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ORAC asks feds for football field-sized dog park

Oroville Mercury-Register

Date: 5/19/2018 11:57:00 PM

Oroville >> The Oroville Recreation Advisory Committee has asked the federal government to order the state to build a new dog park near Lake Oroville. This comes as the committee voted 6-4 on May 4 in favor of sending a letter with the request to the

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Editorial: A timely reminder about boating safety

Oroville Mercury-Register

Date: 5/17/2018 12:19:00 AM

That reminder came just a few hours after a boating accident killed a person on Lake Oroville. Walter Gerken, 27, of Paradise, died when the boat he was riding in hit shore. Officers at the scene estimated the boat was traveling more than 30 mph when it hit

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Lake Oroville access and launching free Thursday and Friday

Chico Enterprise-Record

Date: 5/16/2018 4:54:00 PM

Oroville >> Thursday and Friday are the first of 10 days this year when admission and boat launching fees are being waved at the Lake Oroville State Recreation Area. The fees are being waived to compensate for the closure of the spillway launch ramps and

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Paradise man identified in deadly boating accident on Lake Oroville

Chico Enterprise-Record

Date: 5/14/2018 3:46:00 PM

Oroville >> One person died in a boating accident Sunday on Lake Oroville, and a man was arrested on suspicion of boating under the influence, the authorities said. The Butte County Coroner’s Office on Monday identified the deceased as 27-year-old Walter

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One Dead, One Arrested After Boat Crash at Lake Oroville

Action News Now

Date: 5/14/2018 2:49:00 PM

Oroville, Calif.—According to Cal Fire Butte County there was a report of a boating accident on Lake Oroville in the area of West Branch Bridge on Sunday evening around 6:30 p.m. First responders found that a boat had struck the shore in Dark Canyon area

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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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