Near the City of Oroville this man-made lake was formed by the tallest earth-filled dam (770 feet above the stream bed of the Feather River) in the country. The lake offers a wide variety of outdoor activities including camping, picnicking, horseback riding, hiking, sail and power boating, water-skiing, fishing, swimming, boat-in camping, floating campsites and horse camping. Lake Oroville Visitor Center has a museum, exhibits, videos and a store. The view from the 47-foot tower, with two high-powered telescopes, is a spectacular panoramic view of the lake, Sierra Nevadas, valley, foothills, and the Sutter Buttes mountain range (smallest in the world). The area includes the Feather River Fish Hatchery, built by the Department of Water Resources to replace lost spawning areas for salmon and steelhead. Displays on the State Water Project and the areas natural and cultural history are featured at the visitors center.

Awesome loop had a blast and view is great

hiking
13 days ago

Absolutely breath taking! Most of the trail is shaded by trees and pass through few creeks to cool down

23 days ago

I was maybe a little unprepared for this hike. We had seen a couple and asked asked whether to take the 3.3 or the 4.5 trail to get to the falls they suggested the 4.5. This led us to 11 miles once we were done. Also didn't help we went on such a hot day it was over 100. Only because we weren't rewarded with a swimming hole that we could take a dip in. We did however stop at the first falls which was about 2 miles in. The actual Feather falls Waterfall was thriving and beautiful but there is lack of shade once you get to the look out point. Be very prepared with lots of water and aware of the no swimming holes to cool down in. Also that its a tad longer than what the site says depending on if you take the lower trails.

1 month ago

mountain biking
1 month ago

lots of water and make sure you start early

If you are going to go behind the falls, please be aware to not get in the water, and use your common senses. The lower trail is still in disrepair after this winter.

Very nice hike. We took the upper trail to the Falls and came back the same way. It is a little longer than the loop. Other reviewers mentioned the lower trail was in disrepair so we skipped it. Ended up being more like an 11 mile hike round trip. Not strenuous but a satisfying, lengthy hike with a beautiful view of Feather Falls.