Orland Buttes Recreation Area

Army Corps Of Engineers

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County Road 206
Orland, CA 95963
Reservations: 1877-444-6777
Official Website

GPS: 39.772, -122.353

Last Price Paid: $9
Number of Sites: 33
Reservations: Yes
Open Seasonally: April-September
Elevation: 522 ft
Max Length: 35 ft
Tent Camping: Yes
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Ardent Camper

32 Fleetwood Southwind
2014 Jeep Cherokee
65 reviews
Nightly rate: $9
Days stayed: 7
Site Number: 18

Ardent Camper would stay here again

“Serenity overlooking a gorgeous lake in an amazing landscape”

Reviewed May 31, 2016

Overall Rating

I was fully prepared to be underwhelmed by the Central Valley, but I think Orland Buttes Recreation Area would've blown me away even if I had been expecting something incredible.

This campground, managed by the Army Corps of Engineers, has no hookups and is available at $9/night for Interagency Passholders (they can sell you an America the Beautiful pass at the entrance station at the Buckhorn Recreation Area on the other side of the lake). It's much quieter than its counterpart at Buckhorn on the other side of the lake--a bit mystifying as the cell signal seems stronger over here.

Most of the sites are within view of the lake, and all of them are within easy walking distance of it. You won't do any swimming here, though--there is a boat ramp, and cliffs, and that's it. There is a nice walking trail from the campground to a cool overlook with pieces of a historic bridge. Also, if you visit in the spring like we did, you'll be amazed at the variety of birds (bald eagles, all sorts of hawks and large birds of prey, and vultures, plus songbirds). There were days we were the only ones here.

While there are no hookups at the sites, there are water spigots around the campground that are available for fill-ups (though you can't remain hooked up to them), and there's a dump station at the entrance. Park staff swing by around daily, able to help with anything you need.

We loved this place, and we'll definitely be back!

Site Quality
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  • dry camping
  • boat ramp
  • fishing
  • water access
Site Amenities:
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • dump station
  • group sites
  • restrooms: flush
  • showers
  • trash
  • water available
  • pets


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