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Welcome to Black Butte Lake

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.

Eight miles west of Orland, California, off Interstate 5.
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Mailing Address:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Black Butte Lake
19225 Newville Road
Orland, CA 95963-8901

FAX 530-865-5283


Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The park is open all year.

Day use of recreation areas is on a first-come, first-served basis. Beginning January 1, 2004, there will be a $4 charge per vehicle per day for use of day use facilities. Campsites are available by reservation or by drop-in.

From Orland, follow Newville Road west 8 miles to Black Butte Lake.

Please help us make everyone's visit enjoyable by:

  • Watching children closely when around water.
  • Keeping your pets on a leash at all times.
  • Keeping fires confined to grills and pits and using only dead and down wood.
  • Maintaining quiet between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Operating vehicles only on designated roads and parking areas provided.
  • Camping only in designated campsites.
  • Helping clean up litter and keeping a neat campsite..
  • Reporting safety hazards to park personnel.
  • Reading the park rules, copies of which are posted throughout the park.

All areas are patrolled by Corps of Engineers park rangers and deputies of the Glenn and Tehama County Sheriff's Departments. If you need help, contact a park ranger, deputy sheriff, or dial 9-1-1.

Camping Reservations

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Recreation at Black Butte Lake

Day Use:
The lake has over 20 miles of hiking, mountain biking and nature trails, all of which provide scenic vistas and opportunities for wildlife viewing. The Buckhorn Recreation Area includes a playground and exercise area for active children. Families will enjoy the shady and well maintained picnic facilities available at several locations around the lake.
 Black Butte Lake Facilities Map 
 Trail Map

There are two campgrounds at Black Butte Lake: Buckhorn and Orland Buttes. Both provide drinking water, picnic tables, fire pits, launch ramps, trailer dump stations, emergency telephones and restroom facilities with showers. Many campsites can easily accommodate recreational vehicles up to 35 feet in length. No electrical hookups are available.

The Buckhorn Campground is open all year and contains 65 developed campsites.
 Buckhorn Campground Map

Orland Buttes Campground is open April through September and has 35 campsites.
 Orland Buttes Campground Map

Reservations for both campgrounds can be made by calling toll free 1-877-444-6777. Or visit RECREATION.GOV for on-line reservations for Buckhorn Campground or Orland Buttes Campground. Individual campsites can be reserved up to 240 days in advance.

Group Camping:
Group camping is available at both the Buckhorn and Orland Buttes areas. Advance reservations through RECREATION.GOV are required. Reservations for the group use areas may be made up to 360 days in advance.


Camping Group Camping Day Use

Special Use

$20 (Apr. 1 - Oct. 31) $100 - $175

$30 Annual Pass

$50 - $2500
$18 (Nov. 1 - Mar. 31)

The Golden Age and Golden Access passport program expired Dec. 31, 2006. However, both passes are still honored as evidence of eligibility for related discounts at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers parks. Corps parks also honor two of the America the Beautiful - The National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Passes: the Interagency Senior and Interagency Access passes. The Corps does not sell or issue either pass.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sells an annual pass for $30. The Corps Annual Pass gives unlimited access to day-use areas at any Corps park for 12 months, and is sold at all Corps parks.

Ranger Programs:
Ranger programs can be scheduled by calling 530-865-4781. A centrally located amphitheater offers summer campfire programs.

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 and channel catfish are the major game fish. A valid State of California fishing license is required.

Over a several month period in the spring, wildflowers put on an abundant show for all. Fiddlenecks, California poppies, baby blue eyes, and lupine are just a few of the wildflowers that make an appearance. This is a very good time to take a hike or go for a drive to see what is blooming.

Equestrian Areas:
Black Butte Lake is very popular with horseback riders looking for a quiet and scenic place to ride. Grizzly Flat and Burris Creek are undeveloped day use areas that have everything the equestrian is looking for. Trails wind through oak woodlands with gentle hills and valleys, offering frequent views of the lake through the trees.

Disc Golf:
An 18-hole disc golf course with concrete tee pads is located adjacent to Orland Buttes Campground and is available year-round.
 Disc Golf Course Map

Black Butte Views




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