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About Oroville Dam

Oroville Dam is an earthfill embankment dam on the Feather River east of the city of Oroville. it is the tallest dam in the U.S. and serves mainly for water supply, hydroelectricity generation and flood control. The dam impounds Lake Oroville, the second largest man-made lake in the state of California,

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Lake Oroville State Rec Area

Lake Oroville State Rec Area

1.22km from Oroville Dam

A wonderful state park in United States, surrounding Lake Oroville, a reservoir on the Feather River. This area has lots of camping and fishing access for those who like the outdoors. There is a visitor center with interpretive exhibits and a 47-foot observation tower overlooking the lake and dam.Hidden train tunnels - When the water level gets low you can see train tunnels that are normally submerged.

Mother Orange Tree of Butte County

Mother Orange Tree of Butte County

3.53km from Oroville Dam

The Mother Orange Tree is the oldest living orange tree in Northern California. Originally planted in Bidwell's Bar near the Bidwell Bar Bridge, the tree is a Mediterranean sweet orange Citrus × sinensis cultivar. It has survived the Gold Rush, floods, and freezes, and is going strong at the storied age of 161. As the years passed and the tree flourished, growing to a height of over 60 feet, it was a favorite attraction of miners.

Thermalito Diversion Pool

Thermalito Diversion Pool

3.57km from Oroville Dam

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.

Bidwell Bar Bridge

Bidwell Bar Bridge

4.75km from Oroville Dam

This is the highest reservoir bridge in North America. This bridge crosses the parts of Lake Oroville. It was also the 3rd highest bridge in the world after the Royal Gorge suspension and Glen Canyon Dam arch bridges

Table Mountain

Table Mountain

6.08km from Oroville Dam

North Table Mountain and South Table Mountain are two prominent basaltic mesas overlooking the city of Oroville, California. In the scientific literature, both mesas are also known as North Oroville Table Mountain and South Oroville Table Mountain in order to differentiate them from the Table Mountain. They are named for their flat surface, like a tabletop; because of this it is often mistakenly called Table Top Mountain.

Feather River Fish Hatchery

Feather River Fish Hatchery

6.39km from Oroville Dam

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.

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