Floating Campsites

Lake Oroville


Lake Oroville


Floating campsite at Lake Oroville, CA

Floating Campsite on Lake Oroville

Lake Oroville
Attractions and Activities

Lake Oroville is very popular with anglers seeking bass, with boaters and water skiers, hikers, horseback riders, and anyone looking for outdoor recreation. Visitors to the Floating Campsites enjoy a quiet spot on the lake. All the attractions of Lake Oroville are still nearby.

  • Tour the Lake Oroville Visitor Center with museum and exhibits.
  • Enjoy the refreshing 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.
  • 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 Floating Campsite Regulations

  1. Bring a padlock to secure belongings at the campsite.
  2. Pets are not permitted at the floating campsites.

Floating Campsites

Floating Campsites are a unique camping option offered at Lake Oroville. Each campsite raft has a camp table, sink, propane BBQ grill (propane provided), lockable closet, restroom, covered living area, an upper sun deck/sleeping area and room for tents. Campers must bring their own drinking water.

Ten Floating Campsites are moored at various locations around the lake, inside 5 MPH zones. The campsites are only accessible by boat. No pets are allowed. Reservations are required. Those arriving on a Friday, Saturday or holiday must make a minimum 2-night reservation. Visitors will need to bring a padlock with them to secure property in the storage locker on the Floating Campsites.

Reservations are for a floating campsite area (such as sites 1-3 or 5-8) with the specific campsite number to be assigned upon arrival.

Floating Campsites Basics
Floating Campsites Location: at various locations around Lake Oroville
Elevation: 900 feet
Mileage and driving time from gateway city: Oroville - 7 miles, 11 minutes
Sacramento - 75 miles, 1:27
Number of Sites: 10
Open - Closed: April though mid-October
Max. People per Site: 15 (including children)
Boat mooring capacity per site: 3 vessels, each less than 24 feet
2 personal watercraft are counted as one vessel
Pets: No pets allowed
Information: (530) 538-2219

Reservations for Floating Campsites
Reservations available April 1 to October 15, up to 6 months in advance of arrival date
Accessible Sites: Campsite #1 has accessibility features
Fees: $175 per night
Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia: Floating Campsite Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM
Check-in, check-out: 4:00 PM, check-out Noon

Floating Campsite Amenities
Campsites: camp table, sink, propane BBQ grill (propane provided), lockable closet, restroom, covered living area, an upper sun deck/sleeping area and room for tents. no potable water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Locations of Floating Campsites: Lake Oroville Campgrounds Map
Attractions near the Floating Campsites: Enjoy beautiful Lake Oroville for boating, swimming, water skiing, and fishing. Find nearby marinas and launch ramps. Explore local hiking trails. Take a tour of 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 should be obtained locally.

Accessible Sites

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

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