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Description - Sly Creek Reservoir is located southern region of the Feather River Ranger District, just south of La Porte. Sly Creek Reservoir offers many boating and swimming opportunities.

Attractions - Sly Creek Reservoir offers many recreational activities. For camping there are the Sly Creek and the Strawberry campgrounds. Picnicking and fishing are available at these campgrounds.

Recreation - Sly Creek Reservoir offers many boating and swimming opportunities as well as camping, picnicking and fishing.

Climate - The Plumas generally experiences warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters. Weather can change rapidly during all seasons of the year. Elevation plays a major role in temperature and precipitation. This precipitation falls mainly from October through April. At higher elevations, it comes mostly in the form of snow. Clouds can build up during the summer to produce thunderstorm activity. It is wise to pack for any season with clothing that can be "layered", ready to peel off or add on as the thermometer dictates. Always include some kind of rain gear.

Location - Sly Creek Reservoir is located southern region of the Feather River Ranger District, just south of La Porte.

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Filed By: Marc Miller (Oroville, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I go to this campground atleast once a year. The lake is emerald in color and great for swimming, boating and fishing. This lake has a rare trout called eagle lake trout. It is a type of rainbow trout. Very tasty. The campgrounds are close together and there are bathrooms, just not flushing toilets. This is one of my favorite spots. With a boat you can find nice privat beaches around the lake. The lake is owned by a water company so it does drop i elevation as the summer goes on. When that happens we go up the raod another 15 minutes to Little Grass Valley Lake. Have fun and don't tell anyone about this secret paradise.

Filed By: Cathy
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Water was SO LOW! There was a good 35 feet of water down measured at a 90 degree angle or 80 ft of slope exposed at areas. It was hard to find because someone took the sign down off the highway and many people complained of being lost before finding it. Despite all of that, it was a busy place with endless boats circling with skiers, jet skis and hoopin and hollering! I'm wondering if the fish use earplugs or just leave for the summer. Campground is average with no privacy between sites. Water is a very pretty emerald green or Chernoble green as some might see it.

Filed By: Lauren W. (San Jose, Ca)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Although I prefer to keep this place as deserted as possible...it is a hidden gem in California! Always beautiful, always perfect for getting away from the city. Great for star gazing and wonderful for boating/fishing. Bring a variety of clothes...the weather is unpredictable. Visit the Strawberry Store, and grab a burger @ Clipper Mills. But shhh....lets keep it our secret...

Filed By: Auntie J (Lathrop, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: One of the most beautiful lakes around! The temperature of the water is cool but not cold. OUTSTANDING skiing/wakeboarding. However, if you like flushing toilets and electricity, you must bring your own! Be prepared to get dirty. This lake is totally worth it if you can stand to "rough it"!

Filed By: Uncle Tupelo (Brentwood, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The drive is long and windy, you gotta want it. Suprisingly beautiful lake, the emeraldish blue water is captivating. From Marysville take CA 20 east to Marysville Road (north) then La Porte Road (east) for about 15 miles to signed turnoff (north) Barton Hill Road. Good burgers in Clipper Mills, about 3 miles back down La Porte Road. There were quite a few people there, but it was the 4th of July weekend. My advice is to avoid big holiday weekends. Must have for Sly Creek Reservoir is a boat. Many secluded beaches and good fishing spots to be found. Water level was on it's way down, so dont wait to long this summer. The weather is hot during the day and pleasant at night.

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Contact Information:
Sly Creek Reservoir, c/o Feather River Ranger District, 875 Mitchell Avenue , Oroville, CA, 95965-4699, Phone: 530-534-6500, TTY: 530-534-7984

Additional Information:
California Lakes and Reservoirs - The lakes and reservoirs described here range from huge reservoirs to small mountain lakes. The lakes are often part of large recreation areas, National Forests or State Parks.


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