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.
Although the drought in California lowered Lake Oroville's water level considerably, several recent good years of rain have brought the lake back to its prime.
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||$375|
|Patio Boat with Canopy||22'||8||NA||$175|
|Patio Pontoon with Bathroom, Sun Deck||44'||15||NA||$495|
South Shore of Lake Oroville
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|
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