Best trails in Lake Oroville State Recreation Area

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Looking for a great trail in Lake Oroville State Recreation Area, California? AllTrails has 11 great hiking trails, views trails, lake trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 8 moderate trails in Lake Oroville State Recreation Area ranging from 4.8 to 30.1 km and from 83 to 454 meters above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description
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.
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Map of trails in Lake Oroville State Recreation Area
Park information
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sunday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Contact
530-538-2219
Top trails (11)
#1 - Potters Point Loop Trail
Lake Oroville State Recreation Area
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Length: 8.0 km • Est. 2 h 27 m
NOW OPEN Friday to Sunday 5 am - 11 p.m. The first landmark one encounters at Lake Oroville SRA is the truly massive dam overlooking the town of Oroville. It is also possibly the highest such earth Show more
#2 - Kelly Ridge Point
Lake Oroville State Recreation Area
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Length: 4.8 km • Est. 1 h 27 m
Kelly Ridge Point is a 4.8 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Oroville, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity optShow more
#3 - Lake Oroville Potters Ravine and North Fork Trail
Lake Oroville State Recreation Area
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Length: 30.1 km • Est. 8 h 12 m
Open Friday to Sunday 5 am - 11 p.m. Lake Oroville has some nice mountain bike trails right along the high water level of the lake.  This means no long up or down hills, just short ups and downs.  ThShow more
#4 - Freeman Trail
Lake Oroville State Recreation Area
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Length: 13.4 km • Est. 3 h 43 m
Note: This trail may be CLOSED due to construction. Please refer to the park page for more information.Show more
#5 - Roy Rogers Trail
Lake Oroville State Recreation Area
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Length: 8.9 km • Est. 2 h 32 m
Roy Rogers Trail is a 8.9 kilometer loop trail located near Oroville, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips.Show more
#6 - Afterbay Walk
Lake Oroville State Recreation Area
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Length: 2.9 km • Est. 44 m
Afterbay Walk is a 2.9 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Oroville, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily uShow more
#7 - Thermalito Diversion Pool Trail
Lake Oroville State Recreation Area
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Length: 10.3 km • Est. 2 h 49 m
Thermalito Diversion Pool Trail is a 10.3 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Oroville, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a nuShow more
#8 - Lake Oroville Bidwell Canyon and Loafer Creek Mountain Bike Ride
Lake Oroville State Recreation Area
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Length: 19.5 km
Lake Oroville has several good mountain bike rides that take you just above the high water shoreline.  Bidwell Canyon and Loafer Creek Trails are fairly easy mountain bike rides as they are not too stShow more
#9 - Loafer Trail to Bidwell Marina
Lake Oroville State Recreation Area
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Length: 16.3 km • Est. 4 h 38 m
Loafer Trail to Bidwell Marina is a 16.3 kilometer out and back trail located near Oroville, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, Show more
#10 - Brooks Orchard Loop
Lake Oroville State Recreation Area
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Length: 5.1 km • Est. 1 h 28 m
Brooks Orchard Loop is a 5.1 kilometer loop trail located near Oroville, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips.Show more
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