|Welcome to the Forebay Aquatic
...A facility for educating
and entertaining all residents of Butte County.
Open to visitors of all ages, the Forebay Aquatic
Center (FAC) is located on the North Thermalito Forebay, along
Highway 70, one mile north of Oroville at the west end of Garden
Drive. Please click on our "directions" link for
The mission of the Forebay Aquatic
Center is to conduct instruction for safe boating
and provide recreational water craft for residents of Butte County
and the surrounding area. We also offer special educational programs
through Butte Couny Public Schools / Outdoor Education For All,
corporate group events and private party events.
Rentals include sit-on-top and sit-in kayaks,
canoes, stand up paddleboards, hydro-bikes and paddle boats. We
also have a variety of rowing craft including family boats, adaptive
boats and sport rowing—both sculling and sweep. It is also
possible to rent the boat house for a special event of your own.
Our instructors offer group and individual lessons
for boating and water safety utilizing all of the above watercraft.
Corporate team building programs are available by special request
– our most popular being sweep rowing a fifty five foot,
eight person Olympic shell.
The Youth Aquatic Camps are offered on a weekly
basis. For families that qualify, financial support provided by
Department of Boating and Waterways is available.
For further information please click on one
of the “paddles” in the menu on the left side of our
For those who would just like to watch the excitement
there is ample room for picnicking and swimming. The State Park
provides a large area with grass, lots of shade, picnic tables,
BBQs, and public toilets. There are also two launch ramps and
a nice public dock if you want to bring your own boat. Please
note—no motors are allowed on this part of the Forebay.
This year State Parks has constructed four special picnic
sites accessible by boats only.
The FAC is operated by the Feather River Rowing
Club in cooperation with California State Parks, Department of
Boating and Waterways, Department of Water Resources, The City
of Oroville through Supplemental Benefit Fund (SBF) and the many
Recreation Districts throughout Butte County.