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Sacramento District Recreation

Sacramento District Recreation Black Butte Lake

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District operates 10 lake projects with recreation areas in the sunny valleys of California -- from Black Butte Lake in the north to Success Lake in the south. They offer stunning visual contrast -- golden hills to deep blue waters; sites rich in California history; and natural wonders in every season.

Camping, fishing, boating, hiking, bird-watching and a thousand other special family memories await you. We proudly invite you to come and discover (or rediscover) your Sacramento District recreation areas.

Most boat launch and day use facilities are open to the public. Use of visitor centers, campgrounds, group picnic shelters, playgrounds, swim beaches, and the Orland Buttes Recreation Area at Black Butte Lake is prohibited.

All 2020 camping reservations have been refunded through We are working with our federal, state and local partners to determine a reopening date and want to ensure the public and our staff are as safe as possible. Once we determined a date, visitors will once again be able to make reservation through

All recreation offices remain closed to visitors.


The Corps of Engineers participates in the America the Beautiful-Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series. The series includes the; Annual Pass, Every Kid Outdoors Pass available to 4th graders, 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 recreation areas 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 recreation area, 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 recreation area for one calendar year at the date of purchase.


There are standard fees for visitors to use day-use facilities and campgrounds in the Corps Sacramento District recreation areas. A single day use fee of $5 per day is charged in most day-use recreation areas.


Camping fees vary by campground and campsite amenities. Paid campers do not need to pay an additional day-use fee. Regardless of the fee or recreation area, always display your permit or receipt showing proof of payment when there is a fee in place.