Portions of Lake Oroville remain closed, houseboat owners to have limited access

Portions of Lake Oroville State Recreation Area remain closed to the public due to the Bear Fire. However, houseboat owners will be given limited access to inspect their boats.

Posted: Sep 16, 2020 3:07 PM
Updated: Sep 18, 2020 8:18 AM

OROVILLE, Calif. – California State Parks and CAL FIRE announced Wednesday that portions of Lake Oroville State Recreation Area (SRA) remain closed until further notice due to the Bear Fire.

Public access for boating and other day-use recreation on the water is not allowed at this time due to public safety concerns and firefighting efforts, officials said.

However, exceptions to the closure will be made for houseboat owners at Lime Saddle and Bidwell Canyon Marinas starting Friday, Sept. 18 at 8 a.m. to inspect their boats. Officials said houseboat owners must follow the guidelines listed below.

  • Entry to Lime Saddle Marina and Bidwell Canyon Marina will only be allowed for current marina mooring customers, starting Friday, September 18 at 8 a.m.
  • Shuttle services will be provided from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to allow houseboat customers only to attend to immediate needs. Overnight stays are not allowed at this time. All customers must exit the marina and park by 5 p.m. until further notice.
  • Proof of customer registration will be required to enter the park unit.
  • All day-use areas, campgrounds and public boat launch ramps will remain closed until further notice.
  • All vessel travel on all areas of the lake is prohibited at this time. All boats shall remain moored within the marinas.
  • Store, fuel and pump out services are available during the operation hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (winter schedule).
  • Vessel washing will not be allowed near marina dock.

Additionally, officials said the North Forebay, South Forebay, and Clay Pit State Vehicle Recreation Area are now open for recreation which includes day-use, swimming, and paddleboarding at North and South forebays, and off-highway vehicle use at Clay Pit SVRA. The Diversion Pool, including car-top boat launch and access to the Brad Freeman Trail, is also open to the public.

Residents should note that all of Lake Oroville is still within the evacuation warning areas. Officials said conditions could change if necessary.

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