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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 the Oroville Area Chamber of Commerce, Butte County Cultural Tourism or Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce.

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.

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Flag Falls is often mistaken for Phantom Falls, due to their similar look. Enjoy the view from the cliff with a crumbling slope to the canyon floor where trees thrive from the water source. This waterfall is moderately accessible.
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3207 Rutherford Rd.
Gridley, CA 95948
530-846-7505
9,100-acre wildlife refuge, one of the most intensively managed waterfowl marshlands in the United States. Excellent opportunities for hunting, fishing, photographing, and nature viewing. Educational programs, exhibits, self-guided nature trail and seasonal guided tours.
Butte County
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Oroville , CA 0
Hidden Falls can be found on Table Mountain, just outside of Oroville and southeast of Redding. This tiered waterfall is hard to capture, due to cliffs and sharp angles, but the main drop is about 70 ft of falling water, and is worth the find.
Butte County
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Oroville, CA 0
Hollow Falls is one of the shorter falls on Table Mountain with a powerful heavy stream down a gradual slope where the waterfall has cut into the rock face. The base of the waterfall is easily accessible by GPS coordinates and you will find an interesting view.
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With 15,500 surface acres and 167 miles of shoreline, Lake Oroville is the second largest reservoir in the state and arguably one of the best fishing spots in California. Lake Oroville was created in 1968 with the construction of the Oroville Dam and almost overnight became one of California’s most recognized recreation lakes. 
Butte County
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917 Kelly Ridge Road
Oroville, CA 95966
530-538-2219
The visitor center complex atop Kelly Ridge overlooks the lake and dam. It features interpretive displays, an audio-visual room where films about the dam and surrounding area are shown throughout each day. The visitor center displays feature a history of the Dam construction and State Water Project as well as a historic view of the Native People that inhabit the Lake Oroville Area. A 47-foot viewing tower allows the visitor the opportunity to have a…
Butte County
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2488 Cherokee Rd
Oroville, CA 95965
Created by ancient lava (basalt) flows, the approximately 3,300 acre North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve is an elevated basalt mesa with beautiful vistas of spring wildflowers, waterfalls, lava outcrops, and a rare type of vernal pool, called Northern Basalt Flow Vernal Pools. Typically fissures in the basalt soak up winter rains, forming seasonal streams and waterfalls. In a few places, however, the underlying basalt is impermeable to water forming a temporary pool. Soon to dry…
Butte County
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Elsey, CA 95965
530-365-7500
Phantom Falls is located on North Table Mountain in Oroville and is best viewed in the winter months. Phantom Falls is well named for two good reasons. First, it is on a small drainage, and will be dry in the summer months. Second, it is extremely well hidden. A hike to the falls is especially beautiful when the spring wildflowers are blooming.
Butte County
1994
19225 Newville Rd
Orland, CA 95963
530-865-4781
Two campgrounds available: Buckhorn- 65 campsites, group campsite, open year-round. Showers, playground, nature trail, shoreline access. Orland Buttes- 35 campsites, group campsite, open April 1-mid September. Showers, nature trail, lake views, and 18-hole golf course. Reservations through NRRS at 1-877-444-6777 or www.recreation.gov. Located southwest of Corning, the lake is seven miles long and has 40 miles of shoreline with 3 boatlaunch ramps. Picnicking, swimming, fishing, boating, equestrian area. hunting restricted to shotguns and archery only. 
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