Explore Butte County | Lake Oroville
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Lake Oroville

The second largest reservoir in California created by the largest earthen dam in the country, Lake Oroville is a water recreation paradise.


Nationally renowned for its supreme bass fishing, Bassmaster Magazine called Lake Oroville the “best bass fishing spot in California.” In addition to both largemouth and smallmouth bass, the lake is also home to Chinook salmon, catfish, mackinaw, sturgeon, white crappie, rainbow and brown trout. Fishing is open all year but a California sport fishing license is required

Boating & Floating

The lake contains 167 miles of shoreline, providing plenty of secluded coves and beaches for swimmers, snorkelers and picnickers, as well as adventurous boaters and fishermen to explore. The reservoir is also home to incredible house boating, waterskiing, paddle boarding and kayaking. Explore the upper arm of the reservoir to catch a view of 410-foot Feather Falls.

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