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Lake Oroville

Boating can be enjoyed year-round whether you're waterskiing, trolling, looking for wildlife, or just taking in the shoreline. There are five multilane boat launch ramps around Lake Oroville. Each one has a variable number of lanes, based on current lake elevation. Because lake level can vary tremendously throughout the year, wait-times and availability for boat launch may change.

The following table lists the launch ramps on Lake Oroville, along with the number of lanes available at different elevations.

Launch Ramp Facility Information
Launch Ramp Facility Lake Elevation Number of Launch Ramp Lanes
Bidwell Canyon 680 - 745 feet
735 - 781 feet
781 - 802 feet
802 - 850 feet
850 - 900 feet
3 Lanes
2 Lanes
4 Lanes
5 Lanes
7 Lanes
Loafer Creek 775 - 800 feet
800 - 900 feet
2 Lanes
8 Lanes
Spillway – currently unavailable during construction 685 - 695 feet
695 - 726 feet
726 - 820 feet
810 - 900 feet
1 Lane
2 Lanes
8 Lanes
12 Lanes
Lime Saddle 702 - 763 feet
763 - 800 feet
800 - 900 feet
Enterprise 820 - 900 feet 2 Lanes
Car Top Launch Areas:
  • *Nelson Bar
  • *Vinton Gulch
  • Stringtown
  • Dark Canyon
  • Foreman Creek
  • N/A N/A

    *Nelson Bar is in Stringtown and Vinton Gulch is in Foreman Creek.

    boat ramp
    Spillway Launch Ramp by Oroville Dam

    Boating Rules
    • All boaters should be familiar with boating rules and regulations. Obtain a booklet called The ABCs of California Boating Law from the Department of Boating and Waterways, or at any park entrance or marina.
    • The speed limit is five miles per hour within 100 feet of a swimmer or 200 feet of any shore, boat launch facility or designated mooring area. Waterskiing is not permitted in the narrow upper reaches of the lake's tributaries.
    • Watch for Floating logs and driftwood. These are boating hazards, especially during the winter and spring, when heavy rains wash dangerous debris into the lake.
    • Night boating is only allowed for boats equipped with the proper running lights. The speed limit is five miles per hour.
    • If you leave your boat to go ashore, be sure to tie it up securely!
    • Be alert to fluctuating hazard conditions. The lake level fluctuates daily throughout the year. Summer and fall draw down (lower); winter and spring rise. This change in surface level also changes the location of shoals near shore.