Oroville Wildlife Area - Butte County
Location: Area Regulations:
  • No rifles or pistols may be used or possessed, except at the designated target practice range
  • Camping and trailers are allowed only in the designated campsite.
Special Restrictions:
  • Public entry is allowed only from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset, except for designated camping areas
  • Prior to camping on the wildlife area a permit must be obtained from the California Highway Patrol by calling 530-538-2700
  • Off-highway vehicles are not allowed at any time
  • No hunting on forebay as that is part of the Lake Oroville State Recreation Area owned by the Department of Parks and Recreation
  • Open fires are prohibited.  Cooking allowed in portable gas stoves 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Contact the Oroville Chamber of Commerce at (530) 538-2542 for motel information.
  • 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 and the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Wednesdays of the spring turkey season. Apply online here. 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.
  • Camping
  • Restrooms
  • 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 CDFW offices and where licenses are sold. 

Main Office - North Central Region:
  • 1701 Nimbus Road
  • Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
  • (916) 358-2900
  • FAX: (916) 358-2912

Contact Oroville Wildlife Area - Butte County

Contact Oroville Wildlife Area - Butte County

Tina Bartlett
Regional Manager - North Central Region
945 Oro Dam Blvd., West
Oroville, California  95965
Phone: (530) 538-2236
Fax: (916) 358-2912


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Butte County, California