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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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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.
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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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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
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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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2332 Montgomery St.
Oroville, CA 95965
530-538-2415
The museum, a replica of a miner's cabin, highlights the gold rush era and includes items from Bidwell Bar and a Native American arrowhead and basket collection.
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307 West Fifth Street
Chico, CA 95928
(530) 895-3848
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975, this beautiful Victorian style home was built for Dr. Oscar Stansbury in 1883. Tours are available Wednesday through Sunday. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975, this beautiful Victorian style home was built for Dr. Oscar Stansbury in 1883. Tours are available Saturday and Sunday at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm.
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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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Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association
1699 HWY 273, Anderson, CA 96007 | (P) 530-365-7500 | (F) 530-365-1258
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