Oroville State Wildlife Area
Category & Type :Recreation
Location :945 Oro Dam Blvd W , Oroville CA
About Oroville State Wildlife Area...
* No rifles or pistols may be used or possessed, except at the designated target practice range
* Camping and trailers are allowed in designated campsites only
Access is via Highway 162 to the headquarters entrance, about 1/2 mile west of Highway 70, or at Larkin Road. Access for Thermalito Afterbay Unit is Wilbur Road at Hwy 162. The Thermalito Unit is five miles west of Oroville, east of Highway 99. Shooting range access is via Rabe Road.
Description: The 11,869 acre Wildlife Area in Oroville is primarily riparian woodland habitat along the Feather River and grasslands around the Thermalito Afterbay. Wildlife species seen in the area include coyote, badger, fox, bobcat, porcupine, osprey, white-tailed kite, egrets, woodpeckers, and warblers.
Good populations of coyotes, deer, dove, quail, and waterfowl. Fair populations of squirrel and rabbit.
Recreational Use: Type C Wildlife Area - no permits, passes, or reservations are required except for camping and turkey hunting.
* Fishing is allowed year round. Warm water fish species (largemouth bass, bluegill, green sunfish, channel catfish, and black crappie) can be found in the numerous dredger ponds and the Thermalito Afterbay. Salmon, steelhead, shad, and striped bass can be found in the Feather River. Salmon fishing closures are from October through December 31 to protect spawning salmon. Fishing ponds on the east side of the Feather River in Riverbend Park provide barrier-free trails, restroom, fishing platforms and parking area. Access to these ponds is from Montgomery Street off of Feather River Blvd and Hwy 70. These ponds are managed by Feather River Recreation and Park District
*See current California Sport Fishing Regulations for closure boundaries and dates.*
* Shooting range: No rangemaster. Open from sunrise to sunset for rifles, pistols, shotguns, and archery.
* Dog training is allowed from July 1 through March 15 in designated areas only.
* Horses are allowed only on roads open to vehicles, and within 25 feet of exterior boundary fences.
* Camping and trailers allowed in designated campsites only. Camping shall be limited to not more than seven consecutive days, and not more than 14 days total in any calendar year, except by written permission of the Regional Manager. Fires are allowed only in portable gas stoves at sites designated for camping by the department.
Hunting: Allowed on the uplands and on Thermalito Afterbay from September 1 through January 31 during open season for all legal species and during spring turkey season when only turkey may be taken. Spring turkey hunting is by drawing only for the 1st, 3rd, and 5th weekends of the spring turkey season. Click here to apply online. There is no fall turkey season. Game species include deer, dove, quail, squirrel, rabbit, and pheasant. Waterfowl - Thermalito Afterbay has scull boat and decoy opportunities. The dredger ponds offer decoy and jump shooting mainly in late season.
Facilities: Camping, restrooms, and launch access.
PLEASE NOTE: Area regulations are subject to change. Special restrictions on recreational uses, hunt days and methods of take are listed in the current year's issue of Hunting and Other Public Uses on State and Federal Areas, available at DFG offices and where licenses are sold.
Limited primitive camping is available at five locations in the southern half of the preserve area, but is not permitted in the northern section or in the afterbay area. The preserve is home to at least 35 species of mammals and 177 species of birds, including wood ducks. Most are permanent residents. Maps are available at entry points.
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