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Native American families would consume 1,000 to 2,000 pounds of acorns in a year.

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Oroville Dam

Oroville Dam is located on the Feather River, nine miles east of Oroville, CA, located in the Sierra Nevada Foothills 75 miles north of Sacramento and 60 miles south of Redding. The coordinates of the dam are 38 35.3' North Latitude and 122 27.8' West Longitude.

From Sacramento, travel north on Interstate Five. In approximately three miles, turn off on Highway 99 north towards Yuba City. After 13 miles, take Highway 70 north towards Marysville. Oroville is 48 miles north on Highway 70. Take the second exit off the highway at Oroville Dam Boulevard (also Highway 162). Turn right on Oroville Dam Blvd. heading due east. Follow Oroville Dam Blvd. through town and in approximately nine miles the spillway and dam will be visible on the left hand side. Climb the hillside to the right of the dam, turn left at the stop sign and drive on top of the dam for spectacular views. One can also go straight through the stop sign and follow the green painted roadway stripe up to the Visitor's Center.

From Redding, travel south on Interstate Five. In Red Bluff, turn onto Highway 99 south towards Chico. Approximately eleven miles past Chico, take Highway 149 which joins with Highway 70 to Oroville. Take the Oroville Dam Blvd. exit. Turn left onto Oroville Dam Blvd., heading due east. Follow Oroville Dam Blvd. to the dam and use the directions above to get to specific dam facilities.

Oroville Dam is currently owned and operated by the State of California Department of Water Resources.

Tour information
For a tour of the Edward Hyatt Powerplant and/or the Feather River Fish Hatchery facilities contact John Ford at (530)534-2306. Tours are scheduled on a first come-first serve basis, and generally given in groups. Tours are free of charge. Allow two hours for the tour of the dam facilities and one hour for the fish hatchery.

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