Located in Butte County, Oroville is situated on the banks of the Feather River. It is the gateway to Lake Oroville and Feather River recreation areas. Oroville has an array of museums, parks and outdoor recreation. Lake Oroville is the second largest lake in California. Many visit Lake Oroville for water skiing, sailing, picnicking, fishing, camping, hiking, biking, boating and horseback riding.
There are four distinct seasons in Oroville. Overall the climate can be described as Mediterranean like. The average July high is around 96 degrees and the January low is around 37 degrees. On average Oroville has 243 sunny days per year.
Two of Northern California's premier casinos are located in Oroville. They boast 24 hour gaming and dining, fantastic entertainment and hotels.
Whether it’s for business or pleasure, Gold Country Casino & Hotel has it all. Their award winning Hotel assures you of a comfortable night’s sleep and full-service Banquet, Conference and Reception facility is the answer to those looking for a Meeting or Reception site. Professional Events Staff is ready and eager to help with all your needs.
The Oroville Dam, Oroville's most famous site, is one of the 20 largest dams in the world, the largest earth filled dam in the world, as well as the tallest dam in the U.S. The dam impounds Lake Oroville which is the second largest reservoir in California. This is one of the most important parts of the California State Water Projects. The System moves water from water-rich Northern California to water-poor Southern California. Lake Oroville State Recreation Area offers hiking, biking, hunting, boating and fishing.
Mother Orange Tree
Mother Orange Tree of Butte County - Judge Joseph Lewis planted this Mediterranean Sweet Orange seedling near the toll bridge at Bidwell’s Bar, Butte County, in 1856. It has survived hard times and is the oldest living orange tree in California. “From its example and largely from its offspring, a new industry was started in a new section hundreds of miles north of a known citrus region. It was a true Pioneer.” – Dr. H. J. Webber, Director, Citrus Experiment Station, Riverside, 1927. The Mother Orange was moved from Bidwell Bar during the construction of Oroville Dam in 1964 to protect it from inundation.
Location: 400 Glen Drive, Oroville
Location: 400 Glen Drive, Oroville
Feather River Fish Hatchery
The Feather River Fish Hatchery is divided into 2 sections. The fish barrier dam, observation platform and underwater viewing are located on the east side of Table Mountain Boulevard. The underwater viewing windows are best for viewing fish from mid-September through June. The spawning room, hatchery and rearing ponds are located on the west side of Table Mountain Boulevard. Salmon spawning operations can be observed Monday through Friday beginning mid-September until mid-November. Steelhead spawning can be observed mid-December through mid-February. Fish are present in the rearing ponds all year. The annual Oroville Salmon Festival is held on the 4th Saturday of September at the Feather River Fish Hatchery and downtown Oroville.
Outdoor enthusiasts are attracted year round to the Plumas National Forest's many streams and lakes, beautiful deep canyons, rich mountain valleys, meadows, and lofty peaks.
The Middle Fork of the Feather River was one of the first nationally-designated Wild and Scenic Rivers. Any part of the river in this canyon may be rugged and difficult to access. In the wild zone, precipitous cliffs, waterfalls, and huge boulders discourage most people trying to float or hike. While the scenic zones are less rugged, they still require great preparation and caution.
The Feather River Scenic Byway is a treasure awaiting discovery. This 130-mile route features incomparable natural beauty and diversity in terrain, landscape, and wildlife habitat. The canyon is an awesome gorge carved by the river through granite, into conifer trees, and high mountain meadows.
Feather Falls National Recreation Trail and Campground is a wonderful destination for camping, hiking, and enjoying the beauty of the Falls.
Part of the southern cut of Thermalito afterbay, off the Oroville wildlife area.
The Thermalito Afterbay is a significantly larger reservoir than that of the Forebay, and sits just 2 miles (3.2 km) south-west of the tail end of the Forebay, with only a 9,100-foot-long (2,800 m) canal connecting them. The Afterbay provides storage for the water required by the pumpback operation to Lake Oroville, helps regulate the power system, produces controlled flow in the Feather River downstream from the Oroville-Thermalito facilities, and provides recreation to the area. It also serves as a warming basin for agricultural water delivery to the numerous rice and grain fields just west of the Afterbay. The Afterbay has a maximum operating storage of 57,040 acre feet (70,360,000 m3), a water surface area of 4,300 acres (17 km2) at max. storage, and a shoreline of 26 miles (at max. operating storage). Thermalito Afterbay Dam, at 42,000 feet (13,000 m) long, is the longest crest in the California State Water Project system. Construction on the Afterbay began in 1965 and was completed in 1968.
Oroville State Wildlife Area
The approximately 11,800-acre Oroville Wildlife Area is primarily riparian woodland habitat along the Feather River and grasslands around the Thermalito Afterbay. Warm water fish species (largemouth bass, bluegill, green sunfish, channel catfish, and black crappie) can be found in the numerous dredger ponds and the Thermalito Afterbay. Salmon, steelhead, shad, and striped bass can be found in the Feather River.
Wildlife species seen in the area include coyote, badger, fox, bobcat, porcupine, osprey, nwhite-tailed kite, egrets, woodpeckers, and warblers. There are good populations of coyotes, deer, dove, quail, and waterfowl, and fair populations of squirrel and rabbit.
For more information, call the area at (530) 538-2236 or the North Central Region Rancho Cordova office at (916) 358-2900.
Places of Worship
- First Assembly of God - 3210 Oro Dam Blvd.
- Calvary Baptist Church - 2377 Foothill Blvd.
- Calvary Lutheran Church - 10 Concordia Lane
- Church of Christ - 625 Bird Street
- Church of the Nazarene - 2238 Monte Vista Avenue
- First Baptist Church - 2661 Yard Street
- First United Methodist Church - 45 Acacia
- Foothill Church of Christ - 2295 Foothill Blvd.
- Grace Baptist Church - 3646 Oro Dam Blvd. East
- New Life Christian Church - 965 Grand Avenue
- Oroville Christian Church - 1154 Plumas Avenue #486
- St. Paul's Episcopal Church - 1430 Pine Street
- St. Thomas the Apostle Paris - 1330 Bird Street
- Thermalito Baptist Church - 1443 10th Street
- Trinity Presbyterian Church - 2350 Foothill Blvd.
- First United Pentecostal Church - 1619 10th Street
- Oroville Hmong Alliance Church - 3115 Myers Street
- Seventh Day Adventist Church - 1180 Robinson Street
- Open Door Chuurch - 2555 Baldwin Avenue
- Oroville Baptist Church - 2715 Florence Avenue
- Oroville Family Church - 1715 Bird Street