Visitor Guide

Rich Agricultural Lands, Historic Wonders, & Outstanding Outdoor Recreation

Oroville has all the vistas of a mountain town without the pesky altitude. Nestled among the Sutter Buttes, Oroville was an early gold mining camp and home to hundreds of ambitious miners along the Feather River. In 1968 Lake Oroville was created, and almost overnight the town in the Buttes became one of California’s most recognized recreation areas. 

The city of Chico is a testament to community spirit. In 1860, General John Bidwell founded Chico on a portion of his 28,000-acre ranch. To encourage the development of a quality community, he donated land to anyone willing to build a house, church, or any other public structure and, in 1887, gave land for the development of an agriculture college. As part of the effort to create their ideal city, the General and his wife funded Bidwell Park, now the largest municipal park west of the Mississippi River. California State University Chico developed from that early agricultural college and has helped shape the thriving community. 

Paradise is no fable, it’s a short drive from Chico: a haven just out of the reach of the valley fog but below the heavy snows of the Sierra. Its quiet residential streets are home to those who found exactly what they were looking for. Gold played an important part of the community’s history, including the 1859 discovery of the largest nugget ever found in California, weighing 54 pounds! Paradise has also become known for its friendly community and fine collection of antique shops. 

For further information contact the Oroville Area Chamber of Commerce, Butte County Cultural Tourism or Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce.

Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park
Bidwell State Historic Park in Chico, California, is the largest municipal park west of the Mississippi River. The Bidwell Mansion was the home of General John Bidwell and his wife Annie. Tours of the Bidwell Mansion are available.
Lake Oroville
Lake Oroville is the second largest reservoir in California, formed by the Oroville Dam crossing the Feather River. The lake is a hub for boating and fishing enthusiasts and offers camping, biking and hiking trails, and equestrian activities. Boat rentals include everything from kayaks to houseboats.
Chico State University
In 1887, General John Bidwell donated a portion of his 28,000-acre ranch for the development of an agriculture college, Chico State University.
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