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Lake Oroville State Recreation Area

Oroville, CA
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Growing up in Oroville

I lived above the Middle Fork of Lake Oroville until I graduated high school. Lake Oroville offers... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Oroville, California
Interesting visitor center here!

The visitor center here not only has displays of the dam and environs, including the events leading... read more

Reviewed 25 June 2017
Fountain Valley, California
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A beautiful, tranquil lake for waterskiing and bass fishing.
  • Excellent48%
  • Very good30%
  • Average17%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible4%
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I lived above the Middle Fork of Lake Oroville until I graduated high school. Lake Oroville offers so many different activities. That included fishing, swimming, houseboat rentals, hiking trails, horse trails and many other sports activities. We are so fortunate to have this beautiful setting...More

Thank Kaykay21470
Reviewed 25 June 2017

The visitor center here not only has displays of the dam and environs, including the events leading up to the broken spill way, but also local indian culture, and local flora and fauna. Outside, there is an exceptionally large indian grinding rock, with about a...More

Thank edq88222
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Camping site is great, water is nice, plenty of things to do for kids and adults. It is a very big lake and it is close to community and there is a big river call Feather Falls. There is night life for adults casinos around...More

1  Thank Rafpallday
Reviewed 3 May 2017

Since the spillway breach flooded our only park and access to the Lake is limited, we don't feel like it serves our needs. The State of California and the DWR are responsible for the lack of recreation areas.

1  Thank Barbara W
Reviewed 12 April 2017

The water is up... way up.. it looks beautiful. I was just at the visitors center two days ago and the people are very nice and you can find may interesting things to learn about the lake and areas.

Thank Michael D
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Lake Oroville is our happy place! It's a huge lake with many places to wakeboard, surf and ski. The water is a great temperature and the views are amazing. There's a sandy beach and waterfall that are both popular places to see. We enjoy the...More

1  Thank Michelle Aldred D
Reviewed 30 March 2017

I wonder how long before they open it up again, with the spillway repairs going on the public is prohibited entry. It's a nice view of the lake, and worth going to see, when you can.

1  Thank Tim T
Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

We visited the center and it was nice and clean. Though the park was soon to close for the day, we did go to the to the top and look at the beautiful view. We saw a family of deer as well. The spillway worker...More

Thank Denah G
Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

I would love to visit in the summer. I bet the water is covered with boats. I visited while they were restoring the emergency spillway so I could not go across the dam. I did visit the visitors center it has a nice tower for...More

Thank Glenn J
Reviewed 14 February 2017

In fact, the lake has been in the news recently as it hit its all-time high, flowing over the top of Oroville dam, the tallest (highest) dam in the United States. About 200,000 people downstream were evacuated due to fears of floods. But so far,...More

Thank jerry758
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2 July 2017|
Response from Tim T | Reviewed this property |
It's far enough away you couldn't hear anything from the spillway work, even the lights are quite a ways away from Bidwell Canyon campgrounds. You should sleep fine, the work is a long ways away, miles away.
20 August 2016|
Response from frau | Reviewed this property |
Loafer Creek camp ground has bathrooms and showers and is off of highway 162 and on the water. Mike
2 June 2016|
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Response from J8963SAjamesm | Reviewed this property |
You didn't mention if you have a boat. Loafer Creek campgroud is an excellent dry camping spot on the east side of Bidwell Canyon. It has a concrete launch and swim areas close by. The nicest campground on the lake is at... More