Oroville Wildlife Area - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting
945 Oro Dam Blvd W, Oroville, CA 95965, USA
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About Oroville Wildlife Area
The Oroville Wildlife Area is over 11,000 acres of riparian woodland habitat along the Feather River and grasslands around the Thermalito Afterbay. Warm water fish species can be found in the numerous dredger ponds and the Thermalito Afterbay. Wildlife species seen in the area include coyote, badger, fox, bobcat, porcupine, osprey, white-tailed kite, egrets, woodpeckers, and warblers.
Attractions Near Oroville Wildlife Area
A beautiful park which provides year-round river access, open lawn and miles of scenic paved and unpaved paths with riparian conservation areas for local wildlife. A dog Off Leash Area with river access can be found in the neighboring gravel lot on the east side of the park. It is also a very popular summer destination for river floating and summer events; expect limited parking and a high volume of trail and river use traffic during warm summer days or Old Mill events.
This is a museum and active temple that showcases the history of the Chinese community in Butte County and Northern California, starting during California's Gold Rush and into the early 20th century. The Chinese Temple is a unique piece of California's cultural heritage and should be on every Butte County visitor's itinerary.
The Feather River Hatchery raises Chinook salmon and steelhead along the Feather River, just below Lake Oroville. Visitors can watch migrating salmon from mid-September to mid-November or spawning steelhead from mid December through mid-February through an underwater viewing window. Visitors will enjoy their time at Feather River Hatchery any time of year and great fishing is available on Lake Oroville and several nearby rivers.
Thermalito Forebay is a day use area featuring cool, clear water from Lake Oroville and located in low rolling foothills, with scenic views of Table Mountain to the east. features 300 surface acres of water, a 200-yard swimming area with a sandy beach, and plenty of shade. There are men's and women's dressing rooms, flush toilets, a drinking fountain, and a disabled-accessible fishing pier.
The Thermalito Diversion Pool, in tandem with the Diversion Dam, serves to create a tailwater pool for Hyatt Powerplant, just around the bend to the East, at the base of Oroville Dam. The diversion pool also acts as a forebay when Hyatt Powerplant is pumping water back into Lake Oroville, as well as provides recreation opportunities.
Thermalito Afterbay, a diversion pool downstream of Lake Oroville, is another option for boaters and paddlers. With 17 miles of shoreline and 4,300 surface acres of water, the Thermalito Afterbay is open for boating, swimming, fishing, picnicking, and limited hunting. No-wake speed limits before and after sunset allow for peaceful paddling, swimming and fishing.
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