Lake Oroville needs and safety assessment released; Loafer Point construction update

Included in this story is a link to the new Oroville Dam summary report on safety, and an update on boat launch, parking lot, and public restroom expansions at Loafer Point.

Posted: Nov 22, 2020 2:14 PM
Updated: Nov 23, 2020 11:22 AM

LAKE OROVILLE, Calif. - The Department of Water Resources (DWR) recently published a summary report of a comprehensive needs assessment of safety at Oroville Dam. It comes after the reconstruction of the spillways that were damaged and failed in 2017.

The DWR said that a team of dam safety experts, engineers, consultants, and community members determined that the Oroville Dam Complex is safe to operate, and said no urgent repairs are needed. The report does list risk-reduction projects that could be undertaken by the DWR.

CLICK HERE to find the DWR's report.

Also at Lake Oroville, construction has started on the Loafer Point Stage Two boat ramp.

Eventually, there will be six new boat launch lanes and 180 trailer parking spaces. This will help with launching boats when lake levels drop as low as 640 feet.

Also, new bathrooms are on the list for construction at Loafer Point.

The Loafer Creek Recreation Area is currently closed due to the recovery work that is taking place.

CLICK HERE to see photos taken during the Bear Fire by employees of California State Parks.

CLICK HERE to see meteorologist Bryan Ramsey's story showing the condition of Lake Oroville in mid-September 2020 due to Bear Fire damage.

CLICK HERE to find our popular Action News Now story after the Bear Fire that showed what kind of damage occurred around Lake Oroville and Feather Falls, taken by pilot and videographer Gonzalo Peewee Curiel.

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