Lake Oroville

CALIFORNIA


Lake Level
882.61 FEET
7/20/2019
Full Pool: 900.0
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Bald eagles booming in Oroville

Chico Enterprise-Record

Date: 7/18/2019 11:53:00 AM

OROVILLE — It’s not unusual to spot the national bird flying around Lake Oroville every summer. What’s unusual this year is the amount currently calling Lake Oroville home. Environmental scientists

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FEMA housing impact on Lake Oroville summer recreation minimal

Action News Now

Date: 7/10/2019 7:54:00 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - A few months after FEMA put trailers for Camp Fire survivors at Lake Oroville, some locals are saying they've noticed a change in the flow of business in that area. "Actually it

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FEMA housing impact on Lake Oroville summer recreation minimal

Action News Now

Date: 7/10/2019 7:46:00 PM

Below is the closed-captioning text associated with this video. Since this uses automated speech to text spelling and grammar may not be accurate. it's been a few months since fema put trailers at

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Boaters and staff happy about Lake Oroville levels

Action News Now

Date: 7/7/2019 6:25:00 PM

Below is the closed-captioning text associated with this video. Since this uses automated speech to text spelling and grammar may not be accurate. lake oroville is nearly filled to the brim -- good

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Boaters and staff happy about Lake Oroville levels

Action News Now

Date: 7/7/2019 6:20:00 PM

OROVILLE, Calif. - Lake Oroville is nearly filled to the brim this summer which was good news for boaters during the holiday weekend. In 2018 lake levels were low due to the DWR needing to work on the

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• River: Feather River
• Length: 167 Miles
• Surface Area: 15,810 Acres
• Volume: 3,537,577 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 3,624 Square Miles
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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