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Black Butte Day Use Areas

Length of Stay: Day Use Only
Number of Sites: N/A
Reservation Phone Number: 530-865-4781 Black Butte Lake
Reservation Status: Required for Group Site Only Picnicking

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General Description

Tower seen at Black Butte Lake, constructed in 1963
Copyright: - US Army Corps of Engineers
Tower seen at Black Butte Lake, constructed in 1963
Visitors to Black Butte Lake can enjoy an assortment of recreations. The park is open all year. Day use of recreation areas is on a first-come, first-served basis. Group dam tours and ranger programs can be scheduled by calling the office. A centrally located amphitheater offers summer campfire programs.

A 75-acre ATV area is open June through February on the north side of the lake. A variety of hills and trails are available for exploration by motorcycles and all terrain vehicles. Appropriate safety equipment is required.

Powerboats, personal watercraft and sailboats will find ample room for water fun throughout the "v" shaped lake. Sailboarding is especially popular. Boat ramps are located at Buckhorn, Orland Buttes and Eagle Pass Recreation Areas. Be aware of shallow areas and other hazards that may appear as the lake level changes.

Black Butte is well known throughout California as an excellent warm water fishery, with the best fishing during the spring and early summer. Crappie, largemouth and smallmouth bass, spotted bass, striped bass, channel catfish, Florida bluegill, and green sunfish are the major game fish.

Three self-guided nature trails offer quiet, pleasurable hikes through the rolling oak foothills. The Buckhorn Recreation Area includes a playground for active tots. Families will enjoy the shady and well-maintained picnic facilities available at several locations around the lake.

Directions from Orland, CA: Follow County Road 200 (Newville Road) west 8 miles to Black Butte Lake.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Year-round .

Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
Group Site Fee Call for Current Fee Picnicking
Boat Launching Call for Current Fee Annual Pass $30

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Boat Launching Black Butte Lake
ICON Boating Black Butte Lake
ICON Camping Black Butte Lake
ICON Fishing Crappie, Bass, Catfish, Bluegill, Green Sunfish
ICON Group Picnicking Black Butte Lake
ICON Hiking & Walking Black Butte Lake
ICON ATV Riding Black Butte Lake
ICON Picnicking Black Butte Lake
ICON Attending Talks & Programs Black Butte Lake
ICON Waterskiing & Other Water Sports Black Butte Lake
ICON Sail Boarding Black Butte Lake

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Visitor Information:

California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543


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