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Lake Oroville
Recreation Beyond Lake Oroville:

If you're looking for something different, don't ignore the Forebay and Afterbay that sit below Oroville Dam. For a completely different recreational opportunity, check these areas out and see what they offer. You might be surprised to see that they are surprisingly diverse and offer boundless recreation, without the crowds that Lake Oroville can get during the busy holiday seasons.

Ticnic Tables
Shaded picnic tables, BBQ, and swim beach at the North Thermalito Forebay

Facility Types of Recreation Day-Use Facilities Boat Ramp Restroom Facilities Parking Fish Cleaning Station Swim Beach Fee Area Notes
North Thermalito Forebay Non-motorized boating, Swim Beach, Aquatic Center Aquatic Center, Flush Toilets, Picnic tables, BBQ Grills two-paved boat ramps; one with two lanes, one with three lanes Six flush toilets (four are ADA accessible) 251 single-vehicle parking spaces (three ADA) & 26 vehicle/trailer parking spaces (1 ADA) No Yes Yes The Aquatic Center and Swim beach make this a popular destination
South Thermalito Forebay Power boating and fishing Picnic tables, BBQ, Shade trees Two-lane boat ramp Vaulted Toilet Building Graded and graveled parking area Yes Shoreline swimming Yes Power boating limited to 330 acres of the 630 acre pool
Monument Hill (Thermalito Afterbay) Boating, Swimming, fishing, picnicking, limited hunting Picnic tables, BBQ, swim beach, fishing, boating Two-lane boat ramp w/floating dock Four flush toilets (one is ADA accessible) 10 single-vehicle parking spaces (one ADA) and 39 vehicle/trailer combination spaces (3 ADA) + gravel parking for 30 extra vehicles Yes Yes No Eastern Shoreline of the Afterbay. There is no charge for using these facilities
Wilbur Road Small boat launch area and car-top between this area and SR 162 N/A 2-lane paved boat ramp with dock Vault toilet building 14 vehicle/trailer combination spaces (1 ADA) No No No Several informal car-top launching areas for car-top
Larkin Road Car-Top Boating, sunbathing, Swimming, Picnicking N/A Graded and graveled car-top boat ramp Single Vault toilet building Paved 20 vehicle/trailer combination No No No Dirt roads lead to this area
Thermalito Afterbay Outlet BR Boating,
Primitive camping for tents & RVs
N/A Gravel/dirt ramp for boats using a trailer; four-wheel drive vehicles advised when ramp is muddy One restroom Roadside parking can accommodate 10 vehicles No No No Afterbay Outlet BR is located upstream of the Afterbay Outlet on the Feather River

Boat Launch
Monument Hill boat launching facility managed by DWR