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Lake Oroville State Recreation Area

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    28901.83 acres

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Description

Near the City of Oroville this man-made lake was formed by the tallest earth-filled dam in the country at 900 feet at max capacity. (770 feet above the stream bed of the Feather River)

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.

The lake offers a wide variety of outdoor activities including camping, picnicking, horseback riding, hiking, sail and power boating, water-skiing, fishing, swimming, boat-in camping, floating campsites and horse camping.

Allowed Activities
Boating
Road Biking
Hiking
Horseback Riding
Scuba Diving
Swimming
Windsurfing
Geocaching
Fishing
Tent Camping
Rv Camping
Mountain Biking
Picnicking
Snorkeling
Wildlife Watching
Good For
Families
Wheelchairs
Rules & Regulation
Dogs Permitted With Restrictions

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