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
Generators may only be operated between 10 AM and 8 PM.
Fires must be confined to provided fire rings.
Dogs must be on leash and always attended. At night they must be in a tent or vehicle.
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.
Changes in California State Parks Reservation System
California State Parks is switching to a new reservation system beginning August 1, 2017. ReserveCalifornia will replace the previous ReserveAmerica. "Beginning on midnight July 26, 2017, the website and telephone reservations for California's state parks will be temporarily offline to prepare for the exciting launch of the new system on August 1. During this time, all existing reservations will be honored. An electronic or hard copy from ReserveAmerica will need to be presented to State Parks staff when checking in for reservation made prior to July 26, 2017."
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.
Designated Accessible sites are reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.