Bassmaster magazine voted Lake Oroville as the best spot to catch bass. But bass aren’t the only fish in Lake Oroville, there are Chinook salmon, catfish, mackinaw and brown trout, too. Camping opportunities abound at Lake Oroville State Recreation Area including boat-in campsites, floating campsites, primitive boat-in campsites and RV hookup sites. Loafer Creek Campgrounds also boasts horse camps. For camping reservations, call Reserve America at 800-444-PARK (7275). With 167 miles of shoreline to explore, boating, water skiing, wake boarding and other water activities abound.
The Forebay Aquatic Center at the North Forebay
When it comes to water crafts, they have something for everyone-daily rentals such as kayaks, pedal boats, hydro bikes, canoes, and sailboats. In addition to the rentals, the center offers lessons, group events, environmental educations, guided outings, hosts the Feather River Rowing Club, and provides aquatic camps for youths ages 7-12. The Aquatic Center is located at 930 Garden Dr., Oroville, CA 95965.
Hours: May 26-Labor Day Weekend: Thurs-Fri 12pm – 7pm, Sat – Sun 10am – 6pm
Boathouse & Info: 530.774.7934 or www.forebayaquaticcenter.com
The North Forebay
A sailor’s dream come true. Reserved for non-motorized use only, it is ranked as the best sailing and windsurfing north of the Bay Area. These waters and winds are delightful. The spot is also popular with those who prefer to canoe, swim, or just relax in the sun. A 200-yard sandy swimming beach has men’s and women’s dressing rooms, drinking water, and shade trees to keep the sun off your picnic table and you. A 15-space RV campsite and restrooms are also found at the North Forebay.
The South Forebay
The spot for speed competitions. Jet ski, speedboat and hydroplanes all come here to show what they’re made of. There’s also a new swimming beach, a picnic area, and a fish cleaning station, as well as shade trees.
The Lake Oroville Visitor Center
The Visitor Center is just a short drive from Bidwell Marina, is a great source for just about any kind of information on the area. The center, a joint venture between California’s Dept. of Parks & Recreation and the Dept. of Water Resources, has exhibits which cover the history of the California water projects from the early Spanish-built dams to the dams of today, Maidu Indian Culture, gold rush days and local wildlife. More than 40 videos are available for viewing upon request. Be sure to climb the 47 foot high viewing tower for spectacular views of the lake, mountains and valley.
Feather River Fish Hatchery & Nature Center
The fish hatchery can accommodate 9,000 adult salmon and 2,000 adult steelhead. The incubators can hold 20 million eggs, and 9.6 million fingerlings can be reared in the eight concrete raceways. During their run, (heaviest in September-November but extending into February) the fish can be seen through windows built into the wall, jumping the ladder-like steps leading to the gathering tanks, providing an aquarium-like view.
Every year, Oroville is host to several festivals celebrating may of the wonderful assets to Oroville: Salmon, Olives, and our People. Learn more
Things to do!
Not only is Oroville rich in history, there are tons of things to do in and around the Oroville Area! Learn more