California’s Lake Oroville Visitor Center and State Recreation Area to Offer New and Expanded Programs


Lake Oroville Visitor Center
Credit: DWR

July 6, 2021 – OROVILLE, Calif. – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) and California State Parks will provide expanded educational opportunities at the Lake Oroville Visitor Center and State Recreation Area In the coming months.

As of July 1, DWR exclusively operates facilities at the Oroville Visitor Center, while State Parks will provide programs throughout the Lake Oroville Recreation Area. The visitor center, closed since March 2020 due to COVID-19, was previously operated by State Parks.

During the shutdown, State Parks redeveloped its in-person educational programs for online engagement. With the change, state parks have found new opportunities to further expand outdoor educational programs throughout the Lake Oroville Recreation Area.

Under the new arrangement, State Parks will shift its educational programming from the Visitor Center to various park locations where it will fulfill its mission by educating visitors about the state’s biological diversity and natural and cultural resources, and offering high quality outdoor recreation opportunities. .

State Parks is excited about new opportunities, which ensures the continued commitment of local volunteers through the Volunteer in Parks program with support from the Bidwell Bar Association.

While DWR assumes overall management of the Lake Oroville Visitor Center, current recruitment of additional staff is underway to support operations and to help improve educational opportunities and informational displays that highlight the system of California water distribution and the importance of water in our lives.

Exhibits, tours, and information about the history, operations, and benefits of the California State Water Project, Oroville Dam, and Oroville-Thermalito Complex facilities, including the Fish Hatchery Feather River, will return when the visitor center reopens later this year.

The public can receive recreation information related to Lake Oroville Recreation Area (SRA) at the Northern Buttes District Office ▪ 400 Glen Dr., Oroville, CA 95966 ▪ (530) 538-2200, or by visiting the Lake Oroville SRA website at: Additional area recreation information, including an interactive map, is also available at
Source: CA. DWR


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