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Lake Oroville Boating

Lake Oroville Boating: Marinas, Houseboats, Ramps, Boat Rentals

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North Thermalito Forebay

The North Thermalito Forebay is located in the city of Oroville, 7 miles downstream from Oroville Dam. It is reserved for sailboats, canoes and other non-motorized boats. The Forebay Aquatic Center is located there and offers watercraft classes and boat rentals. For more information see Forebay Aquatic Center

The facilities at North Thermalito Forebay include a boat launch ramp, day-use area with BBQ stoves, picnic tables, and group areas. There is also a swimming beach with dressing rooms.

South Thermalito Forebay

The South Thermalito Forebay is separated from the north forebay by a bridge. At the southwestern end of the forebay is a boat ramp, a paved parking area, and restrooms. Powerboats are allowed on the South Thermalito Forebay during the following hours: 11-7 PM Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 11-8 PM Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; and 12-5 PM on Sundays. Fishing is popular here.

Thermalito Afterbay

The Thermalito Afterbay is downstream from the forebay. Motorized boats, jet skis, sailboats, houseboats, and kayaks are allowed on the Afterbay.

Diversion Pool

The Diversion Pool is immediately downstream from Oroville Dam. Only non-motorized boats are allowed there.

Lake Oroville Boating in a Nutshell

Lake Oroville's broad surface and winding inlets provide an exciting playground for pleasure boaters, sailors, water-skiers, and houseboaters. Bass anglers ply spread across the lake in search of the perfect spot to land that trophy fish. Warm summer temperatures make the lake a popular vacation destination.

  • Houseboats: Houseboats are a popular way to spend a few days or even a week or two at Lake Oroville. With the houseboat as your base, you can enjoy fishing, swimming, water-skiing or just relaxing in the sun.
  • Water Skiing, Wake Boarding, Tubing: Lake Oroville is a great place for all kinds of water sports.
  • Patio Boats, Personal Watercraft, Pleasure Cruisers:
  • Kayaking, Canoeing, Paddleboarding, Sailing

Entrance Fee: $6
Boat Launch Fee: $5

Photo of houseboats moored on Lake Oroville

Lake Oroville Marina

Lime Saddle Recreation Area, Lake Oroville, CA
12 Miles north of Oroville, Off Highway 70, take Pentz Road
1-800-255-5561   Website: Lake Oroville Marina


  • Launch Ramp  
  • Dock:   Overnight Moorage, Slips
  • Facilities:   Fuel dock, Store, Vault Toilets, Pump out Station, Boat Shop

Lake Oroville Marina Boat Rentals
Boat Length Seats Hour Day
There is a two hour minimum on all boat rentals. Fuel is extra.
Open Bow Ski Boat 19' 7 $70 $375
Patio Boat with Canopy 22' 8 NA $175
Deck Cruiser 26' 8 $60 $325
Patio Pontoon with Bathroom, Sun Deck 44' 15 NA $495
Houseboats 50'-70' 8-12


Photo of boats near Bidwell Canyon Marina

Bidwell Canyon Marina

South Shore of Lake Oroville
(530) 589-9175   Website: Bidwell Canyon Marina


  • Launch Ramp  
  • Dock:   Overnight Moorage, Slips, Boat Storage
  • Facilities:   Bar and Grill, Store, Fuel Dock, Propane, Boat Maintenance Supplies
  • Boat Rentals:
    • Deck Cruiser - $195 for half day, $325 for 8 hours, $1750 per week
    • Patio Pontoon - $495 for 8 hours, $2,875 per week
    • Open Bow Ski Boat - $300 for half day, $495 for 8 hours, $2875 per week
    • Gregor Patio Boat - $175 for half day, $250 for 8 hours, $1325 per week


Boating Information

Overnight Boating
Overnight boating is permitted for boats with self-contained sanitary facilities; all waste and water outlets must be sealed. Sanitation stations available around the lake.

Boat Mooring
Mooring is permitted except where posted. No-mooring areas include both marinas and the area south of a line between Potter point and the Highway 162 Bridge. Overnight camping on shore is only allowed at designated campgrounds.

Water Skiing
Water skiing is not permitted in narrow upper reaches of Lake Oroville's tributaries.

Boating Hazards
Floating logs and other debris can present a hazard, especially during the winter in spring. Changing water levels can create new hazards, especially during summer and fall draw downs.


Boat Rental Companies

7Star Rental

2490 Piccoli Road, Stockton, CA   (209) 955-0457
Rentals: Wakeboard boats, jet skis, kayaks, paddleboards, wakeboards, tubes.
7Star Rental

Sacramento Boat Rentals

915 L Street Suite C #140 Sacramento, CA   (916) 281-9799
Rentals: Wakeboard boats, pontoon boats, jet skis, fishing boats.
Drop off and pick-up location located at 2745 Crosby Way in Sacramento
Sacramento Boat Rentals


Lake Oroville Boat Launch Ramps
Lanes Facilities Fee Closes when lake is drawn below
Bidwell Canyon 3-7 Marina, Store, Restrooms $5 680'
Lime Saddle 5 Vault Toilets Marina $5 775'
Loafer Creek 2-8 Restrooms $5 775'
Spillway 1-12 Restrooms $5 685'
Enterprise 2 $5 820'

Lake Oroville Current Elevation

Lake Oroville Car-Top Boat Launch Sites
Dark Canyon North Fork, Dark Canyon Road off Hwy 70
Nelson Bar West Branch, Pentz Road off Hwy 70, near Lime Saddle
Foreman Creek Foreman Cr. Rd., off Hwy 162
Stringtown South Fork, Stringtown Rd.
Vinton Gulch Off Cherokee Rd., near West Branch Bridge

Sailing Clubs

Lake Oroville Yacht Club

The Lake Oroville Yacht Club (LOYC) is an organization of Northern California sailors dedicated to promoting the joy of sailing.
Website: Lake Oroville Yacht Club

Chico Yacht Club

The Chico Yacht Club frequents Lake Oroville, Almanor and Whiskeytown. They welcome new members with all kinds of boats.
Website: Chico Yacht Club

Butte Sailing Club

PO Box 787, Palermo, CA 95968

Marine Services

A & M Prop Repair
2669 Andy Mountain Road, Oroville, CA
(530) 533-9482

Lake Oroville Boat Repair
3428 Pentz Road, Paradise, CA
(530) 877-1838

Bidwell Boat Repair Shop
801 Bidwell Canyon Road, Oroville, CA
(530) 589-0969

John's Marine
3380 Olive Highway, Oroville, CA
(530) 534-8300

Wilson's Paradise Marine
5368 Clark Rd., Paradise, CA
(530) 872-2617

West Marine
4445 Granite Dr. #501, Rocklin, CA
(916) 632-9140
9500 Micron Ave. #116, Sacramento, CA
(916) 366-3300
West Marine


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