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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.



Location:Eight miles west of Orland, California, off Interstate 5.
  Map to Black Butte Lake

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.

Use of recreation areas is on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a $5 charge per vehicle, per day, for 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.

Useful Links:

Rules and Regulations:

Title 36 - Parks, Forests, and Public Property Chapter III - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Part 327 - Rules and regulations governing public use of Water Resources Development Projects administered by the Chief of Engineers.


Every Kid in a Park: 4th graders can get free parks access.

Bobber the Water Safety Dog: Information on water safety for children.

Operation Dry Water: Learn about the dangers of BUI - Boating Under the Influence of alcohol.

National Water Safety Program: Information that could help save your life or the life of someone you care about.

Camping Reservations

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Master Plan Update - 2016

Recreation at Black Butte Lake


In the interest of the health and safety of the public, park volunteers, and our staff, we have closed our recreation facilities to protect against the spread of #COVID19. This includes campgrounds, visitor centers, boat launches, and day-use areas. Individuals with paid camping reservations will be contacted by email and full refunds will automatically be processed by with no cancellation fees.


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 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.


Day Use - $5      

Camping - $18 - $20        

Group Camping - $130-$200

Special Use - $50-$2500

Annual Pass - $40


The Corps of Engineers participates in the America the Beautiful-Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series. The series includes the; Annual Pass, Annual 4th Grade Pass, Annual Senior Pass, Lifetime Senior Pass, Lifetime Access Pass, Volunteer Pass, and Military Pass. Be sure to pick up your America the Beautiful pass at any of our Corps parks as the money is directly invested back into the facilities to improve your recreational experience. Get more details about the pass series here

The Annual Pass is a onetime purchase of $80. You will have access to all of your favorite Corps parks, and participating federal agencies public lands. The Annual Pass is good for one year from the date of purchase.

Individuals 62 years and older have the choice of purchasing an Annual Senior Pass for $20 which is good for one year from the date of purchase, or a Lifetime Senior Pass for $80, which does not expire. Senior and Access Pass holders also receive a 50 percent discount on campsites at Corps-managed campgrounds.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also sells their Corps Annual Pass for $40. The Corps Annual Pass gives unlimited access to day-use areas at any Corps park for one calendar year at the date of purchase.



Ranger Programs:

Ranger programs can be scheduled by calling 530-865-4781. A centrally located amphitheater can be reserved.



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

A lone boat makes its way along the shoreline as the sun begins to set at Black Butte Lake.
A wind-surfer heads out to catch an afternoon breeze on Black Butte Lake.
The sun sets over scenic Black Butte Lake
A campsite with a view awaits you at Black Butte Lake.
A park ranger at Black Butte Lake shows a horned-toad.
Orland sports club partners with Corps for first-class fun
Ensuring they have proper-fitting lifejackets on, a father and son enjoy a ride on Black Butte Lake.
High adjustments
Sailing at Black Butte Lake
An early autumn sun sets over the hills at Black Butte Lake, near Orland, California.




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