Lake Oroville Visitor Center

Lake Oroville Visitor Center

Learn what it took to build the Nation’s tallest dam and California’s second-largest reservoir by touring the Lake Oroville Visitor Center.

There are free movies to watch, exhibits on the California State Water Project, a 46-foot viewing tower with free telescopes, and information on gold mining and Native American history.

Morning Nature Walks

Don’t miss the next Visitor Center’s amazing Saturday Morning Nature Walk. Be at the Visitor Center by 9am to join in the fun!

Here’s the January 2019 schedule:

Jan. 5
Saddle Dam. Walk across the dam to a good viewing site for waterfowl. Then wind your way up past one of California’s finest horse camping areas (even the horses get to shower here!)
Jan. 12
Foreman Creek. Carpool out to the remote site across the lake and discover the Beckwourth Trail marker. Then make your way over to Oroville’s secluded boat-in campground.
Jan. 19
Glen Pond. Walk down to the south side of the diversion pool and cross a couple of streams before you encounter an old olive orchard around a secluded pond. Trains used to rumble through on the rail bed that damned up the pond, and now you can see how nature reclaimed the landscape.
Jan. 26
Sycamore Hill. The most challenging of the Lake Oroville walks, this hike has 600-feet elevation gain with many switchbacks as well as a great view at the top as your reward.


Hikes average around 4 miles and are for all skill levels. The group leaves at 9 AM sharp and returns by around noon.

Be sure to Visit their Facebook Page for more info and updates.

Location Info


(530) 538-2219


The Visitor's Center is open every day from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

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