Easily the first landmark one encounters at Lake Oroville SRA is the truly massive dam overlooking the town of Oroville. It is also... more » possibly the highest such earth dam in the country at 770 feet above the streambed of the Feather River. You'll also be crossing it's top to get to Potters Point.
There’s a lot going on at Lake Oroville and Potter’s Point is but a small corner of the overall area, tucked away at the north end of the dam. It’s got well developed mixed use trails, a small portion paved, a few scattered benches and picnic tables, a number of beaches, great terrain for horse and bike riding, trail running, hiking, and easy walks. None of the grades are grueling but there’s enough to get a great workout.
Potters Point, formerly a small mountain before the lake (1960’s) is typical Sierra foothill. Most of it is forested in pine and oak with a good salting of chestnut. Animal life includes coyote, deer, rabbit, periodic big cats, turkey, quail, and others. Of particular interest is that a portion of the hike travels through an Eagle nesting area, which does get closed to the public during a portion of the spring and early summer months.
The lake is a mecca for fishing and sail, and power boating! There’s a highly developed equestrian element here too. Camping opportunities are available at a number of areas both around, and on the lake (both boat-in and floating campsites). There is the availability of equestrian specific campsite as well.
Lake Oroville’s Visitor Center has a museum, exhibits, videos and a store. There are also displays on the State Water Project of which Oroville is a significant component, and both the area's natural and cultural history. There is a striking panoramic view from the center’s hilltop tower that not only includes a large part of the lake but also the Sierra Nevada, the foothills, and the valley with the Sutter Buttes mountain range (it’s the smallest mountain range in the world) being a focal point. less «