Bidwell Canyon Campground

Lake Oroville


Lake Oroville


Bidwell Canyon Campground, Lake Oroville, CA

Bidwell Canyon Campground

Lake Oroville
Attractions and Activities

Lake Oroville is very popular with bass fishermen and with boaters and water skiers as well as hikers, horseback riders, and anyone looking for outdoor recreation. Bidwell Canyon Campground is close to the main facilities of the lake, including a marina and launch ramps.

  • Set out onto the clear waters of Lake Oroville for water skiing, jet skiing, sailing, cruising, wake boarding, and swimming.
  • Around the lake find an excellent horse camp and boat-in camps. Unique floating campsites may also be reserved.
  • Tour the Lake Oroville Visitor Center with museum and exhibits.
  • Around the lake find marinas with boat rentals and launch ramps.
  • Spend a week on a houseboat cruising all the inlets and coves.
  • Hike the trails around the lake, including the popular Feather Falls trail.
  • Bicycle on the many roads and paths open to cycling.
  • In Oroville visit the Feather River Nature Center, the Pioneer History Museum, and the Feather River Fish Hatchery.

Key Bidwell Canyon Campground Regulations

  1. Generators may only be operated between 10 AM and 8 PM.
  2. Fires must be confined to provided fire rings.
  3. Dogs must be on leash and always attended. At night they must be in a tent or vehicle.

Bidwell Canyon Campground

Bidwell Canyon Campground is part of the Lake Oroville State Recreation Area. The campground is located near the Bidwell Marina on the south side of the lake, adjacent to the boat launch ramps.

Bidwell Canyon Campground features 75 campsites divided into two loops on either side of the marina - Big Pine Campground (sites 1-39) and Gold Flat Campground (sites 40-75). The sites accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. All the sites have full hook-ups. Reservations for Bidwell Canyon campsites are non-specific, which means that you will be assigned a site upon arrival.

Bidwell Canyon Campground Basics
Bidwell Canyon Campground Location: Bidwell Canyon and Arroyo Drive on the south side of Lake Oroville
Elevation: 925 feet
Mileage and driving time from gateway city: Oroville - 7 miles, 11 minutes
Sacramento - 75 miles, 1:27
Number of Sites: 75
Open - Closed: open year-round
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 vehicle and 1 legally towed vehicle (fee for additional vehicle)
Pets: on leash, always attended
Information: (530) 538-2219

Reservations for Bidwell Canyon Campground
Reservations available from April 1 to October 15, up to 6 months in advance of arrival date; other times of year first come, first served
Maximum RV/trailer Length: RVs 40 feet, trailers 31 feet
Accessible Sites: accessible sites available
Favorite Campsites: #11, 12, 13, 26, 31, 32, 44, 46, 50, 66, 68, 71
Fees: $45 per night
Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia: Bidwell Canyon Campground Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out Noon

Bidwell Canyon Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grill, full hook-ups (30 amp)
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, tap water
Showers: Yes
Dump station: Yes
Campgrounds Map: Lake Oroville Campgrounds Map
Attractions near Bidwell Canyon Campground: Head to Lake Oroville for boating, swimming, water skiing, and fishing. Find convenient launch ramps. Enjoy local hiking trails. Tour the Visitor Center and climb the 47-foot viewpoint tower. At the top of the tower are high-power telescopes for views from the lake to the Sierra. Saddle up with Lazy T Trail Rides.

ReserveCalifornia Reservations Tips

California State Parks' new reservation system - ReserveCalifornia - now allows campers "to make reservations 6 months to the day in advance of their arrival date." For example, on January 1 reservations can be made for stays beginning on July 1. In the past, reservations were released in one-month blocks. Now it is day by day. For months with fewer days than the month 6 months away, reservations for the remaining days will be released in a small cluster on the first of the next month. For example, on March 1 (because February is a short month) you can make reservations for stays beginning August 29-31. Read details at ReserveCalifornia.

General Camping Information

Opening and closing dates of campgrounds are only estimates, usually dependent on snow conditions. Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the reservation website when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.

In order to prevent the spread of invasive insects, firewood from outside the area is not permitted.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.

Bidwell Canyon Campground, Lake Oroville, CA

Bidwell Canyon Campground

Lake Oroville Observations Tower, Lake Oroville, CA

Lake Oroville Observation Tower

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