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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 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.

A Day in Butte County

Butte County Attractions

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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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400 Glen Drive
Oroville, CA 95966
530-538-2200
This recreation area is a 220-acre off-road vehicle area. Provides good beginner terrain for off-road enthusiasts. Offers motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle, and dune buggy use area.
Butte County
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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
594
875 Mitchell Ave.
Oroville, CA 95965
530-534-6500
Feather Falls is the sixth highest waterfall in the United States, which reaches a magnificent 640 feet. View spectacular scenery from the 9-mile round trip hiking trail.
Butte County
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5 Table Mountain Blvd.
Oroville, CA 95965
530-538-2222
- Accommodates 9,000 adult salmon and 2,000 adult steelhead - Incubators contain up to 20 million eggs and 9.6 million fingerlings- Fall is best time for fish viewing
Butte County
811
2600 Old Ferry Road
Oroville, CA 95965
530-538-2500
The museum is a WPA built rock building with changing displays.   Created alongside the Feather River on the site of Oroville’s first park.
Butte County
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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
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917 Kelly Ridge Rd.
Oroville, CA 95966
530-538-2219
Lake Oroville features a man-made lake formed by the nation's tallest earth0filled dam. Camping (including floating campsites), horse camp, and boat-in camps. The Visitors Center has a museum, exhibits, and store.
Butte County
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917 Kelly Ridge Road
Oroville, CA 95966
530-538-2219
California’s second largest reservoir. Oroville Dam is the tallest and nation’s-largest earthen dam. Visitors can climb a 47-foot tower to view the lake and the Sutter Buttes.  
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