The North Thermalito Forebay is located in the city of Oroville, 7 miles downstream from Oroville Dam. It is reserved for sailboats, canoes and other non-motorized boats. The Forebay Aquatic Center is located there and offers watercraft classes and boat rentals. For more information see Forebay Aquatic Center
The facilities at North Thermalito Forebay include a boat launch ramp, day-use area with BBQ stoves, picnic tables, and group areas. There is also a swimming beach with dressing rooms.
The South Thermalito Forebay is separated from the north forebay by a bridge. At the southwestern end of the forebay is a boat ramp, a paved parking area, and restrooms. Powerboats are allowed on the South Thermalito Forebay during the following hours: 11-7 PM Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 11-8 PM Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; and 12-5 PM on Sundays. Fishing is popular here.
The Thermalito Afterbay is downstream from the forebay. Motorized boats, jet skis, sailboats, houseboats, and kayaks are allowed on the Afterbay.
The Diversion Pool is immediately downstream from Oroville Dam. Only non-motorized boats are allowed there.
Lake Oroville's broad surface and winding inlets provide an exciting playground for pleasure boaters, sailors, water-skiers, and houseboaters. Bass anglers ply spread across the lake in search of the perfect spot to land that trophy fish. Warm summer temperatures make the lake a popular vacation destination.
Entrance Fee: $8
Boat Launch Fee: $5
Lime Saddle Recreation Area, Lake Oroville, CA
12 Miles north of Oroville, Off Highway 70, take Pentz Road
1-800-255-5561 Website: Lake Oroville Marina
|There is a two hour minimum on all boat rentals. Fuel is extra.|
|Open Bow Ski Boat||19'||7||$70-$75||$375-$425|
|Patio Boat with Canopy||22'||8||NA||$175|
|Patio Pontoon with Bathroom, Sun Deck||44'||15||NA||$495-$525|
South Shore of Lake Oroville
(530) 589-9175 Website: Bidwell Canyon Marina
Overnight boating is permitted for boats with self-contained sanitary facilities; all waste and water outlets must be sealed. Sanitation stations available around the lake.
Mooring is permitted except where posted. No-mooring areas include both marinas and the area south of a line between Potter point and the Highway 162 Bridge. Overnight camping on shore is only allowed at designated campgrounds.
Water skiing is not permitted in narrow upper reaches of Lake Oroville's tributaries.
Floating logs and other debris can present a hazard, especially during the winter in spring. Changing water levels can create new hazards, especially during summer and fall draw downs.
|Lanes||Facilities||Fee||Closes when lake is drawn below|
|Bidwell Canyon||3-7||Marina, Store, Restrooms||$5||680'|
|Lime Saddle||5||Vault Toilets Marina||$5||775'|
|Dark Canyon||North Fork, Dark Canyon Road off Hwy 70|
|Nelson Bar||West Branch, Pentz Road off Hwy 70, near Lime Saddle|
|Foreman Creek||Foreman Cr. Rd., off Hwy 162|
|Stringtown||South Fork, Stringtown Rd.|
|Vinton Gulch||Off Cherokee Rd., near West Branch Bridge|
The Lake Oroville Yacht Club (LOYC) is an organization of Northern California sailors dedicated to
promoting the joy of sailing.
Website: Lake Oroville Yacht Club
PO Box 787, Palermo, CA 95968
A & M Prop Repair
2669 Andy Mountain Road, Oroville, CA
Lake Oroville Boat Repair
3428 Pentz Road, Paradise, CA
Bidwell Boat Repair Shop
801 Bidwell Canyon Road, Oroville, CA
3380 Olive Highway, Oroville, CA
Website: John's Marine
Wilson's Paradise Marine
5368 Clark Rd., Paradise, CA
4445 Granite Dr. #501, Rocklin, CA
9500 Micron Ave. #116, Sacramento, CA