About Lake Oroville State Recreation Area
This park is big— 29,447 acres, to be exact! The park and lake offer up an amazing array of recreational activities including “floating campsites,” (yes, you heard us right). Whether you are into water-skiing or hiking, this park has what you desire. This is a must-visit destination for water lovers and if when you get there, make sure to check out the 47-foot observation tower… what a view!
Campgrounds in Lake Oroville
Do you love camping, but get annoyed at neighbors blasting Motley Crue until the early morning? No, we didn’t think so, you were probably joining...
Bloomer Primitive Camping Area offers a more private experience than most. This is mainly due to the fact that it is mainly “boat in,” however...
Lime saddle campground have a launch ramp, picnic tables, and restrooms. There is a nearby marina for all your fuel and food needs. There are 24...
If you’ve got a horse, then this is your spot. . . it’s even got a “horse washing station!” This small camp is near an extensive trail riding...
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History of Lake Oroville State Recreation Area
Lake Oroville was created by Oroville Dam, which the State Department of Water Resources completed in 1967 after 5 years of construction. Lake Oroville conserves water for distribution by the State Water Project to homes, farms, and industries in the San Francisco Bay Area, the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California. The Oroville facilities of the project also serve to provide flood control and smog free generation of electric power in addition to recreation.
When the lake is at its maximum elevation, it includes some 15,500 surface acres for recreation and 167 miles of shoreline. Recreation areas are spotted around the lake and boaters can land at any point to explore the surrounding country.