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Lake Oroville State Recreation Area

Contact Information

(530) 538-2219

Trailer Lengths

Max Trailer Length: 35 Feet
Max Camper Length: 40 Feet

Park Hours

8AM - 8PM
Visitor Center:
open 7 days a week from 9AM to 5PM.

Driving Directions to Lake Oroville SRA

From Highway 70, go east on Highway 162 (Oroville Dam Blvd.). Continue on Oroville Dam Blvd., turning right at Olive Hwy. (Highway 162), proceed approximately 6 miles on Olive Highway to Kelly Ridge Road. Turn left and Kelly Ridge Road ends in the Visitor Center parking lot.

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Camping and Lodging

Online reservations are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reservations can be made 7 months in advance on the first day of the month beginning at 8:00 a.m. PST via the website, by mail, or by calling the toll free telephone number at 1-800-444-7275. Due to seasonal volume, access to the ReserveAmerica website and the telephone line may at times be limited.

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Brochures and Campground Maps

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.


Notice:  As of October 27, 2014, the low-water launch ramp at the Bidwell Canyon Area of Lake Oroville State Recreation Area is closed due to submerged hazards and uneven terrain making it unfeasible for the metal mats to be effective.  Vessel launching is still available at the four-wheel-drive launch ramp located at the Spillway Area as well as the South Forebay, located on Grand Avenue.

As water levels change, staff will re-evaluate the ability to place the ramp back in service.

The Bidwell Canyon Marina will continue to provide shuttle services from the ramp area.

Butte County is in an exceptional drought.  The springs that feed the horse troughs may not have water.  Please plan your trip accordingly.

Near the City of Oroville this man-made lake was formed by the tallest earth-filled dam (770 feet above the stream bed of the Feather River) in the country. 

The lake offers a wide variety of outdoor activities including camping, picnicking, horseback riding, hiking, sail and power boating, water-skiing, fishing, swimming, boat-in camping, floating campsites and horse camping. 

Lake Oroville Visitor Center has a museum, exhibits, videos and a store. The view from the 47-foot tower, with two high-powered telescopes, is a spectacular panoramic view of the lake, Sierra Nevadas, valley, foothills, and the Sutter Buttes mountain range (smallest in the world).

The area includes the Feather River Fish Hatchery, built by the Department of Water Resources to replace lost spawning areas for salmon and steelhead. Displays on the State Water Project and the area’s natural and cultural history are featured at the Visitor’s Center.

Bidwell Marina Mooring Cables and Hardware Repairs

A new concession contract for the operation of Bidwell Marina, Lake Oroville State Recreation Area, will go into effect beginning December 2, 2009. The new concessionaire, Forever Resorts, will be repairing and replacing mooring cables and hardware as needed.

Location-Directions

From Highway 70, take the Highway 162 exit (Oroville Dam Blvd.) and proceed East. Continue bearing east as Highway 162 evolves into Olive Highway; then after approximately 6 miles, make a left turn onto Kelly Ridge Road.  In two miles Kelly Ridge Road ends at the Visitor Center parking lot.
(Latitude/Longitude: 39.5389 / -121.4844)

Seasons/Climate/Recommended Clothing

The Lake Oroville area has four very distinct seasons; a Mediterranean-type climate.

Winter months are cool to cold, seldom freezing temperatures, and some occasional fog. Temperatures run from mid to high 50s down to the 30s.

Springtime is beautiful with a vivid array of wildflowers and very pleasant temperatures, normally in the high 60s to 70s.

Summers are warm to extremely warm. The temperatures range from the low 80s up to the low 100s.

Fall season usually brings a little humidity, but not much. It cools off at night and the Northern California autumn sunsets are incredible!

Bring appropriate clothing to fit the season. Layered clothing is advised.Campers should bring sweatshirts during the summer months, because it can get somewhat cooler in the evenings and out on the water.

Summer and spring are warm; fall and winter can be cool. Layered clothing is advised.

Getting There:

For the best answers to questions concerning any visitor information, please contact:
Lake Oroville Visitor Center
Ph. #: (530) 538-2219
917 Kelly Ridge Road
Oroville, CA 95966
Latitude: 39° 46’ 20.67” N   |||   Longitude: 121° 50’ 27.35” W

Bidwell Canyon Campground
Ph. #: (530) 538-2218
Bidwell Canyon Road & Arroyo Drive
Oroville, CA 95966
Latitude: 39° 32’ 03.00” N   |||   Longitude: 121° 27’ 23.26” W

BIDWELL CANYON: 68 miles north of Sacramento on Highway 70 to Highway 162; 8 miles east on Highway 162 to Kelly Ridge Rd, left on Kelly Ridge Rd to Arroyo Dr.

Lime Saddle Campground
Ph. #: (530) 876-8516
3428 Pentz Road.
Paradise, CA 95969
Latitude: 39° 40’ 33.25” N   |||   Longitude: 121° 33’ 32.84” W

LIME SADDLE: North of Sacramento on Highway 70 to Pentz Road; left on Pentz Road, take a right at campground entrance sign, proceed to Kiosk.

Loafer Creek Campground
Ph. #: (530) 538-2217
Loafer Creek Road
Oroville, CA 95966
Latitude: 39° 31’ 41.61” N   |||   Longitude: 121° 26’ 43.88” W

LOAFER CREEK: 68 miles north of Sacramento on Highway 70 to Highway 162. 9.5 miles east on Highway 162 to Loafer Creek, left into the park.

Lake Oroville Spillway Kiosk
Ph. #: (530) 538-2216
North End of Oroville Dam
Oroville, CA 95966
Latitude: 39° 32’ 16.22” N   |||   Longitude: 121° 29’ 06.32” W

SPILLWAY: 68 miles north of Sacramento on Highway 70 to Highway 162; 6.5 miles east on Highway 162 to Canyon Dr, left on Canyon Dr to Oroville Dam, and cross the dam.


Available Activities and Facilities at Lake Oroville State Recreation Area

BOATING
Boating
Boat Ramps
OVERNIGHT FACILITIES
En route Campsites
Family Campsites
Group Campsites
RV Sites w/Hookups
RV Dump Station
Boat-in/Floating Camps
RV Access
Geocaching
TRAIL USE
Bike Trails
Hiking Trails
Nature Trails
Horseback Riding
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Fishing
Swimming
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Windsurfing/Surfing
Museums
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Restrooms / Showers
Restrooms
Wheelchair Accessible