Update on Lake Oroville Operations - March 16, 2023


Oroville spillway on March 10, 2023

Oroville spillway on March 10, 2023.

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) again increased flood control protection releases to the Feather River today due to continued heavy inflows into Lake Oroville. Total releases to the Feather River increased to 25,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) at noon, with 13,000 cfs flowing through the low-flow channel within the City of Oroville. DWR continues to closely monitor lake levels, weather forecasts and mountain snow levels and will adjust releases accordingly. 


The information below reflects current reservoir level estimates. Forecasts can change quickly and may affect the estimates provided.


  • Current Oroville Reservoir Level: 858 feet elevation
  • Total Releases to the Feather River: 25,000 cfs


The Lake Oroville reservoir is the largest storage facility in the State Water Project and supports environmental and water delivery needs to 27 million Californians and reduces flood risks to downstream communities. DWR continues to monitor lake levels, weather forecasts, and mountain snow levels to optimize operations for flood control, water storage and environmental protection while allowing for carryover storage into next year.