Coming up this Saturday (12/15) is the Lake Oroville Visitor Center's Train Tunnel walk along the Diversion Pool below the dam and through the mysterious tunnel!
Don't forget your spelunking gear ;-) (just kidding) and be sure to get there early. They leave at 9 AM on the dot.
Visit their Facebook Page for more updates and to RSVP.
Check out our Visit Oroville Guide to find more fun things to do and to learn more about Saturday Morning Walks at the Lake Oroville Visitor Center.
Located on the north side of Oroville off Hwy 70, the aquatic center is located in a beautiful park setting on the edge of a small lake. In addition to swimming and picnicking, they offer sailing lessons, kayaking day trips, SUP yoga (stand-up paddleboard yoga), summer rowing camps, and much more. Dogs are welcome!
A popular trail with both hikers and cyclists around Lake Oroville. This is a 40-mile trail on the far side of the dam with long stretches of flat trail.
This 3 mile long, paved bike path connects Riverbend Park to the Veteran’s Memorial Building and runs adjacent to Bedrock Park. It is a wonderful way to start the day and end up downtown for a coffee!
Lake Oroville recreation area encompasses about 28,450 acres near the City of Oroville. The park offers a variety of outdoor recreation activities including boating, fishing, water sports, swimming, horseback riding, biking, hiking and wildlife viewing. The area includes Oroville Lake, as well as the Feather River – both excellent fishing spots. The Lake Oroville Visitor Center has a museum, exhibits, videos and a store. Dogs on leashes are welcome.
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.
The Department of Water Resources has provided this update concerning access to local recreational activities this summer.
• The free access program for day use and boat launching at the Lake Oroville State Recreation Area continues next week on July 5 and 6. The remaining free access days are August 2-3 and September 6-7.
• The Thermalito Diversion Pool, and Burma Road and Brad Freeman Trail on the northern shore of the diversion pool, will re-open to the public from Friday, June 29 through Wednesday, July 4 for hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking and more. Visitors can access the area off Thompson Flat Cemetery Road.
• DWR and State Parks will re-open a portion of the Dan Beebe Trail between Glen Pond and Canyon Drive on Friday, June 29. Visitors will have access to over three miles of trails, which run along the southern shore of the Diversion Pool.
• DWR is investing more than $30 million to build new boat ramp lanes, extend existing lanes for low-level water access, and add additional parking and new site amenities at recreation sites across the lake.