The three hundred acre Thermalito Forebay is a day use area featuring cool, clear water from Lake Oroville and located in low rolling foothills. Thermalito Forebay also offers scenic Table Mountain to the East. Gravel boat launch closes at sundown. The north area has accessible fishing and restrooms. The North Forebay is reserved exclusively for sailboats, canoes, and other non power driven boats. The area has a disabled accessible fishing pier and frequent trout plants for fishers to enjoy.
The Nelson Road bridge over the Forebay provides ideal vantage points for a great host of waterbirds, including five species of grebes, common and Barrow’s goldeneye, and an occasional rare Pacific or red-throated loon. You'll also discover more rare raptor sightings than anywhere else in the area, including rough-legged hawk, ferruginous hawk, golden eagle and others.