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Boaters and staff happy about Lake Oroville levels

Lake Oroville is nearly filled to the brim this summer which was good news for boaters during the holiday weekend.

Posted: Jul 7, 2019 6:20 PM
Updated: Jul 7, 2019 6:41 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 spillway. In 2019, lake levels are at 891 feet which is 9 feet from the top.

"It's packed, it's busy, everyone's having fun, everyone is having a good time," said Ryan Walters who was enjoying the lake. "Everything is pretty safe not much going on."

Staff from the Bidwell Canyon Marina said it's one of their busiest weekends of the year.

"We try to get everything cleaned up," said employee Tony Davis. "[We try to keep] all of our rentals really clean, we pre-load on ice because we sell quite a bit of ice this weekend and make sure everything is fine-tuned and oiled so it operates properly."

One of the main campgrounds is being occupied by Camp Fire victims this year but Davis said it did not impact business.

One boater said his family has spent the Fourth of July weekend there before and they love the comradery with all the other houseboaters.

"They usually have a fireworks show, unfortunately, they haven't done it the past couple years because of the Spillway but normally they do and you can actually watch the fireworks over the lake and it's a good time!" said Adam Hall. "The kids love it."

Even without the fireworks, Hall said the high lake levels make it fun.

"It's amazing when it's this high because it's a different lake," said Hall. "When it's low, it's completely different. There are not as many places to park, so it's good to see when it's so high."

Staff told Action News Now the lake is usually about 100 feet lower this time of the year so they are happy to see the levels.

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