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What’s open at Lake Oroville?

Chico Enterprise-Record logo Chico Enterprise-Record 6/25/2020 Kyra Gottesman
a small boat in a harbor next to a body of water: Bidwell Marina at Lake Oroville is seen from an area near the Loafer Creek Campground boat launch May 6, 2015 in Oroville. Some facilities at Lake Oroville are reopening, including individual family campsites at Loafer Creek, Bidwell Marina and Lime Saddle. (Bill Husa -- Enterprise-Record file) © Provided by Chico Enterprise-Record Bidwell Marina at Lake Oroville is seen from an area near the Loafer Creek Campground boat launch May 6, 2015 in Oroville. Some facilities at Lake Oroville are reopening, including individual family campsites at Loafer Creek, Bidwell Marina and Lime Saddle. (Bill Husa -- Enterprise-Record file)

OROVILLE — The heat is on and the lake, marinas and surrounding recreation areas are open for summer fun.

Bidwell Canyon Marina is open with some reduction in services. A shuttle service for moorage customers is available and the marina store is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Small boat rentals including ski boats and small patio boats will start July 1 in time for the holiday weekend. The marina’s bar and café, however, is closed until further notice.

Lake Oroville Marina at Lime Saddle is up and running with shuttles to moorage customers and limited rentals. The facility’s houseboats and 44-foot patio pontoon barge are available for rental but the marina is not offering small boat rentals during the 2020 season.

Lake Oroville and the North and South Forebay boat ramps, parking lots, and day use areas are open. The Oroville Dam Spillway Boat Ramp area is open 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. with other Lake Oroville State Recreation Area boat ramps open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Trails and Day Use Areas are open from 8 a.m. to sunset.

Camping is now available at all individual family campsites, according to the State Parks website. To make a reservation, visit www.ReserveCalifornia.com or call 800-444-7275. For more information about camping, visit www.parks.ca.gov/COVID19Camping.

For hikers and bikers there’s some good news, the trails on the north side of the Thermalito Diversion Pool, previously closed for the Oroville Dam Spillway Reconstruction Project, are open.

Outdoor enthusiasts are now able to travel from Burma Road to the Spillway Boat Ramp area and North Fork Trails. In a joint effort California Department of Parks and recreation and the Department of Water Resources have re-aligned trails in the area, both on the north and south sides of the Diversion Pool.

The Brad Freeman Trail now features ‘switchback’ up a new hill made from rock and dirt left over from the spillways project, providing beautiful views of the valley, Table Mountain and the Diversion Pool.

On the south side of the Diversion Pool, there’s a new trail access parking lot west of the Kelly Ridge Power Plant. The graveled parking lot is accessible from Oro Powerhouse Road (off Oro Dam Boulevard East) and provides access to hiking, biking, and fishing opportunities. Boating is not allowed in this upstream area of the Diversion Pool, but boating is allowed on the Diversion Pool further downstream, with access from the Burma Road car-top boat launch off of Cherokee Road. Boating is limited to kayaks, canoes, and other non-gas-powered boats.

While trails, launch ramps and marinas are open, floating and group campsites, as well as the Lake Oroville Visitors Center remain closed until further notice.

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