Oroville is known as the "Adventure Capital of California", and here, you can have an adventure, inside the city limits. If you're the adventurous type, you can run a kayak down the Feather River. You cannot rent a kayak on the river, accept during the Salmon Festival, when they offer special tours. There is a rental place at the Forebay, but I don't know if they'll let you load it on your car, and take it away, so it's best to bring your own.
I have kayaked the river a few times. We usually launch from under the bridge, below the fish hatchery, and kayak all the way to the bridge on Oro Dam Blvd., before turning back. This is a good place to turn around. If you keep going, the current becomes strong, and you will be pulled all the way to the wildlife area, so unless you have a car that can pick you up, I wouldn't recommend this.
The first time, I had my dad leave the car in Bedrock Park, since that's as far upriver, as you can go.
The second time, we left our car under the bridge, which was a huge mistake. We thought we could paddle against the current, but it was just too strong, We had to get out an drag our kayaks, through the freezing water, and slippery rocks.
So if you're planning to go beyond the Oro Dam Blvd, Bridge, arrange for someone to pick you up.
There is this cool a little ways past Table Mountain Bridge, where you can play around in some rapids.
This is also a good way to view the local wildlife.
Watch out for rapids, shallows, thorn bushes, and salmon. My dad got pulled by the current, straight into some thorn bushes, and I got pulled into a side channel, and had to carry my kayak to the main section of the river.
I would recommend going when the water level is higher, or you will get stuck on rocks and shallows. That happened to me the first time, and it takes all the fun out of going down the rapids.
I would not recommend a rubber kayak for this trip, unless it's strong.
Every August, September and November hundreds of salmon come to the Feather River to spawn. They can be seen at the Feather River Hatchery. The hatchery has a built in aquarium, which allows visitors to view this salmon underwater. They can also be viewed at the hatchery's holding tanks. You can also view them in their natural habitat, as they try to jump the barrier dam on the Feather River.
Fishing in this area is not allowed in this area in order to protect the spawning salmon. Some years, fishing on the Feather River isn't allowed at all because of low salmon population. Check with the Department of Fish and Game for current fishing regulations.
The city of Oroville was founded in the mid-1800s during the California Gold Rush. Infact, Oroville means "City of Gold". Most people who live in Oroville will tell you there is nothing exciting here, but visit the historic downtown and you will soon realise how wrong they are.
Most of the buildings in downtown date back to the California Gold Rush. Most of the historic buildings have been converted to stores and restaurants, but the history still remains. It's almost impossible to take a step through downtown without seeing something historical.
In addition to important historical buildings such as the Chinese Temple, Lott Home, and Ishi Building, you can also see the town's oldest church, and beautiful victorian homes, some more then 100 years old.
You can visit anytime of the year, but the nicest is during the fall, when visitors are treated to an array of Fall colors.
I would deffinately recommend this section of town for someone who likes history. All the main attractions are within walking distance. The best place to park is at the Municipal Auditorium, State Theather, or Cenntenial Plaza. Parking is almost never full, except during festivals.
Dec. 13th - This Saturday - 8pm - Festivus II
@ Cafe Coda - Chico - 265 Humboldt Ave
Dr. Yes playing with a full band (bass,drums,guitar) The Soulgazers.
Free compilation CD of all the bands to first 50 so GET THERE EARLY.
Featuring: The Shimmies (acoustic), Red Giant, Surrogate, Pontiak
Dec. 23rd - 7pm - Hearts of Gold Rock Spectacular! - Food & Toy Drive For the Needy
@ Downtown Oroville - 1359 Huntoon / Miner's Alley (old Grey Nurse building)
Featuring an all local lineup:
Satori (Nick Casper's old band)
Stewart Eastham (from Day of The Outlaw)
The Way West
The Angry Lesbians
Dr. Yes! (and maybe brother Austin on keys)
BRING CANNED FOOD / TOYS FOR ENTRANCE.
This will be at a very cool historic building downtown, soon to be a beautiful brew pub!
Oroville Dam is one of the largest earthen dams in the entire world. It is quite a sight to behold. It stands 770 feet high, with a crest of 6,920 feet.
Lake Oroville, behind it, is a favorite place for boaters.
Built in 1863, this temple once served a Chinese-American community of some 10,000 people. Now, they're gone. The temple, on the National Register of Historic Places, is a memorial to them.