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For Immediate Release: 4/29/2015

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California State Parks Announces Fee Reductions for Lake Oroville State Recreation Area


Aaron Wright, Superintendent

(530) 538-2200


SACRAMENTO, Calif.  -  California State Parks announces a reduction of fees for day-use and camping at Lake Oroville State Recreation Area beginning Friday, May 1, 2015.

With existing drought conditions impacting visitor’s recreational opportunities and summer plans, the department wants to let visitors know that Lake Oroville is still open for fun and sun. A reduction in fees, combined with new credit card terminals in all entrance stations and fee payment machines in some locations, will make it that much easier to enjoy the day on the lake.

New reduced fees include: 

  • Day-use parking fees: $6 (down from $8)
  • Camping fees:
    • $25 per night (down from $35) for standard camping sites in Lime Saddle and Loafer Creek
    • $35 per night (down from $45) at Bidwell Canyon and Lime Saddle campgrounds with hook-up sites
  • Horse Camp Sites:
    • $35 per night (down from $45) at Loafer Creek Horse camp sites
  • En-Route Camping:
    • $15 per night (down from $20) for self-contained recreational vehicles at the North Forebay and Spillway
  • Floating Campsites Friday and Saturday:
    • $125 per night (down from $175) -- Sunday through Thursday

Fees that remain unchanged include:

  • Boat-Use: $5 per day
  • Floating Campsites Friday and Saturday: $175 per night
  • Trail Camp: $20 per night at Bloomer North Fork Trail Camp

With the exception of North Forebay and Loafer Creek, credit card terminals are available at all entrance stations in the park. Machines accept credit and debit cards with the Visa, MasterCard or Discover logos, and cash and coins. The new machines at Bidwell Canyon, Lime Saddle and Spillway launch ramps have the same payment options as well as the Diner’s Club. Please note that machines do not give change.

For more information on Lake Oroville SRA, please visit our park website.


For more than two years, California has been dealing with the effects of drought. To learn about all the actions the state has taken to manage our water system and cope with the impacts of the drought, visit Drought.CA.Gov.

Every Californian should take steps to conserve water. Find out how at

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