Camping On Lake Oroville
Leave the road behind and cruise to your own corner of Lake Oroville! Whether it’s by kayak, fishing pontoon, or ski boat, you can access a unique floating or boat-in camping experience you won’t soon forget. Bring your own ride or rent one at either the Bidwell Canyon Marina or Lake Oroville Marina.
Many lakes in California offer lakeside camping, but Lake Oroville is home to the only campsites in the state where you can picnic, barbecue, and pitch your tent right on the lake! Lake Oroville’s 10 floating campsites each feature room for up to 15 visitors and three vessels (two personal watercraft count as one vessel). Bring food for grilling and take advantage of the propane barbecue and shaded picnic table. A sink, restroom, and storage closet help make the floating campsites convenient for the entire family. You can pitch several tents on the flat upper deck or just sleep under the stars. The floating campsites make a perfect home base in between your other adventures on Lake Oroville (just make sure to bring of drinking water with you, as there's no potable water on the campsites!).
Make your reservations at Reserve California by choosing "Lake Oroville SRA" and then "Floating Camping Area". You’ll be able to pick which site you want, if available.
- Floating campsites #1, #2, #3, #5, and #6 are close to Bidwell Canyon Marina and the Spillway and Loafer Creek boat launch ramps. Campsite #1 has accessibility features.
- Site #4 on the North Fork of Lake Oroville is the closest site to Lime Saddle
- Sites #7 through #10 are found east of the Bidwell Bar Bridge (Highway 162) near the Enterprise boat launch ramp.
Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance of arrival date. Fees are $175 per night.
Make your Butte County adventure even wilder by camping at one of Lake Oroville’s boat-in campgrounds! Each camping area is nestled in the scenic oak woodlands that surround Lake Oroville to help give you that feeling of getting away. Check in at one of Lake Oroville’s entrance stations for directions and to reserve your site. The campgrounds have signs visible from the lake to help you find your way.
There are five boat-in campgrounds that are first-come, first-serve.
- The Foreman Creek campground (26 sites) is centrally located on Lake Oroville and is closest to the Spillway and Bidwell Canyon areas.
- Craig Saddle (18 sites) is tucked in between the Middle Fork and South Fork of Lake Oroville.
- Goat Ranch (5 sites) is a small campground near the Lime Saddle area.
- Bloomer Point (25 sites) and Bloomer Knoll (5 sites) can be found about halfway between the dam and the Lime Saddle area along the lake’s North Fork.
Each site, sized for up to eight visitors, has a picnic table, fire ring, and garbage can. A vault toilet is available at each campground, but be sure to bring your own water!
Large groups (up to 75 people and 25 watercraft) can reserve the boat-in Bloomer Group Camp at Reserve California.
For those coming from the south, Oroville is about 25 miles north of Marysville and 65 miles north of Sacramento. Take Highway 70 to Oroville and exit east onto Oro Dam Boulevard (Exit 46) to access most of Lake Oroville’s features. To access the Lime Saddle area, continue north along Highway 70 about 12 miles past the City of Oroville and turn left onto Pentz Road. The Lime Saddle entrance will be on your left after two miles.
For those coming from the north, Oroville is about 90 miles south of Redding and 20 miles south of Chico. When travelling south along Highway 99, take the Highway 149 split towards Oroville. To reach the Lime Saddle area, take northbound Highway 70 for about six miles and turn left onto Pentz Road. The Lime Saddle entrance will be on your left after two miles. For most other Lake Oroville access points, take Highway 70 southbound to Oroville and exit east onto Oro Dam Boulevard (Exit 46).
Check out the Lake Oroville State Recreation Area Campground Map to help you find your way!