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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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Sumer with water

Lake Oroville is lovely this year after all of our rainfall. The fish ladders are back in action as is the fish hatchery. There is much to see. Picnic grounds are well... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Magalia, California
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Magalia, California
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129 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lake Oroville is lovely this year after all of our rainfall. The fish ladders are back in action as is the fish hatchery. There is much to see. Picnic grounds are well maintained. Recreational activities abound.

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American canyon
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60 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stunning lake and recreation area. Boating, fishing, hiking, camping, scenic drives Its all here for you to enjoy

Thank bigblue43
Olympia, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Water level is down do to the drought or it would be a 5 rating. Park is awesome, lots of picnic room and a lot of historical things of interest.

Thank David S
California Hot Springs, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

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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48 reviews
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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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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 

Thank Indiana_Jonesse
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 

Thank J8963SAjamesm
Overland Park, Kansas
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134 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 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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