In order to get boaters and swimmers back to Lake Oroville after the Oroville Dam spillway was damaged in 2017, state agencies have announced they will waive fees for the recreational area on select days over the summer.
The California Department of Water Resources and California State Parks announced free day use and boat launching at Lake Oroville State Recreational Area for all visitors on the following days: May 17-18, June 7-8, July 5-6, August 2-3 and September 6-7, 2018.
The construction under way to repair and rebuild Lake Oroville’s spillways affected access to recreation facilities near the Lake Oroville spillways, according to the California State Parks.
“The month of May kicks off the busy recreation season at Lake Oroville and we look forward to offering free access on select days to encourage more visitors to the area,” said DWR Director Karla Nemeth in a news release. “We’re committed to public safety while the construction in Oroville continues and we are equally focused on making sure visitors continue to enjoy the beauty of Lake Oroville.”
Lake water levels sit at 824 feet, according to DWR. The lake capacity level is 901 feet.
DWR released a video this week showing the progress of work at Oroville Dam. Work began last week on the main spillway.