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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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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.     
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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
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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
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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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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. 
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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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12105 River Rd.
Chico, CA 95926
530-342-5185
Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park is located four miles west of Chico. The park is located adjacent to a four mile stretch of the Sacramento River. Open for day-use, the park offers areas for fishing, picnicking, hiking, boat-launching and river floating. Visitors interested in rafting, kayaking, canoeing, or inner-tubing can float down the river from the Irvine Finch River access site, past the tall riparian forest to Big Chico Creek, taking in the peace and beauty…
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Oroville , CA 0
Camp Creek Falls can be reached by driving and is a sight to see, with many tiers equaling 200 feet of waterfall. Be sure to have a high clearance vehicle and get ready for a rough ride to see this worthwile waterfall. 
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Oroville , CA 0
Chambers Creek Falls offers a great photo opportunity with two levels of beautiful uniformity. The waterfall is surrounded by greenery and magnificent rocks on either side. At the base lies a large pool for swimming. Further downstream, past the pool are dainty waterfalls/rapids and if you're not afraid to get  wet, you can get it all in one shot of your camera. This waterfall is strenuously accessible.
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Oroville , CA 0
Coon Falls on North Table Mountain is a sight to see when you can see it. Because of a small drainage basin, it is most visible after a good rain storm which is a great time to see little waterfalls all over the mesa. This waterfall is easily accessible.
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