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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.

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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
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875 Mitchell Ave.
Oroville, CA 95965
530-534-6500
See the sixth highest waterfall in the nation, which reaches a magnificent 640 feet. View spectacular scenery from the 9-mile round trip hiking trail.Accessible by Car: YesHiking/walking required: YesIf so, what is the distance:   9 mile hike (round trip) 4 miles each way.Special Features: Feather Falls,  the sixth tallest waterfall in the continental Unite
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
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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, the nature center features walking trai
Butte County
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Hwy 162
Lake Oroville, CA 95965
530-365-7500
The Feather River Scenic Byway follows the North Fork of the Feather River into the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The route is one of California’s earliest routes over the Sierra’s, providing the lowest elevation highway crossing during major winter storms. The byway traverses the northern Sierra Nevada and ends near the Nevada border, making it unique in its botanical and cultural diversity.The byway begins in the Lake Oroville area of Butte County. Lake Oroville, created by…
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
2822
502 Pearson Rd.
Paradise, CA 95969
530-872-8722
The museum depicts area history from Native American to 1950, and includes a replication of an old west mining town with a working blacksmith shop, gold panning sluices and souvenir shop. 
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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
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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
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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. With 15,500 surface acres and 167 miles of shoreline, Lake Oroville is the second largest reservoir in California.
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