Historic Sites.

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
Dante M
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Sacramento, California
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Sacramento, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
36 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

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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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
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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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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
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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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27 reviews 27 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 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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