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Lake Oroville
Clay Pit State Vehicle Recreation Area:

Two miles west of Oroville, clay was mined and removed to build the Oroville Dam. The resulting 220 acre fenced depression makes up the Clay Pit State Vehicle Recreation Area (SVRA). It's a large shallow pit ringed with low hills, and creates an excellent site for all-terrain recreational vehicles including ATVs, dune buggies, and motorcycles.

The park includes vaulted toilets, picnic tables, and shade ramadas. No camping is allowed at Clay Pit SVRA.


From Highway 70, take the Oro Dam exit, head west on Oro Dam Blvd. Turn left on Larkin road. About 0.75 miles you'll see a sign for the park, turn left into the SVRA.


Summer weather is usually hot and dry, with temperatures ranging between the 80s and low 100s. Winter temperatures range between the low 30s to high 50s and can be wet. Fall and spring temperatures are mild with warm days and cool nights.

Park Hours:

8 a.m. to Sunset
7 days a week

For more information, contact State Parks at:

(916) 985-1094 or see the California State Parks website.