The approximately 11,800-acre Oroville Wildlife Area is primarily riparian woodland habitat along the Feather River and grasslands around the Thermalito Afterbay. Warm water fish species (largemouth bass, bluegill, green sunfish, channel catfish, and black crappie) can be found in the numerous dredger ponds and the Thermalito Afterbay. Salmon, steelhead, shad, and striped bass can be found in the Feather River. Wildlife species seen in the area include coyote, badger, fox, bobcat, porcupine, osprey, white-tailed kite, egrets, woodpeckers, and warblers. There are good populations of coyotes, deer, dove, quail, and waterfowl, and fair populations of squirrel and rabbit.
Activities: fishing, wildlife viewing, hunting, and shooting range. The shooting range is for rifles, pistols, shotguns, archery, and is open from sunrise to sunset. There is no Rangemaster. Facilities: camping, restrooms, and launch access.
One of Oroville’s most spectacular outdoor treasures is an impressive 410-foot tall waterfall. Feather Falls is located on the Fall River, a tributary of the Middle Fork Feather River, within the Plumas National Forest. The nine-mile round-trip trail to Feather Falls is considered moderate. There is also a steeper 7-mile loop option. You’ll need your hiking boots or a comfy pair of walking shoes, a picnic lunch, and a camera!
Getting There: From Oroville at the Oro-Dam Blvd. and Hwy 162 (Olive Hwy) junction, head east for 7.3 miles, turn right on Forbestown Road and drive 5.1 miles. At Lumpkin road, turn left and drive 10.5 miles down a winding grade to the signed turnoff for Feather Falls. At this point, turn left (21N35Y) and the trailhead will one mile ahead.