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Agricultural Lands, Historic Wonders, & 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 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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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.
Butte County
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530-595-4444
This hike starts off following the gentle grade of the Lassen Park Road but then rises sharply and climbers are forced to overcome 1,000 feet of elevation in one mile. The first half of your journey to Ridge Lakes follows the gentle grade of the Lassen Park Road, gaining a mere 200 vertical feet in 0.75 mile. The second half is a different story altogether as 1,000 feet of elevation must be overcome in the…
Butte County
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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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39696 Hwy. 70
Quincy, CA 95971
530-238-0555
Many visitors use this as an alternate route or shortcut back to the Staging Areas.This trail branches off the Gravel Range loop in an easterly direction, and ends at the Big Creek Trail.  Many visitors use this as an alternate route or shortcut back to the Staging Areas.
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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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