Oroville Travel Guide

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Oroville Things to Do

  • C.F. Lott Home

    Known to most locals as simply, the "Lott Home", this beautiful 19th century Victorian house, sits in the city's beautiful Sank Park. The Lott family traces its roots back to 17th century Holland.The house was built in 1856 by local judge, Charles Fayette Lott, a gold-rush pioneer who later become state senator, and started the state's first Citrus...

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  • Other Lakes

    Most people know about Lake Oroville, but we have some other lakes here too, which are equally as spectacular, and also worth a visit.Thermalito Diversion Pool- This one is my favorite. Although it's technically a lake, it feels more like a small river. This is my favorite place in Oroville to go kayaking. The water is very calm, there are no motor...

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  • The Lake Of Course

    It's no surprise that the majority of visitors who come to Oroville, come for the lake.This artificial reservoir was created in 1969, when a section of the Feather River was dammed. It is the second largest man made lake in California, after Lake Shasta. Most of the lake's water goes to the Sacramento and Central Valley, and to Los Angeles County,...

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  • Bidwell Bar

    Bidwell Bar may not be one of the most spectacular sites in Oroville, but it's still an interesting one, and an important one. Bidwell Bar is named after a small gold mining town, that was founded in 1848 by John Bidwell, when gold was discovered in the area. The entire town sank in 1968, when the Oroville Dam was constructed, and the entire area...

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  • Oroville Dam

    At 770 ft. high, Oroville Dam is the highest dam in the U.S. In fact, Oroville Dam is taller than the Gateway Arch. Not only is it the country's highest dam, but it's also the country's largest earthfill dam. The dam was built between 1961 and 1968, to create an artificial lake, so water could be pumped to the rice fields of the Sacramento and...

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  • Chinese Temple

    This is my favorite museum in Oroville. It's also one of the city's most famous attractions, and is an absolute MUST, on any visit to the city. The temple looks small from the outside, but once you get inside, it is quite large.In the 1850s and 60s, during the California Gold Rush, around 10,000 Chinese immigrants came to Oroville, to work on the...

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  • Pioneer Museum

    This is the largest museum in Oroville, both in terms of area, and number of artifacts, and it is by far the city's most interesting.I only visited this museum once before, when I was really little, and it bored me, so I didn't remember a single thing about it, accept the picture that fell off the wall. This was my first visit in 12 years....

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  • Ehmann Home

    Located across the street from the post office, the historic Ehmann Home was built in 1911 by German immigrant, Edwin Ehmann, in the Craftsman Bungalow style. His wife, Freda Ehmann, is known locally as, "The Olive Lady", because she came here in the early 1898, to expand her olive business, as the 20 acres she had in Oakland, was too small. She...

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  • Broken Color Art Gallery

    This was a nice little find. This gallery has been around for quite a while. I'm not really into art, so I've walked by this gallery dozens of times, and never went inside, but I was waiting for the museums to open, and had nothing to do, so I decided to have a look.The gallery is owned by local artist, Jon Shult, who teaches art at local schools....

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  • Bolt's Tool Museum

    Apparently, this is the world's largest documented collection of hand tools. The museum is relatively new. It only opened a few years ago, but the owner, Carl “Bud” Bolt, has been collecting tools since 1957. It all began when he needed some old tools, to compare to his modern tools, which he believed to be more superior. He's been collecting...

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  • Lake Oroville Visitor Center

    If you're interested in learning, about the area's history, and wildlife, you can pay a visit to the Lake Oroville Visitor Center.They have a variety of exhibits, showcasing the area's history, and wildlife. Everything from, the local Indian tribes, to the Gold Rush, and the construction of the Oroville Dam. There is a train, where you can sit, and...

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  • Feather River Nature Center (Bath House...

    Located in the old Bath House, the Feather River Nature Center, is probably, the most interesting museum, in Oroville. It is basically a natural history museum, history museum, geology museum, and archaeology museum, all in one. A lot of the rocks, and animal specimens are from other areas, and other countries, like Australia, and are all part of...

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Oroville Restaurants

  • Large Portions, Cheap Prices

    This is the best Asian restaurant in town. It's supposed to be Japanese, but they serve a lot of Chinese food there, as well.I eat here often. This is the only restaurant in town, that's actually affordable. For about $5, you can get a large meal, that will fill you up.I always get the number 7, which is teriyaki chicken, with 2 egg rolls, and chow...

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  • A Restaraunt, With A View

    In terms of food quality, this is one of the best restaurants in town. I would definitely rank it in the top 3. The king of Jordan even ate here in July 2010, during his motorcycle tour of America.Having lived in Kelly Ridge for over 9 years, I have witnessed this restaurant have it's ups and downs. The owner changed many times, and when the owner...

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  • Something isn't right here...

    We had been told that the food at Tong Fong Low's was great and the portions large. Food was tasteless, could not rate it average even by any scale I know. Now, I've had Kung Pao Chicken before, many times and in many countries, including China. This did not look and it did not taste like any Kung Pao Chicken I've ever had, period. Patty had Tofu...

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Oroville Nightlife

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    by briantravelman Written Mar 12, 2014

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    Once a year in December, the city of Oroville hosts a night time light parade. There are also concerts during major holidays and in the summer. And of course, there is 4th of July.
    Other than that, there is no nightlife in Oroville. Bar goers aren't social, and clubs, shops, and restaurants close rather early, so the streets are usually deserted, except for the occasional drunk, drug dealer, or bored teenagers looking for trouble.
    That's one of the bad things about Oroville, there is no nightlife. I think it would be nice if the city of Oroville organized some nightlife on weekends, at least during the warm months. This town needs more culture.
    If you want something close to nightlife, your best bet would be Gold Country or Feather Falls Casino. They often host parties and concerts. The Kelly Ridge Country Club, also hosts parties during holidays, and in the summer. Other than that, most night time events are private festivities.

    It is cool to see the shops in downtown lit up at night, especially during Christmas, but that is about it. There is no sense in walking around at night, plus the town gets a bit shady after dark.

    Night Time In Downtown Oroville

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Oroville Transportation

  • You Need A Car

    You need a car in Oroville. Simple as that. The most interesting attractions are all located outside of the city, and require a car to visit, so if you don't have a car, you won't be seeing too much. It doesn't matter if you drive your own car here, stay with someone who has one, or rent one. You need a car to see this beautiful area.Even if you...

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  • Explore On Foot

    Downtown Oroville isn't very big, so although it can get a bit tiring, the most logical way to explore the city, is to park your car somewhere in Downtown, or take a cab, than walk everywhere. We usually park at the Municipal Auditorium, or Bedrock Park, than walk from there. Parking in Oroville is free.Me and my friends always meet at the...

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  • Bicycle

    Bicycle is by far the funnest way to get around Oroville. We have miles of bike trails, and roads, and you can get pretty much anywhere, if you have the time and the energy. Me and my friends bike quite often. It's much more fun for me than taking a car, because it's healthier, you get to be out in the fresh air, and you see and experience a lot...

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Oroville Local Customs

  • Feather Fiesta Days

    Most of the year, the streets of Oroville, CA are rather quiet and empty, but the town hosts 4 major festivals each year. The largest, and most spectacular, are the Feather Fiesta Days. People come not only from Butte County, but from all over California, and even as far as South Dakota, to sell their goods, and show off their hot rods.I have lived...

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  • How Residents Honor The Dead

    South Table Mountain is the city's most famous landmark. It's kind of hard for it not to be since it stands out. The plateau has a large "O" painted on it for "Oroville", and it greets people entering the city.Sometimes you will notice, that the "O" is not an "O". It is common for some of the paint to wash off during rain, but sometimes you may see...

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  • 4th of July Fireworks

    One of the town's most famous attractions, is its 4th of July fireworks display. Every 4th of July thousands of locals and tourists flock to Oroville Dam, and Kelly Ridge, to witness the fireworks display. The locals used to boast about having one of the most spectacular fireworks displays, in the state, but in recent years, it hasn't been anything...

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Oroville Warnings and Dangers

  • Drug Use In Sank Park

    Oh man! This used to be such a pleasant place. We would come here every once in a while to relax, enjoy the beautiful flowers, Lott Home, English Garden, and occasional wedding or concert. Unfortunately, it has changed for the worse, like a lot of the town.I came here on a Saturday, to see if the Lott Home was open. It wasn't, so I decided to walk...

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  • DON'T Use Wimberley Taxi

    If you need a taxi in Oroville, DON'T use Wimberley. The drivers drink on the job, and drive like crazy! We once took a Wimberley taxi from church, and the driver was drunk on the job. He was speeding like crazy, and ran every single stop sign and light. We thought he was gonna kill us! That was around 10 years ago, and not much has changed, as...

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  • South Table Mountain

    It's sort of an Oroville custom, that every resident much hike to the O at least once, only problem is, this O is on private property, and the owners defend it with guns, and rightfully so. Private property is private property. My friend's sister hiked to the O with some friends, and the owner shot them with beam bags. Another time, one of my...

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Oroville Tourist Traps

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    by briantravelman Updated May 11, 2014

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    The Salmon Festival is the city's most famous, and second biggest festival. It's held during the last weekend of September, and people from as far as neighboring states, flock to Oroville, to see the festival. There are people who attend this festival year, after year, but there is a reason I only attended once, the festival is a bit of a tourist trap.
    There is not much to do there. The only thing that's worth seeing, is the Indian dances, and even THAT was a bad experience.
    Most of the show consisted of this Maidu guy talking crap about Columbus, how the white people oppressed them, and this other guy telling people they can't take pictures or video. I understand, where he was coming from, but he could've explained it, more in a historical context, it sounded more like a hate speech, against white people, than a history lesson.
    It wasn't as annoying though, as being told, you can't take pictures or video. That was the nail in the coffin for me. First I was told I can't record the show, than people were told they're not even allowed to take pictures. But the crowd started whining and complaining, so they allowed pictures. If that wasn't bad enough, I had complete strangers telling me, not to take pictures, even after they allowed it. And like I was the only one, who was doing it. Really annoying. Like it's any of their business. I also think it’s funny that we have to ask permission to video tape them, but there was an Indian who had his video camera pointed at the crowd, and never asked US, if we were okay being filmed. I wasn’t the only one who was mad about this. I heard a lot of people complaining about the no video or photo thing.
    No, never again. I can’t deal with this. This isn’t for me.
    All I wanted to do was make a video so people can see their amazing culture, but if they don’t want people to know about their culture, that is okay with me. I decided not to use the footage I had shot.
    It was just the Maidu, that had a problem, for some reason, the Pomo performers were much friendlier, and didn't care. And no hate speeches.
    Plus, the whole atmosphere of the show was ruined by cars, vendor tents, and loud speakers in the background. It would be nicer, if they danced in a natural setting.
    Salmon was free, but the rest of the food was overpriced.

    I have been to other festivals in Oroville, as well as festivals in Canada, Poland, and Aruba, and have never been treated, the way I was here, or seen such rude hosts. I didn't feel very welcome, and neither did the other spectators. This festival was a disappointment. I went there to see Native American culture, and instead I had to listen to how evil my people are, and be bossed around by complete strangers. No, this festival is not for me.

    Unique Suggestions: Go to the Indian Pow Wow. It's the only thing worth seeing. You can just take some video with a photo camera, or a smart phone, so it will look like you're just taking pictures. Don't bother bringing a video camera, you will be harassed.
    If you want to document the ceremony, without being harassed, climb to the top of the hill, above the ceremony, and take all your photos and videos from there.
    I would advice keeping any video you shoot to yourself, and not publishing them. The ceremony is amazing, but if they don't want it shown, they don't want it shown.

    Fun Alternatives: Go to the Feather Fiesta Days, in May, instead. It is a much larger, and more beautiful festival. They have more events, and you can take all the pictures, and video you want, without being harassed.

    Another alternative, skip the Maidu performance, and just watch the Pomo dancers. They don't care about being filmed or photographed, and will not give a speech about how evil white people are.

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Oroville Off The Beaten Path

  • Bald Rock

    Located about 12 miles north of Lake Oroville, near Berry Creek, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, is the giant granite batholith of Bald Rock. Known to locals for its bizarre rock formations, the rock is a popular climbing and camping spot, for local college students, but you can also see hikers of all ages. The rock gets its name,...

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  • Bald Rock Dome

    About 2 miles from Bald Rock, is Bald Rock Dome, another large granite batholith, that's worth visiting. Locals call this rock, the "Half Dome of Butte County", as it bears a similar resemblance to Yosemite's Half Dome. There is a trail that leads through the woods, than along a canyon. The narrow trail than runs along the face of the rock, and is...

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  • Hike To Feather Falls

    Located on the Middle Fork of Lake Oroville, about 20 miles northeast of town, the spectacular Feather Falls, is one of the area's most popular and beautiful attractions. Originally believed to be more than 600 feet high, and the sixth highest waterfall in the U.S., new measurements taken of the waterfall, confirmed that it is actually only 410...

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Oroville Favorites

  • by lisajanell Updated Mar 21, 2007

    Favorite thing: The closest hotel to the Lake is Gold Country Casino's Hotel. They have a good buffet and ask for a room with the large tubs!! They are great. The Steakhouse has the best food of all! For historical info try the downtown area and the Chinese museum or the area that Ishi was found-He was the last wild Indian.

    Fondest memory: Table Mountain is beautiful!

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