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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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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.  
Butte County
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4488 Pacific Heights Rd.
Oroville, CA 95965
530-534-9956
A restored 1942 Half Track, a Harley Davidson military motorcycle and an extensive poster collection are on display along with numerous other items. The Military Museum of Butte County invites you to share the experience of viewing memorabilia from the WWII era to the present. A restored 1942 Half Track, a Harley Davidson military motorcycle and an extensive poster collection.
Butte County
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2023 Highway 99
Gridley, CA 95948
530-846-2537
Beautiful granite memorial surrounded by military, state and U.S. flags. The memorial commemorates the first to fall in the attack on Pearl Harbor, Warren McCutcheon of Gridley.
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…
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1500 Broderick St.
Oroville, CA 95965
530-538-2497
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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5570 Black Olive Drive
Paradise, CA 95969
530-872-8722
A gold nugget museum featuring local train and logging history. Includes a working model of the Butte County Rail Road.A gold nugget museu
Butte County
579
6161 Clark Rd.,Suite 1
Paradise, CA 95969
530-877-9356
Discover Paradise. Shop dozens of antique shops, galleries & gift stores for that perfect treasure. Explore the Gold Nugget Museum. Enjoy outdoor recreation activities among breathtaking vistas and tall pines.
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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 on North Table Mountain in Oroville 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, and there are no trails leading to it. But if you do find
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1699 HWY 273, Anderson, CA 96007 | (P) 530-365-7500 | (F) 530-365-1258
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