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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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There are many beautiful golf courses in the Shasta Cascade region. For a complete list, click below to order a copy of our Shasta Cascade Visitors Guide or call the Welcome Center at 530-365-7500 or 1-800-474-2782.
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530-595-4444
This hike starts off following the gentle grade of the Lassen Park Road but then rises sharply and climbers are forced to overcome 1,000 feet of elevation in one mile. The first half of your journey to Ridge Lakes follows the gentle grade of the Lassen Park Road, gaining a mere 200 vertical feet in 0.75 mile. The second half is a different story altogether as 1,000 feet of elevation must be overcome in the…
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530-595-4444
A trip to the Sulfur Works is perhaps one of the best ways for newcomers to become acquainted with Lassen Volcanic National Park in the winter. A trip to the Sulfur Works is perhaps one of the best ways for newcomers to become acquainted with Lassen Volcanic National Park in the winter. The short route follows the easy grade of the Lassen Park Road through open terrain, allowing splendid views of
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39696 Hwy. 70
Quincy, CA 95971
530-238-0555
Many visitors use this as an alternate route or shortcut back to the Staging Areas.This trail branches off the Gravel Range loop in an easterly direction, and ends at the Big Creek Trail.  Many visitors use this as an alternate route or shortcut back to the Staging Areas.
Butte County
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5475 Clark Rd.
Paradise, CA 95969
530-876-0191
Best Western Paradise Hotel offers 62 spacious rooms with amenities. Enjoy the breathtaking scenic view and landscape of Paradise.
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3300 Inspiration Lane
Paradise, CA 95969
Northern California's most unique B & B, 20 acres include water features, pond, pool, outdoor kitchen and great room, wine cave, private manor w/ 3 exquisite guest rooms + historic cottage.
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665 Manzanita Court
Chico, CA 95926
530-345-5500
Pool, restaurant, data ports, pet friendly. Chico State University nearby. Three miles to airport. Near Bidwell Mansion. 
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1789 Montgomery St.
Oroville, CA 95965
530-538-2542
There are many unique formations atop Bald Rock, once home to the local Maidu Indians. An easy hike to the peak offers views of the Sacramento Valley and coastal mountain ranges. Once home to the local Maidu Indians, Bald Rock is a massive granite structure filled with many unique formations, including grinding holes used by Native Americans for grains and acorns. There are many unique formations atop Bald Rock, once home to the l
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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…
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PO Box 3420
Chico, CA 95927
530-896-7800
One of the largest municipal parks in the United States at 3,670 acres. Bidwell Park offers hiking, bicycling, picnicking, rollerblading horseback riding. Swimming is located at the One Mile Recreation Area at Sycamore School.
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