One year later: Visitors continue to flock to Oroville Dam
OROVILLE, Calif. —
While the work continues on the new Oroville Dam spillway, the deterioration of the old one continues to spark interest.
Jana Frazier, the tour guide at the Oroville Dam Visitors Center on Kelly Ridge Road, calculated the number of people who come to the center. She said on average more than 2,000 additional visitors come by each month compared to before the spillway failure.
"The spillway incident put us in the media spotlight all over the world," said Frazier. "It's been a huge tourism draw."
"In 2017 we saw one of the fullest campgrounds we've seen in a long time," she said.
In the month that the spillway failed, Frazier said 25,000 people came to the visitors center.
"It looked like a farmer's market," Frazier said.
Many of the tourists are visitors who would like to observe the construction of the new spillway but are not allowed access to the road where it can be seen.
But Frazier said certain groups can plan special tours on a case-by-case basis.
If you're interested she can be contacted at Jana.Frazier@water.ca.gov.