From Lake Oroville Visitors
Centers 47-foot viewing tower, visitors can see the lake,
the new Bidwell Bar Bridge, and the Sutter Buttes, one of the
nations smallest complete mountain ranges. In its theater,
view videos on Oroville construction, the State Water Project,
and other water topics. Outside, take a stroll along nearby
The Lake Oroville Visitors Center is open every day except Thanksgiving,
Christmas, and New Years Day. It is located at 917 Kelly
Ridge Road. For more information, call (530) 538-2219.
Also visit DWRs Lake Oroville web site at www.lakeoroville.water.ca.gov.
For TTY phone service, call (916) 653-6226.
Inside are exhibits showing how Oroville Dam, the nations
tallest, was constructed from more than 80 million cubic yards
of materials and how a pumpback operation is used to generate
power via the lakes three power plants. Among them is
Hyatt Powerplant, excavated out of the bedrock beneath the lake.
The Center is staffed by DWR guides and Parks and Recreation
docents. Exhibits by the California Department of Parks and
Recreation display the rich historical heritage of the region
when Oroville was a bustling Gold Rush town. Others depict the
culture of the local Native American tribes and tell the story
of Ishi, the sole survivor of his tribe. Nature displays show
the kinds of wildlife that inhabit the forested areas around