The California Department of Water Resources regularly posts the Oroville Dam's current water level on the California Data Exchange Center website. The dam's water level fluctuates throughout the year and is dependent on precipitation and melting snowpack.
The Oroville Dam sits on man-made Lake Oroville, creating one of California's largest reservoirs. The dam's crest level is 922 feet. Record low for Oroville Lake is 645 feet, which was set in 1977.
Located 70 miles north of Sacramento and just east of the city of Oroville, the dam's primary purpose is to produce electricity through its power plants. Just one of the six generating units at its Hyatt Power Plant has the ability to create enough electricity for nearly 200,000 homes.