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What to Expect on Lake Oroville for the 4th

It's been a rocky year and a half in the wake of the spillway flood crisis - but despite a pretty low lake level, recreation will not take much of a hit this Independence Day.

Posted: Jul. 3, 2018 7:55 AM
Updated: Jul. 3, 2018 8:11 AM

Butte County, Calif.-- Thousands of people come out to spend our nation's Independence Day out on the water at Lake Oroville.

If that's your plan, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Hiking trails around the Diversion Pool below the spillway - and the pool itself - will be open through the 4th; that area's been closed during spillway construction.

Lake level is down to about 805 feet, nearly 100 feet below capacity to allow construction on the upper chutes of the spillway.

"There's plenty of water out here even thoguh we're 100 feet down, the big things are to give each other plenty of room, be respectful of the other boaters out there and watch out for under water hazards. If you see those buoys out there, give them a lot of clear space," said Assistant Manager at Lime Saddle Marina Jason Maxson.

While many worries about boat launches disappearing, there are still three open for the holiday - Loafer Creek, Lime Saddle and Bidwell Canyon Marina, and you'll have 10 paved boat launch lanes between the 3 locations.

"It's a lot of fun, people are really looking forward to time with their families and there are still a lot of places to go even though it's low, once you're out on the water it's really no detriment at all," said Bidwell Canyon Marina General Manager Bill Harper.

New this year is a boaters safety card requirement for anyone 20 years old or younger driving a boat - you need to take the course online through the California Division of Boating and Waterways.

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