Bidwell Park - Photo Credit David Selkirk

Agricultural Lands, Historic Wonders, and Outstanding Outdoor Recreation

Butte County is rich in agricultural lands and gold mining history, including the 1859 discovery of the largest nugget ever found in California, weighing 54 pounds! Nestled among the Sutter Buttes, Oroville was an early gold mining camp and home to hundreds of ambitious miners along the Feather River.  Butte County's farms provide an off-the-beaten path adventure whether you are a seasoned foodie or a novice taster of beer, wine, olives, nuts, or grass-fed beef.

In 1860, General John Bidwell founded the city of Chico and gave land for the development of an agriculture college, Chico State University. The General and his wife funded Bidwell Park, now the largest municipal park west of the Mississippi River.  The city's numerous art and glass blowing studios have helped Chico become one of America's top 10 art communities and downtown has an eclectic collection of shops and eateries worthy of an afternoon stroll.

For further information contact Explore Butte County.

Chico  |  Oroville  |  Paradise  |  Gridley

Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park

Bidwell Mansion 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. The lake is a hub for boating and fishing and offers camping, biking and hiking trails, and equestrian activities. Boat rentals include everything from kayaks to houseboats.

A Day in Butte County
+ Filter Results
1234Next
972
1067 Montgomery Street
Oroville, CA 95965
530-538-2497
The home of Judge C.F.Lott, a'49er and prominent figure, was built in 1856.  The home, filled with many original furnishings and artifacts, tells a story of unrequited love, and life long devotion.
Butte County
4166
P.O. Box 2154
Chico, CA 95927
(530) 918-4584
Savor the pace of Butte County. From farm-to-table restaurants to you-pick family farm tours to blood-pumping outdoor activities; whatever your speed, we’ve got it all. Call us today or visit our website for information about all the things to see, do, and taste in Butte County. Explorers Welcome!
Butte County
811
2600 Old Ferry Road
Oroville, CA 95965
530-538-2500
The bank of the Feather River below the Bath House was once the site of a Maidu fishing village. The river provided a bountiful supply of giant Chinook salmon and acorns were harvested from the groves of Blue Oaks. Gold was discovered in the Feather River in 1849 bringing a tent city of fortune hunters virtually overnight. The gold soon ran out and the miners left as quickly as they had appeared.As the need for…
Butte County
596
1789 Montgomery St.
Oroville, CA 95965
800-655-GOLD
The gardens include the Chinese Temple Garden, Lott Garden in Sank Park, Minasian Azalea Gardens and The Depot's California Display Garden. Oroville's cultural history and mild climate have enabled the city to have five spectacular gardens. Rich with culture and tranquility, the gardens include the Chinese Temple Garden, Lott Garden in Sank Park, Minasian Azalea Gardens and The Depot.
Butte County
599
1500 Broderick St.
Oroville, CA 95965
530-538-2496
The temple was built in 1863 to support the Chinese community of 10,000 and includes artifacts dating from 1850’s to early 1900’s. Three chapels and a main chapel served as a place for Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism.     
Butte County
601
945 Oro Dam Blvd W
Oroville, CA 95965
530-538-2236
Fish and wildlife are abundant on the 11,000-acre wildlife area. Bird watching, camping, fishing and hunting opportunities are available. Egrets, beaver, and river otter are among the many animals you might see.
Butte County
579
6161 Clark Rd.,Suite 1
Paradise, CA 95969
530-877-9356
Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce promotes local pride, professional expertise and a commitment to growth. Our members foster the civic and commercial progress of our community. Video - Rediscover the Ridge.
Butte County
5479
CA 95973
(530) 533-1473
Situated in rural north state, the Sierra Oro Farm Trail (SOFT) is a non-profit association of farmers and businesses located in Butte County, California. Established in 2005 with a handful of local farms, the trail has grown to include more than thirty specialty farms and agriculture-related businesses from throughout the communities of Butte County.The farm trail community rolls out the red carpet every Columbus Day weekend for the annual Passport Weekend. During the Passport Weekend,…
Butte County
5448
Oroville, CA 0
In the unique terrain of Table Mountain, you will find Beaston Falls in a narrow canyon in Beaston Hollow. The best time to enjoy this waterfall is from December through April. 
Butte County
590
525 Esplanade
Chico, CA 95926
530-895-6144
Bidwell Mansion was the home of General John Bidwell and his wife Annie Ellicott Kennedy Bidwell from the time of their marriage in 1868 until the end of their lives in 1900 and 1918 respectively. Construction of the 26-room mansion began in 1865, prior to John Bidwell's first introduction to his future bride, which occurred late in 1865. The Bidwells were married April 16, 1868 in Washington, D.C. with then President Andrew Johnson and future…
Butte County
1234Next
Showing results 1 to 10 of 37
Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association
1699 HWY 273, Anderson, CA 96007 | (P) 530-365-7500
Things to Do | Wine & Dine | Events | Planning | Stay | Regions | Partners | Media | About Us | Contact Us
Website Developed by Drozian Webworks