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With 167 miles of shoreline, California's large man-made lake is all the rage with outdoor adventurers. Located a mere 75 miles north of Sacramento, anglers, boaters, swimmers, campers, and hikers sojourn here in summer to enjoy the lake and its bounty. The lake was created when the Feather River was dammed in 1967 — fans of Lake Oroville like to brag of the dam's immense height. Today the lake not only proves to be a playground for visitors, but also provides water for much of California. Activities run the gamut, ranging from horseback riding to wakeboarding. Hiking trails offer views of the Sutter Buttes (the smallest mountain range in ...

With 167 miles of shoreline, California's large man-made lake is all the rage with outdoor adventurers. Located a mere 75 miles north of Sacramento, anglers, boaters, swimmers, campers, and hikers sojourn here in summer to enjoy the lake and its bounty. The lake was created when the Feather River was dammed in 1967 — fans of Lake Oroville like to brag of the dam's immense height. Today the lake not only proves to be a playground for visitors, but also provides water for much of California. Activities run the gamut, ranging from horseback riding to wakeboarding. Hiking trails offer views of the Sutter Buttes (the smallest mountain range in the world), the Sierra Nevada mountains, Lake Oroville, and in spring, an array of wildflowers. Most visitors populate the plentiful campsites, some of which are boat-in, floating, or sturdy on the land. The visitor center museum, tower, and shop are worth a stop.

Michele Bigley
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Michele Bigley is the author of Northern California: An Explorer's Guide and Great Destinations Kauai from Countryman Press.

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Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    Summer, spring