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Lake Oroville

kayaking lake orovilleLake Oroville Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information

CAUTION: June 30, 2017, Toxic Algae in San Luis Reservoir 

State officials are warning people not to swim in the San Luis Reservoir and to avoid eating fish from its water. The Department of Water Resources on Friday upgraded the advisory for blue-green algae in the reservoir to danger after testing near the Basalt boat ramp earlier this week. The algae is toxic and exposure can cause skin rashes, eye irritation, mouth ulcers, vomiting, diarrhea or cold and flu-like symptoms.

The drawback to paddling Lake Oroville is there are only four boat launch accesses, and three of the launches are located within a short distance of each other. Unfortunately, this Lake Oroville Kayakingdoesn’t allow you to paddle the lake sections at a time, unless you opt to camp overnight at one of the boat-in campgrounds. The four launches are located at: Bidwell Canyon Marina, Loafer Creek, Spillway and Lime Saddle Marina.

Camping is allowed in boat-in campsites only. Craig, Foreman Creek and Lime Saddle boat-in campgrounds don’t have any water or restroom facilities, but there are two floating restrooms.

 Lake Oroville is a popular boating destination because of its warm water and air temperatures. Keep your eyes open for while paddling for wild turkeys, raccoons, ring-tailed cats, and deer.

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Lake Oroville is known as a spotted bass fishing location but it also offers a wide variety of other species of fish including rainbow, lake and brown trout, large, smallmouth bass, coho and king salmon, catfish, crappie, bluegill and sturgeon. Unfortunately, due to the lake’s size and limited number of launch locations this destination is often passed by. In hopes of increasing the quantity and size of the bass, the Department of Fish and Game has established a slot limit for all species of bass. Fish between 12" and 15" cannot be kept, or in your possession, even if future release is in tended.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 54 60 65 71 80 89 95 93 87 78 63 560
Low 36 40 43 46 52 58 62 59 55 49 41 37

Open: Lake Oroville is open for boating and camping all year. Boating is allowed twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Night boating is allowed with running lights. The boat speed is 5 m.p.h. at night and 5 m.p.h. within 200’ from the shore.

Fees: There are fees for day use, for pets, to launch and to camp.

 Lake Facilities: The lake consist of four paved boat launch accesses, two marinas, boat rThe Best Places to Kayak in California Guide Bookentals, jet and waterskiing, sailing, power boating, windsurfing, fishing, hiking and horseback riding trails, several primitive boat-in campsites and a visitors center. Swimming beaches are located near Bidwell Canyon and Loafer Creek campgrounds. All types of boating are permitted year-round, twenty-four hours a day.


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