Oroville Travel Guide

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Oroville Things to Do

  • 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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  • Brad B. Freeman Bike Trail

    If you love cycling, like I do, the Brad B. Freeman bike trail, is a must. The entire trail is a 40 mile long loop. It starts at the dam, circles the After Bay, than runs through the wildlife area to downtown, along the Diversion Pool, and ends back at the dam. The trail is divided into two parts, and you can either take a short cut at the...

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  • Kayak The Feather River

    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...

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  • Feather River Fish Hatchery

    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...

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  • Step Back In Time, Visit Historic...

    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...

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  • Mega-Holiday CONCERT Dec.23rd! Free

    Dec. 13th - This Saturday - 8pm - Festivus II@ Cafe Coda - Chico - 265 Humboldt AveDr. 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...

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  • Oroville Dam and Lake

    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.

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  • Oroville Chinese Temple

    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.

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Oroville Hotels

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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

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    by briantravelman Updated Jan 21, 2014

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    If you don't mind riding with a bunch of weird people, and drug users the B-line is the cheapest way to travel around Butte County. It only costs a $1.40 within the city, and $1.80 if you're traveling to another city. They have special discounts as well. You can also buy a transfer ticket and day or monthly pass, but I only use it in Oroville, so I don't know how any of that suff works. Honestly, I think it would just be easier to pay the fee at each location.
    The bus is kind of small, a bit dirty, and the seats aren't every comfortable, but this isn't Europe, so I don't expect luxory. It can also get a bit crowded on Fridays and on weekends, so be prepared to stand. The buses also have bike racks, and there is a long yellow bar next to all the windows, which you can press to request a stop anywhere along the route. Buses usually have a string to request stops, not a bar, so it took me a while to find it. I couldn't figure out how people were doing it, until I saw someone press it.
    The schedule isn't very good though. Some places, the buses only go twice or 3 times a day, so you may have to wait a few hours to get to where you want to go. Also the weekend stops are different than the weekday stops, so check the schedule or ask the driver to make sure you get to the right place.
    The bus also has some weird rules. You have to have a shirt on to ride it, even when it's 100 degrees outside, no unneccessary conversation with the driver, no swearing (though people do all the time), you have to give up a front seat to an old person, even if there are other seats open, no music, no weapons (like anyone will know). These rules are rarely enforced though, except for the no shirt one.
    I'm not gonna lie, the bus is mainly used by lower class citizens who can't afford cars, or handy cap people, or senior citizens who can no longer drive. Even the drivers are weird. Don't let this deter you from riding it though. I've seen all sorts of people riding it, and people are usually well behaved, (except for a few impatient passangers), and it's completely safe. If you're looking to save money on transportation, take the bus. It's way cheaper than taking a cab, or renting a car. However, it's not good if you want to visit some of the off the beaten path places, like Table Mountain, or Chereokee.
    They also have special buses designed specifically for disabled people, but an application is neccessary.

    B-Line Bus
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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

  • Don't Lend Your Phone To Strangers On...

    If some random person walks up to you on the street, at a bus stop, wherever, and asks if you have a cell phone they can borrow, just say, "No." There was this guy at my bus stop. I thought he was a student, going to college, but he wasn't. I let him borrow my phone, and he used it to call a drug dealer.Don't lend your cell phone to anyone, you...

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  • Beware Of This Bar

    Next to the Municipal Auditorium on Montgomery St., is a bar/club, called the "196 Fraternal Order of the Eagles". The bar is "members only", but they open it to the public during festivals. It was open for the Feather Fiesta Days. Don't go there, the door man is very rude.First, they hung up a sign that said, "EVERYONE WELCOME", but when some...

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  • Hooligans

    Oroville is a relatively safe city, but it does have its share of hooligans. The very first day we moved here, we were unpacking our car, and my mom almost got her purse snatched. Than the same guy was going around the swimming pool stealing peoples' stuff, and when my mom told him to stop, he threatened to beat her up. In this town, it is best to...

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Oroville Tourist Traps

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    by briantravelman Updated May 11, 2014

    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

  • Hike To Beatson Falls

    There are around 20 different waterfalls on Table Mountain (all seasonal), which usually flow from mid December-mid April, though these last few winters, have been a bit dry, so it varies from year to year. I will just mention the ones, that are the most spectacular, and most popular. There was a time when these waterfalls were known only to a few...

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  • Hike To Phantom Falls

    There are around 20 different waterfalls on Table Mountain (all seasonal), which usually flow from mid December-mid April, though these last few winters, have been a bit dry, so it varies from year to year. I will just mention the ones, that are the most spectacular, and most popular. There was a time when these waterfalls were known only to a few...

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  • Hike To Hollow Falls

    There are around 20 different waterfalls on Table Mountain (all seasonal), which usually flow from mid December-mid April, though these last few winters, have been a bit dry, so it varies from year to year. I will just mention the ones, that are the most spectacular, and most popular. There was a time when these waterfalls were known only to a few...

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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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