In one of the more remote areas of Washington, up by the Canadian border, the small town of Oroville can be found perched by a lake, with magnificent views and a charming atmosphere. First settled in the mid-19th century, Oroville was once known as “Rag-town,” later changed to Oro, the Spanish word for gold. The motivation for the name was propelled by a desire to attract miners and prospectors, but upon discovering that another town had already claimed the name, Oroville became the city's final moniker.
For most of its existence, Oroville remained a sleepy community in the foothills of the remarkable Cascade Mountains to the west. It was not until quite recently that the town began to attract tourists, thanks in part to its dreamy landscapes and “middle-of-nowhere” charm. When you book an RV in Oroville, you may be quite far removed from Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympic National Park, but there is no limit to what you can see and do in this diverse region of Washington.
The Great Outdoors
It is no secret that Washington is one of the most naturally beautiful areas within the United States, famous for its outdoor recreation and exceptional landscapes. When you rent an RV here, you are bound to stumble upon somewhere incredible. Osoyoos Lake Veteran’s Memorial Park is a former state park that now belongs to the town of Oroville. The park has over 300 feet of sandy beaches, paired with swimming areas in Osoyoos Lake, and marvelous campgrounds where you can camp with your Oroville RV rental by owner.
On the far side of Osoyoos Lake on the Canadian side of the border, there are even more places to uncover, like Cabana Beach Campground and Haynes Point Provincial Park. Hayes Point has stunning views of the lake, along with fishing areas and a dreamy campground that juts out into the large lake.
Pearrygin Lake State Park is located in Okanogan County like Oroville, although it is over an hour's drive away. This public recreation area in Methow Valley almost entirely surrounds Pearrygin Lake, an epic place for fishing, swimming, boating, hiking, and camping with your Oroville motorhome rental.
If you want to get out and explore the Cascade Mountains, head to North Cascades National Park, one of the state’s best and most overlooked parks due to its remote location. Only around 30,000 people visit this gem of a park each year, providing people with a great alternative to the more crowded Mount Rainier National Park over by Seattle. North Cascades National Park is known for its rugged canyons, steep hikes, and enchanting views overlooking the mountain range. Prepare yourself for heavenly sights and peaceful, restful camping when you bring your Oroville campervan rental for a short trip to the Cascade Mountains.
When you pick up your Oroville camper rental, in town, there are plenty of campgrounds in the vicinity. Most of these places are centered around Osoyoos Lake, a breathtaking natural feature responsible for much of the area’s tourism. Deep Bay Park and Osoyoos Lake Veteran’s Memorial Park are two public parks on the lake where you can camp without the amenities that other resorts might have. In return for sacrificing wireless internet and a swimming pool, you can enjoy lakefront camping and a big body of water for fishing, boating, and swimming.
River Oaks RV Park is just off the lake close to town, with some features like coin-operated laundry facilities, restrooms, hot showers, wireless internet, cable television, and more. Shopping and dining options are within walking distance of the park.
Sun Cove Resort offers a lot of amenities. There are kayak and canoe rentals, swimming areas, fishing spots, a camp store, a cafe, and a playground for children at this tranquil resort.
Oroville is steadily developing its tourism industry, so slowly but surely there have been more things to see and do around the town; however, there aren't big-city landmarks and attractions like you might find in Seattle. The Old Oroville Depot Museum is one of the points of interest you can check out when you rent an RV in town, a place that puts a special emphasis on the town’s railway history and the complex relationship it has with train transportation. The old train station now houses this fascinating museum, and there are hundreds of donated artifacts on display to help weave the story of Oroville’s past.
The Old Molson Museum is the other well-known attraction in town, allowing you to step back in time to uncover the past. This museum/ghost town has an assortment of buildings, from old general stores to wooden schoolhouses that once hosted students of all ages. There is no better place or way to see how the first settlers to the harsh and unforgiving landscapes once lived upon first reaching the Wild West.
Oroville, WA is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.
There are many popular rentals in Oroville. Outdoorsy's Oroville RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.