Lake Oroville

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697.03 FEET
1/19/2019
Full Pool: 728.1
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Garden club speaker to focus on oaks

Oroville Mercury-Register

Date: 1/9/2019 11:36:00 AM

The Lake Oroville Area Garden Club will meet 9:30 a.m. to noon Jan. 10 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2250 Foothill Blvd. Guest speaker will be Brent McGhie, a biology educator for the past 35 years

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Want a boat dock on Lake Lanier? Live at Bay Pointe!

Patsy Mercer

Date: 1/8/2019

Before buying a lot or building a new home on Lake Lanier, first find out if the land comes with a boat dock. Because if it doesn’t, your chances of securing a new dock permit are slim to none. Lake Lanier already is at its maximum number of boat docks at a little over 10,600. Before that limit could be

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Family members working as private contractors for Cal Fire recount a close call with Camp Fire

Peninsula Press

Date: 1/5/2019 6:52:00 PM

While toiling to protect an area called Berry Creek, Caleb and seven other bulldozer operators went from working on a contingency line to working on the fire line, as windswept embers and flames jumpe

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What caused nearly 20,000 quakes at Oroville Dam? Scientists weigh in on mystery

SFChronicle

Date: 12/17/2018 4:59:00 PM

Was the weight of the water behind the dam triggering the quakes? Could all of Lake Oroville be prone to slipping? A group of seismologists, summoned from the U.S. Geological Survey’s research facilit

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Lake Oroville State Recreation Area Opens Temporary Low Water Launch Ramp at Bidwell Canyon

YubaNet

Date: 12/11/2018 9:15:00 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. December 11, 2018 – Today, California State Parks and the Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced the opening of a temporary low water boat launch site at Bidwell Canyon

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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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