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Tower seen at Black Butte Lake, constructed in 1963
Copyright: US Army Corps of Engineers
Tower seen at Black Butte Lake, constructed in 1963
Description - Black Butte Lake was formed in 1963 upon the completion of Black Butte Dam. Located on Stony Creek west of Orland, the lake is an inviting and accessible recreation area on the west side of the Sacramento Valley. When full, the lake has a surface area of 4,460 acres, is seven miles long and has a shoreline of 40 miles. The dam provides flood damage protection for local towns and agricultural lands.

Attractions - Visitors to Black Butte Lake can enjoy an assortment of recreations. The park is open all year for day use and overnight camping. Day use of recreation areas is on a first-come, first-served basis. Campsites are available by reservation. There are two campgrounds, including group areas, at opposite ends of the lake. A 75-acre ATV area is open June through February on the north side of the lake. Powerboats, personal watercraft and sailboats will find ample room for water fun throughout the "v" shaped lake. Boat ramps ($) are located at several locations. Black Butte is well known throughout California as an excellent warm water fishery providing catches of crappie, largemouth and smallmouth bass, spotted bass, striped bass, channel catfish, and more. Nature trails, playground equipment and several picnic facilities complete one's visit to scenic Black Butte Lake

Recreation - A variety water sports, camping opportunities, day hikes, and picnic destinations await at Black Butte Lake.

Climate - The climate of Black Butte Reservoir area is greatly influenced by elevation. As throughout California, most of the precipitation comes between November and April. This comes in the form of rain at the lower elevations and some wet, heavy snow in the higher elevations. April through October are normally dry, with warm to hot temperatures at the low elevations and moderate temperatures in the higher elevations.

Location - Black Butte Lake is located near Orland, CA. Go eight miles west of Orland. The lake is located off Interstate 5.


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Filed By: Gary chapman (chico, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: nice for camping , does have bathroom facilities and restrooms for those that cant live with out it. Camp fish and ride your dirtbikes all in one general area. Quit and safe. Hiking is also a good option , weather is nice and water is decent havent fished there yet but have done some wakeboarding and dirtbiking and enjoyed it all. Good for first time campers and kids to get acclimated to the outdoors. Set a date and have some fun. Bring some money or checkbook as it does cost to camp dirtbiking is free. Day use and boat launch also cost.

Filed By: steve alaw (cottonwood, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: March 08 2009, Got there by 7:00 a.m fished till 10:00a.m. no bite at all.

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Contact Information:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Black Butte Lake, 19225 Newville Road , Orland, CA, 95963-8901, Phone: 530-865-4781, Fax: 530-865-5283
, blackbutte-info@spk.usace.army.mil

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.
Central Valley Region - California's breadbasket, the great Central Valley, stretches for 450 miles down the center of the state, from Willows to Bakersfield. This region includes culturally diverse communities, historic sites, exceptional outdoor recreation, abundant wildlife and the California Delta.
Shasta Cascade Region - The Shasta Cascade Region of northeast California is a land of dense conifer forests, volcanic landscapes, and few people. It features five national forests, five state parks, four state historic parks, and two state recreation areas.

Links:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Official agency website.

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