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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.
Butte County
5391
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.
Butte County
5417
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.
Butte County
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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. 
Butte County
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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
Butte County
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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…
Butte County
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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.
Butte County
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12105 River Rd.
Chico, CA 95926
530-342-5185
Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park Four miles west of Chico, Ca. California State Parks Management Unit: Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park 12105 River Road Chico, CA 95926 Amenities: Site Fee River Access Canoeing Mens / Womens Restrooms Interpretive Trail Boat Launch Area Wildlife Watching   Description:Approximately five miles west of Chico, the park is located adjacent to a four mile stretch of the Sacramento River. It consists of an extraordinarily sensitive, ecologically noteworthy remnant of the Sacramento River. Open for day-use, the park offers…
Butte County
2816
1650 Broderick St.
Oroville, CA 95965
530-538-2528
The museum displays approximately 12,000 different items consisting of wrenches, blacksmith tools, tune-up related items, jacks, service station items, plumbing tools, soldering irons, electric tools, hand grinders and other misc. items. Over 2,000 brands dating back to the 1820's. Considered to be one of the most historical tool museums in the world. Open 7 days a week. Mon - Sat. 10 am -3:45pm, Sundays 11:45 -3:45 pm.
Butte County
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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
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