Thermalito Diversion Pool reopens after 2-year restoration project

The Thermalito Diversion Pool Day Use Area is set to reopen on Friday, May 3.

Posted: May 2, 2019 5:21 PM
Updated: May 3, 2019 7:33 AM

THERMALITO, Calif. - The Thermalito Diversion Pool Day Use Area is set to reopen on Friday, May 3.

The Department of Water Resources and California State Parks announced that the area, located along Burma Road, will also open up access to a two-mile section of the Brad Freeman Trail along the north shore of the Diversion Pool.

"We're thrilled to reopen access to these recreation areas to explore Oroville's natural beauty," said DWR's Oroville Field Division's Licensing Compliance Branch Chief Eric See. "Today's announcement is part of a larger plan this year to fulfill DWR's commitment to restore public access to all of the recreation areas impacted by the reconstruction of the Oroville spillways."

With the area being popular for kayaking, mountain biking and hiking, kayakers can launch their kayaks at the boat launch on Burma Road with others having access to two miles of the Brad Freeman Trail.

"Just in time for the busy season, outdoor enthusiasts will be able to enjoy this popular stretch of waterway and trail at the Lake Oroville State Recreation Area," said Matt Teague, California State Parks acting Northern Buttes District Superintendent. "We thank the public for your patience during the past two years as we worked to restore access."

The areas may be closed temporarily for construction through spring and summer but DWR will be sure to notify before any closures take place.

With the area to possibly remain open in the case of the main spillway being opened, DWR and State Parks are warning those who are in the area to be aware and have caution if that does happen.

There are plans to open additional areas that have been closed by the Oroville Spillways Emergency Recovery Project with DWR committed to reopening access to the Dam Crest Road and Spillway boat launch later this year.

The Thermalito Diversion Pool and the Brad Freeman Trail will be available seven days a week from 8 a.m. to sunset.

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