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Old     (redv215)      Join Date: Mar 2005       12-11-2005, 7:56 PM Reply   
Looking @ doing a trip to Oroville next spring. Wanted to know if anyone could help with where to camp. With or without RV (close to water) or boat-in. Where to wakeboard? Thanks in advance!
Old     (rvh3)      Join Date: Jul 2003       12-12-2005, 9:04 AM Reply   
The floating campsites are a blast. Just beware, Oroville is notorious for debris in the water. I stayed on floating sites 9 and 10 last year and had a great time. Hard to get a reservation during the middle of summer though.
Old     (jarrod)      Join Date: May 2003       12-12-2005, 11:08 AM Reply   
The camping there isn't great. The sites are nice, but it's much like the scene at Melones where you're not camping anwhere near the water.

I would also recommend the floating campsites, or a houseboat. If you book now for the spring, the houseboats are quite affordable.

I've been hitting Orville for the last 4-5 years. We haven't ever seen debris. I would imagine that like any other lake, it is bad in the spring while levels are rising.
Old     (sacdeep)      Join Date: Aug 2001       12-12-2005, 2:09 PM Reply   
If the lake is full the boat in campsites are great, especially the group site on the North fork. If your out there look for PT 109 and come over for a beer or a pop
Old     (rvh3)      Join Date: Jul 2003       12-12-2005, 6:07 PM Reply   
The reason I mentioned the debris is that I have always seen it. When I was there in June, they were using a helicopter to blow the logs/brush to the shore so a crew could round it up and truck it off. It was ridiculous how much crap they were trucking out of there!
Old    walt            12-12-2005, 6:11 PM Reply   
I've seen some really big lumber floating around there too. It's a great lake though.
Old    murrayair            12-12-2005, 7:23 PM Reply   
The floating campsites are great. I've been there when there was a ton of debris, and when there was none, so i don't think it's there year round. You can usually find some decent water if you look hard enough.
Old     (jarrod)      Join Date: May 2003       12-12-2005, 7:53 PM Reply   
Hmmm. most of my trips were during the fall. Prob all cleaned up by then.
Old     (redv215)      Join Date: Mar 2005       12-12-2005, 8:05 PM Reply   
All the floating campsites are booked for when we are going. Are any of the regular campsites on the water so you can leave your boat in? Thanks
Old     (jarrod)      Join Date: May 2003       12-12-2005, 8:17 PM Reply   
Sweet, you just ran into JD Webb in the airport?

Old     (litlone873)      Join Date: Jan 2005       12-12-2005, 8:39 PM Reply   

I ran into JD Webb, Tate chased him down! He tried to chase down Trever Hansen too but he had already boarded his plane. I'll let Tate tell you the rest ot the story.
Old     (redv215)      Join Date: Mar 2005       12-12-2005, 9:09 PM Reply   
J-Rod, Yeah it was really cool. He and Aaron Aubry were leaving Sac @ the same time (after filming for DS2) going to Austrilia for Comps. Sat in LAX talking for quite awhile. Really nice guys.
Thanks wife, you forgot to tell them that I got to talk to Trevor in length @ the Silly premeire.
Old     (sacdeep)      Join Date: Aug 2001       12-13-2005, 1:16 AM Reply   
Tate none of the regular campsite are on the water. I seen people leave their boat in the water but there is no way you cant keep an eye on it unless you pull it out nightly
Old     (jarrod)      Join Date: May 2003       12-13-2005, 7:42 AM Reply   
You could always make your own campsite.

Trevor is cool. We got to hang with him for a while after the boat show last year.
Old     (redv215)      Join Date: Mar 2005       12-13-2005, 9:17 AM Reply   
What do you mean J-rod. Just pull up somewhere and lay out a campsite?
Old     (jarrod)      Join Date: May 2003       12-13-2005, 9:54 AM Reply   
Tate: Many times at Don Pedro, we have loaded the gear into the boat, and hit the lake to look for a place to set up shop. If Renee is cool with no "facilities," this can be really cool. But you do have to take more gear. I would call Orville to make sure they are cool with this.
Old     (litlone873)      Join Date: Jan 2005       12-13-2005, 10:29 AM Reply   
We have a port-a-potty for just such occasions or when the "blue hut's" are infested with spiders, so we got that covered. I bathe in the lake after my first run of the morning anyway... "Ok, now everyone turn the other direction so I can take of my suit" (I don't think they do) .
Old     (sacdeep)      Join Date: Aug 2001       12-13-2005, 10:49 AM Reply   
At Oroville they dont allow primative boat in camping
Old     (jarrod)      Join Date: May 2003       12-13-2005, 10:50 AM Reply   
welp, that settles that. ;-)
Old     (litlone873)      Join Date: Jan 2005       12-13-2005, 10:57 AM Reply   
Old     (malibudude)      Join Date: Feb 2001       12-13-2005, 12:41 PM Reply   
The only shore line camping is permitted in the boat-in campsites. The floating campsites are cool but 90 bucks a night ouch...
Old     (ss1234)      Join Date: Jul 2005       12-13-2005, 3:26 PM Reply   
Use a party barge as a campsite (poor-man's houseboat). Get one with a head and there is no limit where you can go on the lake.
Old     (v220ls)      Join Date: Aug 2004       12-14-2005, 6:27 PM Reply   
(sacdeep) is right last year they were really on people about camping on the shorline. I.E. no offical sight.
I haven't spent any time up the N. fork I heard it gets windy? We always go down the S.Fork and get nice water.
We have houseboat moored there(Bidwell)
If your ever going up drop me an e-mail we are there almost every weekend starting in Mar or April.
I would love to meet some more people from W.W.

Hey sacdeep I have seen PT109 I'll have to talk to you next time were there or look for us X4 ugly old peice of Shiat,but it holds lots of beer and floats?
Old     (sacdeep)      Join Date: Aug 2001       12-15-2005, 9:54 AM Reply   
I'll look you up Greg didnt make it up to Oroville enough last year but I plan on being on the lake more this year
Old     (redv215)      Join Date: Mar 2005       12-15-2005, 9:56 AM Reply   
Will do Greg C. Thanks for the invite.
Old     (malibudude)      Join Date: Feb 2001       12-15-2005, 1:35 PM Reply   
The south and middle forks typically are better during the summer as winds come from the north and really chop up the north fork. We're up there almost every other weekend.

(Message edited by Malibudude on December 15, 2005)


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