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Lake Oroville State Recreation Area

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Address: Oroville, CA
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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
Merced, California
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California Hot Springs, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have been boating on Lake Oroville for 40 years and we finally have water this year after three years of drought,just love seeing the lake full early in the season.

Thank frau
Pahrump, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Four of us rented a boat and toured and fished the lake today. It was absolutely amazing! The day and lake were so beautiful and the staff all efficient and courteous. The fishing wasn't great but we caught and released several largemouth bass, so that was fun!

Thank Selway M
Citrus Heights, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

It is so beautiful to see Lake Oroville full again and looking blue and inviting like it should be. Water skiing , sailing , fishing or just picnicking are all great experiences for the lake, there is overnight camping at Loafer Creek State recreation area as well as a nice beach and picnic area for BBQing .There are restaurants that... More 

Thank Richard W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016 via mobile

This lake is my favorite spot in the summer. Swimming, boating, fishing, camping & hiking. The dam is cool to walk the dogs on for fitness or fun.

1 Thank Rachel H
San Francisco, California
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609 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 221 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2016 via mobile

Get here early. Wear hiking boots not sneakers. Bring your camera. Dress in layers. Bring your lunch, GPS and camera. You can easily get lost if you don't have a guide like GPS because trails are not marked. Perfect place for family outing. Parking is free but limited. Enjoy the wildflowers spread vast in the horizon and the water falls.... More 

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Oroville, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2016

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 

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Overland Park, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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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
Merced, California
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88 reviews
26 attraction reviews
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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

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