Lake Oroville

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Lake Level
751.18 FEET
8/22/2018
Full Pool: 728.1
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South Fire is Burning in SPI Timberlands off Lumpkin Rd. East of Lake Oroville

Action News Now

Date: 9/23/2018 6:04:00 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - A full wildland fire response has been dispatched to an area of eastern Butte County off of Lumpkin Rd., near Lumpkin Ridge and the "F" lines near the south fork of the Feather

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Supplemental Benefits Fund releasing $2.53 million for Oroville projects

Chico Enterprise-Record

Date: 9/20/2018 6:48:00 PM

The Supplemental Benefits Fund, or SBF, was established by the state Department of Water Resources as part of the relicensing agreement on the Lake Oroville project. The agreement has yet to be approv

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Lake Oroville Water Levels Dropping, Officials Inspecting Spillway

CBS Sacramento

Date: 9/10/2018 5:00:00 PM

OROVILLE (AP) – The water level dropped Monday behind the nation’s tallest dam, reducing the risk of a catastrophic spillway collapse and easing fears that prompted the evacuation of nearly 200,000 pe

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Day use, boat launching free Thursday, Friday at Lake Oroville

Chico Enterprise-Record

Date: 9/4/2018 3:57:00 PM

OROVILLE — Day use and boat launching fees are being waived Thursday and Friday at the Lake Oroville State Recreation Area. State Parks and the Department of Water Resources teamed up to provide two f

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Day use, boat launching free Thursday, Friday at Lake Oroville

Oroville Mercury-Register

Date: 9/4/2018 3:57:00 PM

OROVILLE — Day use and boat launching fees are being waived Thursday and Friday at the Lake Oroville State Recreation Area. State Parks and the Department of Water Resources teamed up to provide two f

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• River: Feather River
• Length: 167 Miles
• Surface Area: 15,810 Acres
• Volume: 3,537,577 Acre Feet
Lake Oroville, is a reservoir formed by the Oroville Dam impounding the Feather River, located in Butte County, northern California. The lake is situated 5 miles northeast of the city of Oroville, within the Lake Oroville State Recreation Area, in the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada.

At over 3,500,000 acre feet, it is the second-largest reservoir in California, after Shasta Lake. The lake is fed by the North Fork, Middle Fork, West Branch and South Forks of the Feather River.

The lake has an unmarked 9,000 ft diameter landing area for seaplanes. The lake is a popular nationally renowned bass fishing location, while coho salmon are stocked from the Feather River Fish Hatchery.

Prior to impoundment by the Oroville Dam, the current main basin of Lake Oroville was the location of the confluence of the North Fork Feather River with the Feather River and the now-inundated towns of Bidwell and Land. Completed in 1968, Oroville Dam is an earthen dam and is the tallest dam located in the United States, measuring over 770 feet high and 6,920 feet across. The dam was the largest earth-fill dam in the world until succeeded by Aswan High Dam in Egypt. It was built by the California Department of Water Resources as part of the California State Water Project. The dam houses the Edward Hyatt Powerplant, an underground hydro-electric plant that was completed in 1967. Six generators are used to provide a maximum generating capacity of 819 MVA.

The Hyatt Generating-Pumping Plant source water for the Feather River is released from two discharge tunnels at up to 17,500 cu ft/s during peak demand and "little or no release the remainder of the day". The power plant also routinely draws up to 5,610 cu ft/s of Feather River water for "pumpback" into Lake Oroville. Hyatt releases are stored in the 4.40 miles serpentine river channel (Thermalito Diversion Pool) which extends from the river's source to the Thermalito Diversion Dam.
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