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Oroville has all the vistas of a mountain town without the pesky altitude. Nestled among the Sutter Buttes, Oroville was an early gold mining camp and home to hundreds of ambitious miners along the Feather River. In 1968 Lake Oroville was created, and almost overnight the town in the Buttes became one of California’s most recognized recreation areas. 

The city of Chico is a testament to community spirit. In 1860, General John Bidwell founded Chico on a portion of his 28,000-acre ranch. To encourage the development of a quality community, he donated land to anyone willing to build a house, church, or any other public structure and, in 1887, gave land for the development of an agriculture college. As part of the effort to create their ideal city, the General and his wife funded Bidwell Park, now the largest municipal park west of the Mississippi River. California State University Chico developed from that early agricultural college and has helped shape the thriving community. 

Paradise is no fable, it’s a short drive from Chico: a haven just out of the reach of the valley fog but below the heavy snows of the Sierra. Its quiet residential streets are home to those who found exactly what they were looking for. Gold played an important part of the community’s history, including the 1859 discovery of the largest nugget ever found in California, weighing 54 pounds! Paradise has also become known for its friendly community and fine collection of antique shops. 

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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Chester/Lake Almanor
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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.
Shasta Cascade
4166
25 County Center Dr Ste 200
Oroville, CA 95965
530-538-7631
Call us today or visit our website for information about things to see and do in Butte County.
Chico/Paradise
1115
665 Manzanita Court
Chico, CA 95926
530-345-5500
Pool, restaurant, data ports, pet friendly. Chico State University nearby. Three miles to airport. Near Bidwell Mansion. 
Chico/Paradise
579
5550 Skyway, #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.
Chico/Paradise
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31021 Hwy 299 W.
Big Bar, CA 96010
530-623-3033
Whitewater rafting on wild and scenic Trinity River (Class II-V). Also Klamath River. Springtime: South Fork Trinity, Canyon Creek, Upper Sacramento, Cal Salmon. Rafts & inflatable kayaks.
Weaverville/Trinity Country
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. 
Red Bluff/Tehama Country
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1789 Montgomery St.
Oroville, CA 95965
530-538-2542
There are many unique formations atop Bald Rock, once home to the local Maidu Indians. An easy hike to the peak offers views of the Sacramento Valley and coastal mountain ranges. Once home to the local Maidu Indians, Bald Rock is a massive granite structure filled with many unique formations, including grinding holes used by Native Americans for grains and acorns. There are many unique formations atop Bald Rock, once home to the l
Oroville/Lake Oroville
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525 Esplanade
Chico, CA 95926
530-895-6144
Bidwell Mansion was the home of General John Bidwell and his wife Annie Ellicott Kennedy Bidwell from the time of their marriage in 1868 until the end of their lives in 1900 and 1918 respectively. Construction of the 26-room mansion began in 1865, prior to John Bidwell's first introduction to his future bride, which occurred late in 1865. The Bidwells were married April 16, 1868 in Washington, D.C. with then President Andrew Johnson and future…
Chico/Paradise
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PO Box 3420
Chico, CA 95927
530-896-7800
One of the largest municipal parks in the United States at 3,670 acres. Bidwell Park offers hiking, bicycling, picnicking, rollerblading horseback riding. Swimming is located at the One Mile Recreation Area at Sycamore School.
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