While Lake Oroville is famous as one of the premier bass fishing destinations in the West, it has plenty more to offer. Outdoor activities at Lake Oroville include boating, water skiing, swimming, houseboating, camping, and hiking. With easy access from Highways 70 and 99 in California's northern Mother Lode country, Lake Oroville attracts visitors from up and down the coast and across the country. The lake's surface area of 15,500 acres, makes it the second largest reservoir in California (behind Shasta Lake).
Similar in configuration to Shasta Lake, Lake Oroville stretches out behind its dam in several long, twisting arms created by four branches of the Feather River: the North Fork, the Middle Fork, the West Branch, and the South Fork.