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Oroville Dam and Reservoir
Lake Oroville State Recreation Area, California

Massive Oroville Dam impounds the Feather River in the northern Sierra Nevada. It was built in 1958, keystone of the California Water Project. The extra water it makes available flows through the Sacramento Delta then is pumped into the California Aqueduct for distribution in the San Joaquin Valley, coastal valleys, and over the Tehachapis into Southern California.

This is the highest dam in the US, 770 feet high and 6920 feet wide. In addition to water storage it provides flood control, recreation, and hydro-electric power.

The historic 240-foot long Bidwell Bar Bridge from 1855 was relocated to the lakeshore when its original site was flooded. A new Bidwell Bar Bridge 1108 feet long was built over Lake Oroville. Before the lake filled it was one of the highest suspension bridges in the world, 627 feet above the river.

Oroville Dam - Water Education Foundation
Wikipedia: Oroville Dam

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Oroville Dam on the Feather River

Oroville Dam on the Feather River

Oroville Dam on the Feather River

, California

Date photographed: June 20, 2008
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The historic Bidwell Bar Bridge at Lake Oroville State Recreation Area

The historic Bidwell Bar Bridge at Lake Oroville State Recreation Area

The historic Bidwell Bar Bridge at Lake Oroville State Recreation Area

, California

Date photographed: June 20, 2008
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Bidwell Bar Bridge, relocated when Lake Oroville flooded its original location

Bidwell Bar Bridge, relocated when Lake Oroville flooded its original location

Bidwell bar Bridge, relocated when Lake Oroville flooded its original location

, California

Date photographed: June 20, 2008
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The Enterprise Bridge over the South Fork of the Feather River at Lake Oroville

The Enterprise Bridge over the South Fork of the Feather River at Lake Oroville

The Enterprise Bridge over the South Fork of the Feather River at Lake Oroville

, California

Date photographed: June 20, 2008
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The New Bidwell Bar Bridge over Lake Oroville

The New Bidwell Bar Bridge over Lake Oroville

The suspension bridge over Lake Oroville

, California

Date photographed: June 20, 2008
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