The Lake Oroville Visitor Center
Just a short drive from Bidwell Marina, Lake Oroville Visitor Center hosts exhibits covering the history of the California water projects from the early Spanish-built dams to the dams of today, Maidu Indian Culture, and local wildlife. More than 40 videos are available for viewing upon request. Be sure to climb the 47 foot high viewing tower for spectacular views of the lake, mountains and valley.
The Ehmann Home
This Colonial Revival Craftsman home built in 1911 is open for tours on Saturdays from 11:00am-3:00pm. The home features lovely wainscoting, hardwood floors, fireplaces, intricate stained glass windows, and antique furniture including a Chickering piano that came around the Horn.
The Butte County Historical Society Museum & Archives features rotating Collector's Corner exhibits including Ishi's jail cell door, early gold scales, photographs, an amazingly detailed dollhouse, an Erle Stanley Gardner exhibit and many videos.
The Chinese Temple & Museum
The Chinese Temple & Museum provides a look into the life of a gold-rush era Chinese worker. Built in 1863 to serve a community of 10,000 Chinese, this temple of treasures is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and also as a California Landmark. The Temple has 3 chapels actively used for worship. You won't want to miss the garden which is designed as a place for mediation and reflection and has plantings that originated in China.
C F Lott Home in Sank Park
Built in 1856, the Lott Home serves as a cultural repository for decorative art objects, typical of the homes of Oroville's pioneer families. The collection includes antique furnishings, paintings, rugs, textiles, clothes, solver, and glassware of the period 1849-1910. The tour retells a love story, including the surprise built into the fireplace. The garden contains a profusion of flowers and hybrid rose area. Don't miss the carriage house where Jess & Cornelia's 1922 Buick is still parked.
Bolt Tool Museum
The Bolt Tool Museum displays tools manufactured during or prior to WWII, including a set of sockets hand forged by a blacksmith. Bud Bolt, a high school shop teacher, started collecting in 1957 as a way to get his students to pay more attention. His idea was to show the students the difference between the unwieldy old tools their grandfathers might have used and the modern ones.
Butte County Pioneer Memorial Museum
The Pioneer Museum is certain to make you catch the 49er spirit. Built in 1932 as a replica of a 49er cabin, it has been enlarged to 6,000 square feet of historic treasures. Antique pianos, the original Oregon City School organ, a grand old clock from Bidwell Bar, period clothing and accessories and antique dolls are just some of the items in the first room. The Indian artifact display contains one of the largest arrowhead and basket collections in the area.
41 Mile Freeman Bicycle Trail
This trail provides 41 miles of scenic off-road recreational riding for all terrain bicycles. Over 30 miles of the trail are flat with some slightly rolling terrain. There are 2 steep grades within a 2-mile distance from Lake Oroville on each side of the dam.
All segments of this exceptional trail have their own elements of beauty woods, meadows, wildflowers, creek crossings, and panoramic views.
Feather River Fish Hatchery & Nature Center
This state-of-the-art hatchery can accommodate 9,000 adult salmon and 2,000 adult steelhead. The incubators can hold 20 million eggs, and 9.6 million fingerlings can be reared in the eight concrete raceways. During their fall run, (heaviest in September-November but extending into February) the fish can be seen through windows built into the wall, jumping the ladder-like steps leading to the gathering tanks, providing and aquarium-like view.
Olive Oil Tasting & Tours
Olive Oil made from Oroville-grown olives is taking Best of Show awards at the Los Angeles County Fair
Butte View Olive Co.
2950 Louis Ave, Oroville, CA
Berkeley Olive Grove
8 Rocky Drive, Oroville, CA
Lodestar Farms Olive Oil
3723 Foothill Blvd, Oroville, CA
Chico State University
Chico State University is one of the few campuses anywhere that has a year-round creek running through its grounds. Enjoy the babbling brook every time you cross one of the seven foot bridges that span Big Chico Creek as it flows from the Sierra Nevada foothills, through Bidwell Park and downtown Chico to the campus, eventually making its way to the Sacramento River.
Chico Bidwell Mansion
While Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park is not technically part of campus, its proximity and history blur the distinction. This beautiful, three-story Victorian brick home in the Italian Villa style, was built by the Bidwells in 1868. John Bidwell, prominent pioneer, farmer, soldier, statesman, politician, and philanthropist, married Annie Elliott Kennedy, who was from a prominent Washington family and active in many social causes, including the suffrage and prohibition movements. The Bidwells often entertained at the mansion. Their guests included Susan B. Anthony, President Rutherford B. Hayes, General William T. Sherman, Frances Willard, Governor Stanford, and John Muir. The mansion was part of the Chico State University campus from 1923 to 1964, serving as a women's residence hall for many years.
The Victorian Rose provides a beautiful venue for weddings, special events, and small gatherings year-round. The gardens are accented with tasteful statues and fountains emanating the peaceful trickle of water. The lush green Creeping Fig graces the granite walls of the fence creating a secret garden atmosphere. The garden centerpiece is a 17 ft. domed Venetian gazebo, decorated with the emerald tones of ferns, topiaries, potted plants and the soft romantic glow of twinkle lights and hanging candelabra.
The gardens of the home are available for weddings and special events April October; the parlor and dining rooms are available for small social events year round. Telephone (916) 412-5319 or click the link for contact information.
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