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Adventures 2012

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A Guide to Recreation and Outdoor Adventure
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Explore Gridley

Chinese Temple & Garden


Catching The Updrafts

Gabriel Moraga was the first known visitor to this area in 1808. It wasn’t until 1820, when Captain Luis Arguello explored this area, that the river was named. Noticing an abundance of wild pigeon feathers on the river, Arguello called it “Rio de las Plumas,” the River of Feathers. In 1848, three years after the first permanent white settlement here, John Bidwell discovered gold on The Feather River, and thousands came to seek their fortune. On the presentday site of Oroville, Ophir City became a tent town almost overnight. In 1856 the name was changed to Oroville, Spanish for the “City of Gold.”


Whether your tastes include playing a round of golf with an awe-inspiring view, bicycling or horseback riding through spectacular scenery, kayaking on whitewater, observing or photographing the multitude of birds and wildlife found in the area, houseboating, water-skiing, or sailing at the lake, or fishing from a boat or along a tree-lined river bank, you can do it all in the Greater Oroville Area. Oroville is also the Gateway to the Feather River Canyon National Scenic Byway, offering a wonderful scenic drive. We think you’ll enjoy “Adventures,” and hope you’ll feel, as we do, that there’s gold, in the form of recreation here, to be discovered during any season of the year. Happy exploring! Explore Gridley ........................30-31 Gray Lodge & Sutter Buttes ....32-33 Butte County by Bike ..............34-35 Lost in the Wilderness... ..........36-37 Bird Watching ..........................38-39 Bald Rock Hike ............................. 40 Feather Falls Hike ......................... 41 Sutter Buttes Hikes ...................... 42 Paint Ball Wars ............................. 43 Catch The Updrafts ...................... 44 Dining Guide ............................45-48

P.O. Box 5006, Oroville, CA 95966 530-533-2170 • FAX 530-533-2181 David A. Miller, Publisher. Patti Day-Miller, Editor. Suzanne Legg, Admin. Manager. Advertising: Lisa Beebe, Lanny Dragon, Shary Shifflet Production: Mary Younie, Elisabeth Pedroza Cover Design by Mary Younie Main Cover Photo by Bruce Johnson
Adventures is published by Great Ad-Ventures Publishing, Inc. Copyright 2012. All rights reserved. The contents of this magazine may not be reproduced without the consent of the publisher.

Enjoy Lake Oroville ......................... 2 Fun On The Forebay ....................... 5 Map: Lake Oroville Rec. Area ......6-7 Insiders on Oroville ......................8-9 Feather River Canyon Drive.....10-12 Wine Tour ................................13-16 Riverbend Park ............................. 17 Horseback the Dan Beebe Trail ..18-19 Historic Home & Sank Park .....20-21 Chinese Temple & Garden .......22-23 Historic State Theater .................. 26 Bolt Tool Museum......................... 26 Ehmann Home .............................. 27 Pioneer Memorial Museum .......... 27 River Walk, Hatchery & Nature Ctr. .... 28 Lake Oroville Visitor’s Center ...... 29

Contributing Writers:
Jerry McGuire, David Miller, Pat Miller, Andy Parsons & Chris Robbins

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ith 167 miles of magnificent forested shoreline, Lake Oroville beckons with its wide offering of water recreation. Houseboats are a great way way to enjoy the majestic beauty of the lake. You can get away with your family and friends to this uncrowded spot and spend quality time having fun in the sun skiing, wakeboarding, fishing, zipping around the lake on a wave runner, or just kicked back enjoying the scenery. Lake Oroville is home to two marinas and several floating campsites. Both marinas rent houseboats as well as other water craft. Houseboats are an ideal way to explore the lake, find that special cove and spend a night, a week or a summer. From your houseboat you can enjoy a quiet morning, swim surrounded by bright blue skies and green hillsides, swim, ski and fish all day then make a wish upon a starshooting through a night sky filled with sparkling jewels.


idwell Canyon Marina offers 4 sizes of houseboats to rent - all fully equipped to insure an enjoyable stay. Bidwell Canyon Marina also offers the finest marina facilities available on fresh water. Covered Slips, Open Slips, and Buoy Moorings are available for boats of all sizes. Shuttle ser vice to boats is free for all marina customers. Secure Dr y Storage is also available for boats and equipment. Gas, ice, beer, wine, bait & tackle, supplies, and accessories are also available. Marina security patrols all areas. A variety of fully equipped houseboats are available to rent ranging in size from a ten to a sixteen sleeper.


ake Oroville Marina offers a wide selection of luxur y houseboat rentals to match whatever experience your group is looking for. Small groups will love the 50’ Forever 8, and larger groups will feel right at home in the spacious 59’ Deluxe XT. Both marinas also rent smaller craft such as patio boats, fishing boats, runabouts and wave runners.


ocated on the Feather River in the scenic chaparraloak-pine belt of the northern Mother Lode country, Lake Oroville State Recreation area offers a wide variety of outdoor activities including houseboating, fishing, waterskiing, swimming, camping and hiking.


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BOATING TIPS: Floating logs and other driftwood can be hazardous to boaters at any time of year, but particularly in winter and spring when rains carry debris into the water. A 5-mile per hour speed limit is in effect within 100 feet of a swimmer, 200 feet of any shore, boat launching facility, and within the vegetation retention areas. The upper reaches of the tributaries are too narrow for safe water skiing and have been designated for 5-mile-per-hour speed limits. Night boating is permissible provided your boat is equipped with the proper running lights and speed does not exceed five miles per hour. Please demonstrate the same concern for safety and courtesy that you would expect from others. The dumping of waste or refuse in any of the area’s waters is prohibited at all times. Lake Oroville fluctuates daily throughout the year. This constant change of the surface level constantly changes the location of shoals near shore. Boaters are cautioned to be alert to these hazards. All boaters should be familiar with the ABC’s of California Boating Law. Copies are located at park entrance stations. OVERNIGHT BOATING: Overnight boating is offered at Lake Oroville, but in order to prevent the lake from becoming contaminated, boats must have self-contained sanitary facilities and all waste and water outlets must be sealed. State Park Rangers may inspect your boat. Camping on shore is only permited in designated Boat-in Campsites, however, visitors are welcome to go ashore to explore. Mooring areas are identified with buoys. SWIMMING: Loafer Creek and the North and South Forebays are the only designated swimming areas at the Lake Oroville Recreation Area. Lifeguard service is limited. TRAILS: A 44-mile riding and hiking trail meanders on the scenic Lower Feather River Canyon from Loafer Creek to the overlook above the Thermalito Diversion Dam.Park staff can suggest equally interesting hiking opportunities. FIRES AND FUEL: The lush grasses and heavy bush that grow in the foothills surrounding Lake Oroville dry up in the summer and create a condition of extreme fire hazard. For this reason, no open fires are permitted anywhere in the recre-

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ation area. Please smoke in designated areas. Down wood is a normal part of the ecology, and its collection and use are prohibited. Driftwood is not part of the area’s natural ecology, it may be collected. You are advised to bring your own fuel or firewood; fuel can be purchased at the park entrance. The grilladier-type stoves are excellent for charcoal briquets. Coleman-type stoves may be used in designated camping or day use areas. FISHING: With opportunities for both cold and warm water fishing, bring your fishing gear and be assured to have a great experience on what is recognized as one of the best bass fisheries in the western United States. Spend your day looking for spotted bass, chinook salmon, catfish and rainbow trout, then bring it back to your houseboat for a wonderful “fresh” dinner. There’s a 5 fish bag limit on bass (less than 12 inches or more than 15 inches). But largemouth and smallmouth bass aren’t the only type of fish you’ll find in the lake. Chinook, catfish, mackinaw, sturgeon, and brown trout can all be found in great quantities and great qualities. Nineteen pound Mackinaw have been reeled in as well as 3 pound white crappie, and now the sturgeon (1/bag limit) that were “planted” in 1984 are expected to be the legal size of 48 to 72 inches. Lake Oroville is open to fishing 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You want fish? We’ve got fish. The BEST fishing in the state! A former Fishing Clinic instructor at Lake Oroville, offers the following tips for fishing with artificial hard baits on Lake Oroville:

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Recognize the survival instincts that control the bass’ action (avoidance of stress, proximity of food source, and safety).

Check temperature and water level recent up/ down, watch the barometer up/down or stable. Stable for 24 hours or rising are best conditions. Be versatile. Frequent small adjustments such as tuning, color, position, and speed will make the day.

Sharpen all hooks and check your gear. Don’t use swivels. Retie after two or three rock hits and check sharpness of hooks often. Don’t ever just cast bait. Pick a target such as a rock, tree, bank, etc. Speed and action is critical. The colder it is, the slower the retrieve. Increase speed with temperature up to 76 degrees. Then revert to winter cold retrieve. Slow and then slow to half that fast. I always try to hit the bait on a tree, stump, rock wall or anything else in shallow water and make the bait touch bottom.”

Recognize time of year, condition and position of the natural baits. For example, shad spawn in March and April in shallows and die off in November; pond smelt spawn in December and January and die off very heavy every 7 years; crawfish, small green and red/orange from February to October, 1.5-3 inches in size; newts are brown and orange, major spawn every 7 years.


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Fun on the Forebay


ooking for something new and different for your child to do this summer? There are a variety of boating activities for all ages at the Forebay Aquatic Center. Courses and private lessons are offered in sit-on-top kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards, and rowing shells. There is also a large fleet of boats for rent. These include canoes, double and single sit-on-top kayaks, single sea kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, petal boats, hydro bikes, single rowing shells, and windsurfers. In order to rent the sea kayaks, rowing shells, or windsurfers, you must have passed or challenged one of the introduction courses. Through out the summer evening classes (Tues/Thursday - 6-7:30) will be offered in sit-on-top kayaks and standup paddleboards. Other evening activites will include Moon Light paddles where you can watch the sun fade into the horizon and the moon brighten the evening sky. These paddles will be accompanied by a State Park interpreter who will share with you the natural “secrets” of the the North Forebay. Feather River Rowing club will continue to offer rowing lessons in single and crew rowing shells and will conduct five day rowing camps for high

schoolers. The rowing club sponsors the university Rowing Club and has several local high school graduates rowing for Universities through the Nation. This sport is not only fun and relaxing, but is an excellent total body work out AND attracts rowers of all ages - from eight to eighty (and up). Several summer camps will also be conductedby the Recreation Districts throughout the county. Check with you local recreation district for a camp schedule. These camps will include a variety of activities, including water safety, paddling sports, nature walks and other outdoors skills. The YMCA in Oroville will also be conducting some summer programs at the Forebay. In 2004 the Aquatic Center came alive with a mission to promote safe boating activities for Chico State students and the surrounding community members. With the cooperation of Water Resources, State Parks and Boating and Waterways the Aquatic Center has developed into a well rounded boating facility. Just off Highway 70, on the Oroville Garden Drive

Exit you will find the Forebay Aquatic Center. The 7500 square foot boating facility is located within the Thermalito North Forebay State Park. This hidden gem of is run by the Feather River Rowing Club. The Aquatic Center is a hub of water recreation for Butte County offering a little something for everyone interested in water sports. More information is available on the course/camp schedule, by calling (530) 538-4332 or visit the website at www.featherriverrowingclub. com. Rental and office hours are Friday and Saturday 10:00am to 6:00pm, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Closed Mondays.

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Lake OrOviLLe State recreatiOn area in Butte County offers

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as wide a variety of outdoor activities as can be found anywhere in California. With recreation facilities operated by the State Dept. of Parks and Recreation, this key unit of the State Water Project offers camping, picnicking, horseback riding, hiking, sail and power boating, water-skiing, fishing, swimming, boat-in camping, floating campsites and overnight boat camping. The area is located on the Feather River in the Chaparral-Oak-Pine belt of the northern Mother Lode area. Lake Oroville was created by Oroville Dam, which the State Department of Water Resources completed in 1967 after five years of construction. Lake Oroville conserves water for distribution by the State Water Project to homes, farms, and industries in the San Francisco Bay area, the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California. The Oroville facilities of the Project also serve to provide flood control and smog-free generation of electric power in addition to the recreation. When full to the 900 ft. elevation mark, the lake offers 15,500 surface acres for recreation and 167 miles of shoreline. Recreation areas are spotted around the lake, and boats can land at any point to explore the surrounding country. State property extends a minimum of 300 feet, and in some places as much as a mile, from the high water line. An annual control program keeps down the poison oak in developed areas, but visitors should be on the lookout for it. You are cautioned not to hike in slide areas. When planning an excursion to Lake Oroville, your best bet is to select the area to visit that offers the most in the kind of facilities you are looking for. The three hundred acre Thermalito Forebay North has a new 15-space, enroute (1 night) camping area. It has planted turf and is regularly watered and mowed. Shade trees from many parts of the world dot the area, including European Sycamore, Olive, Pome, Valley Oak, and Zelkova. Ramadas (shade structures) protect picnic sites. Each site contains a stove and one or two picnic tables. Three large group areas are available by reservation through park headquarters. Potable water is provided by faucet and drinking fountain. The two hundred yard sandy swimming beach has men’s and women’s dressing rooms and toilets. The turf and beach areas of the North Forebay is closed to dogs; they are permitted at the Boat Launch grass area. There is no life guard service here. Paved parking is available at the picnic area and at the two lane boat launch ramp. The North Forebay is reserved exclusively for sailboats, canoes, and other non-power driven boats. Picnic tables are located near the launch ramp, and a new 1,200 square foot aquatic center is available for sailing clubs. North Forebay has a handicap accessible fishing pier. N. & S. Forebay have frequent trout plants.

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ddle area is operated by a concessionaire. Here visitors will parking area, a five lane boat launching ramp, picnic facilities, lets. The marina offers boat docking, gas and oil, fishing and plies, boat rentals and snacks. Near the marina is Lime Saddle d with 50 developed campsites, including hookups.


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Several boat-in camps are located around the lake. These campgrounds are identified by signs located at the beach area. These campgrounds can be reached only by boat and camping is allowed only in the designated campsites. Directions to the camp of your choice can be obtained at the park entrance station or launch area. Each camp contains several individual campsites. The camps have cleared and leveled spots for pitching tents, pit toilets, garbage cans, a table and a stove at each site. No water is piped to these areas, so bring chemicals to purify the lake water. There are two ways to reach the two most southerly boat-in camps. Craig Saddle, east of the spillway, is located behind an island-like land mass and can be approached from either the Middle or South Fork. Craig Saddle is the only boat-in camp with usable water. Foreman Point can be reached from the southeast from the lake itself or from the North Fork. Facilities at Bidwell Canyon include a shoreside marina, complete with fuel dock, boat rental, covered slips, open mooring, boat storage, and pumping station for boat holding tanks. For campers there are trailer facilities complete with hookups, a boat repair shop and seven lane launching ramp.

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A camping area with 137 developed family sites is located at Loafer Creek. Each site contains a parking space, table and stove. Piped drinking water and combination building with modern restrooms, hot showers and laundry tubs are nearby. There are no trailer hookups (these are available at Bidwell Canyon), however, trailers can use the sites. Trailer campers are asked to collect their waste water in a container and dispose of it in the waste water drains located at various points throughout the campground. A holding dumping station is available for self-contained trailers. The area has 100 individual picnic sites and a sandy swimming beach is located where Loafer Creek empties into the lake. A large paved parking area and a boat launching ramp are also found here. A new Horse Camp has recently opened. Please see page 26 for detailed description. On weekends in the Spring and Fall, horseback riding is available via Bidwell Park Stables or by calling 385-1680. Campsites in the Lake Oroville State Recreation Area, including ten, two-tiered floating campsites, are subject to reservation. Reservations can be made through the Statewide Reservation System. For information about the reservation system contact the State Park nearest you or call 800-444-PARK (7275). All unreserved sites are available on a first come first serve basis. The phone number for Park Headquarters is (530) 538-2200.

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Insiders On Oroville
ates so much depending on the fall drawdown, specific areas for big fish are harder to identify.” Once the waters clear, he starts looking for largemouth bass, but he’ll also see big spots. Keep in mind that spotted bass will spawn as deep as 25 feet. “Another thing to remember is that in general, the bigger fish spawn earlier than smaller ones,” Lockhart said. “And once they’re done spawning, they’ll pull out to the farthest point or tree and suspend.” As to where to start your springtime pursuits, Lockhart doesn’t spend a lot of time in creek arms — the very places where many of us would begin our searches. “In the early pre-spawn, you’ll find good fish at the back ends of the creeks,” he said. “Most of the time, though, I concentrate on coves like Potters or Bidwell.” Probably 90 percent of tournament fish are released at Bidwell or the dam, Lockhart said. He also fishes around Loafers and Goose Island. The affable pro, “Big” Jim Davis from Plumas Lake, is a vocal fan of Oroville and its hard-biting bass. “I like patterning fish, and Oroville is famous for being where you can pattern the size of fish you’ll catch.” He notes that anglers can catch bass in the creek arms at almost any time of year, but he spends more time on the main body and The Narrows. “I catch better quality by doing that,” he said. Davis also offers an important clue for locating springtime bass: “On Oroville, you’ll often find the bigger fish in the cuts with trees. During the early part of the year, I look for brush. And if you can find a point with brush, that’s even better.” WHAT TO THROW? For connecting with Oroville’s quality bass, Lockhart’s favorite early-season patterns include: • Soft Stickbaits. “I like the 5-inch Yamamoto Senko in a natural shad pattern or sometimes, in the brightest chartreuse color you can fi nd. “That bright chartreuse works particularly well for

by Andy Parsons ver time, bass waters develop personalities and the reputations to go with them. The San Diego lakes are renowned for their monster bass; the Delta for its legendary frog bite.

Clear Lake is famous for more 4-pound bass per acre than almost anywhere else. Lake Oroville, on the other hand, is still something of a wild card. It’s known for numbers. But every now and then, someone brings in a potbellied spotted bass or an outsized largemouth, leaving the other anglers on the dock scratching their heads and wondering what they’re missing. On Oroville, if you stick to basics, your efforts will be rewarded with plenty of bites and lots of fun. As a result, Oroville is a terrific place to take casual anglers to get them thoroughly exposed to the bassfishing virus. For an insider’s view of where to go and what to throw to connect with this lake’s feisty spotted bass — and the occasional lunker largemouth — California Game & Fish spoke with two of Oroville’s most respected anglers. • Glen Lockhart, of nearby Biggs, has been fishing the lake for more than 19 years and has won three boats in the bass tournaments held there. • “Big” Jim Davis has been plying Oroville’s waters since the late ’90s, and on it has enjoyed finishes in numerous top tournaments. He likes bringing friends to the reservoir for “fun fishing,” since it remains so consistently productive the year around. WHERE TO GO? Lockhart is known for his prowess at fishing a 1/4-ounce jig in deep water on light line — something many anglers are leery of even attempting. This approach is partly an outgrowth of his commitment to stealth when pursuing larger bass. But in the spring months, Lockhart enjoys success by fishing shallow water with common presentations. “The pre-spawn bite at Oroville begins after the lake temperature bottoms out,” he said. “Because its level fluctu-


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post-spawners suspended in the trees.” • Wake Baits. Lures like Jackall’s Mikey are great for locating fish. Lockhart throws them in sunfish or rainbow-trout patterns. The slower the retrieve, the better. You want it to look like a wounded fish swimming slowly along. • Swimbaits. “The Basstrix in blueback herring or trout is a great lure on Oroville. I’ve caught spotted bass up to 4 pounds on it.” • Topwaters. “I throw the Reaction Innovations Vixen year ’round on Oroville, usually in a translucent rainbow pattern. In winter, though, you typically need a few days of stable temperatures for it to really start to produce. I walk it slowly, stop it and let it sit, sometimes for a count of 20. Also, I replace both trebles — the rear treble to one dressed with a Mylar tail feather, and the front treble to a red one.” Early in the season, he sees many anglers who are fishing too fast. “Bass are like cats,” said Lockhart. “Often, they’ll take a minute or two before they pounce on something. I make a cast, let my bait hit bottom, count to 10 and then start moving it.” For the spring months, Davis has his own list of top Oroville choices: • Darter Head Worms. “Plastic worms rigged on darter heads work anytime of year on Oroville. I like them in natural earth tones like oxblood and Aaron’s magic.” Davis said that he catches more fish on a lighter head, although when fishing deeper later in the season, he’ll go with a heavier one. As far as size goes, he starts with 6-inch worms, but will go to 4 inches if the fish are short-biting. • Wacky-Rigged Stickbaits. Davis fishes the 5-inch Senko year ’round, and said that with green pumpkin, you can’t go wrong. These baits are really effective in the backs of coves and cuts with brush. Bass will bed around the submerged willows, and Davis fishes them down to 20 feet. “To get my Senko into deeper water, I’m also now throwing it on the flickshake Zappu Inchi head in a 1/8-ounce size,” he said. “I’ve been really impressed with its hook-up ratio.” • Topwaters. “Even in February and March, I’ll throw a topwater early in the morning to see if any reaction fish are around.” Davis likes the Super Spook in Okie

shad and almost always rigs it with a feathered treble on the rear. He also used the Pop-R in shad with a little bit of chartreuse. • Drop-Shot Worms. “Don’t overlook drop-shotting for good fish on Oroville,” Davis said. “Shad colors like salt and pepper work especially well.” THE REST OF THE STORY Much of Lockhart’s Oroville success can be attributed to his fondness for throwing jigs. “You can catch fi sh with jigs year ’round,” he said. He likes brown and brown or brown and purple. For trailers, he’ll use pork or Yamamoto twintail grubs. “Jigs produce a better quality of fish than you’ll catch on darter heads or by drop-shotting,” he said. Lockhart often fishes jigs on 8-pound Seaguar fluorocarbon. The lighter line forces him to play his fish more carefully, but he also notes that Oroville has few submerged trees to worry about, except in the backs of a handful of coves. Although hydrographic maps can help you find these structures, nothing can beat time on the water for zeroing in on their sweet spots. During the fall, Davis uses his electronics to follow the bait. He finds that bass will be around the edges of the vast balls of pond smelt that roam Oroville’s waters. For later in the season, topwaters early in the morning and 1/4-ounce jigs in brown and purple or brown and orange are some of his top choices. He also said that when the wind is blowing, throwing crankbaits can produce. Consider borrowing a page or two from these two anglers’ playbooks. Oroville is good for fun numbers and still offers the chance for connecting with that bass of a lifetime.
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Bucks Lake & Back Scenic Drive

dventures to Feather River Canyon

Following the Beckworth Trail from Quincy to Oroville
You should plan this drive as an all-day trip having lunch and maybe even dinner along the way. The scenic route begins on Highway 70 at Oroville and follows the Byway along the North Fork of the Feather River passing through three impressive tunnels and across, over or under several historic bridges as you weave along the granite gorge crisscrossing the river. The road is winding as it skirts along the canyon wall providing spectacular views of the river and railroad below. You will see a series of seven early 20th century hydroelectric plants called the “stairway of power” harnessing the force of the river. Several weekends during the summer months, the river offers exciting whitewater for kayakers and rafters. At Gansner Bar just east of Beldon Town the byway begins to follow the East Branch of the North Feather River. In the Spring, you’ll view close to 100 waterfalls and see multiple brilliant wildflowers. In the Summer, gold miners, fishing enthusiasts (some of California’s best rainbow trout fishing waters are found here), and swimmers will be spotted. In the Autumn, the mountain slopes are filled with the shades of turning leaves. In the Win-


he Feather River Scenic Byway, parts of which follow the Beckwourth Trail, was dedicated in 1998. The route began in 1867 when it was surveyed as an all-weather route through the Sierras. In 1905 a railroad was carved through the canyon, and in 1937 a highway was completed.

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ter, the rushing river and snow-capped mountains add yet equipment. You can also access a trailhead to the Pacific Crest another dimension to the views. Trail. Also near Belden is the Elby Stamp Mill, which has The steel arch bridge located about 30 miles north of signage explaining how the huge iron stamps were used to Oroville at the Pulga turnoff is one of the wonders of construccrush gold-bearing quartz from mines from 1898 - 1937. Just tion on this scenic drive. After three and beyond Gansner Bar is Rich Bar known a half years of labor, construction was for the The Shirley Letters, written by completed in 1932 on the 680 ft. long Louise Amelia Knapp Smith. The letstructure that is 200 feet above the river ters written, under the pseudo name and 170 feet above the Western Pacific Dame Shirley, from the mining camp Railroad bridge below. Workers had to in 1851 and 1852, are something valudangle from ropes hung on sheer cliffs able and rare—a portrait by a woman to build the concrete abutments and of an era dominated by men. They ofconcrete and steel girders to join the fer a vivid picture of gold rush life and two sides of the canyon. The bridge is its colorful people. Between 1849-52 unique in that it not only curves as it more than 250,000 ounces of gold was crosses the river, but is also banked, mined in the four-mile stretch of river creating a span that both curves and between Belden and Rich Bar. Gold is twists at about a five-degree angle. The still being found here. best place to view both the curvature When you arrive at Quincy, the Old Mountain House stagecoach stop & hotel. and twist of the bridge is to turn onto Plumas County seat, you may want Today a residence. the Pulga Road and look back. to take advantage of the Plumas County Beldon Town, about 40 miles into the drive, is a good Museum displaying exhibits of Maidu Indian Basketry and place to take a break for lunch or a stretch. Picnic, campgold mining artifacts, or take a leisurely walking tour of seving and restroom facilities are available as well as the Beldon eral historic buildings. Town Resort restaurant/bar and store. Historic information Quincy is where you turn off the Byway and start the is available here and you can take a look at some gold mining climb to Bucks Lake heading west on the Bucks Lake Road.

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This is where we also begin to travel the same route used ister of Historic California Businesses and is most famous as by Jim Beckwourth to cross the Sierra Nevada Mountains. the hideout of Black Bart who robbed people up and down this Beckwourth an explorer and trapper blazed the trail in 1850 stretch of road. starting near what today The last leg of the is Reno Nevada and endtrip takes you along the ing at Bidwell’s Bar near shores of Lake Oroville. Oroville. The trail was Here you can take Kelly heavily used until 1855. Ridge Road to the Lake You’ll have spectacular Oroville Visitors Center views and vistas as you and also take a few minpass by Spanish Ranch utes to drive across the and Meadow Valley tallest earthen dam in on your climb to Bucks the country. Lake. Stop along the way A second route out of for photos and watch for Quincy, which also offers the sign to the Pacific some spectacular views, Crest Trail. The trail is and takes you near Pilot just a few yards off the Peak where you reach an The old Union Hotel and restaurant at La Porte. road at the top of the elevation of 6,400 feet, is mountain, so you can easily put your feet on it even if you from Quincy to La Porte to Oroville tour. don’t walk it from Canada to Mexico. This route began as a mule trail prior to 1866 when pack At Bucks Lake you may want to stop at one of the res- mules carried supplies and passengers through the rugged taurants for refreshments or your evening meal. One of the “Lost Sierra” between the mining towns of La Porte, Johnsrestaurants is right on the water affording great views of the ville and Quincy. Today the Quincy-La Porte road is paved, but lake. From Bucks you’ll head down the mountain passing a still narrow and winding. grave site where a pioneer was killed fording a stream in his Pick up the route two miles east of Quincy on Hwy. 70 at covered wagon. the La Porte exit. It’s smart to have a Plumas National Forest Nine Miles before you reach Berry Creek you go through map, and watch for logging trucks on the high winding roads Mountain House, which operated as a restaurant and bar between Quincy and La Porte. during the gold mining era. Mountain House is on the Reg-

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Wines, Tastings & Tours


efore the olive, almond, and citrus orchards came to the Oroville area, there were many thriving vineyards nestled in the foothills surrounding the community. It seems that all changed when Prohibition came along. When wine could no longer be sold to the general public, area farmers turned to other crops. But times have changed, and now Oroville is home to three wineries—two of which are now opening their doors for tastings and tours. A drive through the back roads just east of Oroville leads you to Grey Fox Vineyards, a hidden hillside vineyard stretching over almost 11 acres. Two couples own Grey Fox: Bruce and Pat Arrigoni and their friends Gary and Jeanne Cecchi. In 1996 the first vines were planted: Sangiovese, Barbera, Syrah, and Zinfandel. In addition to the main varietals Grey Fox has expanded its planting to now include Muscat, Dolcetto, Grenache and Viognter. The facility was small in the beginning and many hours were spent working at their old wooden basket press. Before long, production increased and Grey Fox grew into the new underground facility that you can visit today. A computer-controlled press and stainless steel tanks with temperature control now help facilitate the process, yet still allow for personal hands-on attention. The harvest started in early August last year and continued to mid-September. The wine-making, bottling, labeling, packaging and deliveries are still done by the partners personally. They invite you to share in their labor of love.

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Grey Fox is open for wine tastings and tours to the general public on Saturdays and Sundays, noon– 5 p.m. Group tours by appointment. Call 530-5893920 for more information or try their web site at www.greyfox.net “The French have a word for it,” explains Long Creek Winery owner Lou Cecchi (no relation to Gary Cecchi at Grey Fox). “That word is “terroir”—the right combination of soil, sun, wind, and water)—and this terroir produces grapes with deep color, balanced acidity, soft tannins, and intense concentrated fruit flavors.” Long Creek Winery, located at 233 Ward Boulevard off Olive Highway, grow and bottle Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah. Besides the estate wines, Long Creek also produces a Barbera, Sangiovese, Merlot, Muscat, Syrah Port, Chardonnay and three new blends Collage, Abrosia and Allergo. “I’ve run cattle on this land for 30 years,” Lou continued, “and that has enhanced my soil greatly, I think. And our South Feather Water and Power irrigation water flows directly from clear, clean, mountain streams—terroir.” Long Creek Winery uses very traditional, old-fashioned wine-making methods. There is no blending or filtering of wines, which gives each variety a minimum sulfite content, and all wines are aged in medium-toasted oak barrels (French or American) for at least two years. With seven acres in vines, Long Creek Winery produces 30 tons of grapes and bottles between 2,000 and 3,000 cases.

“It’s amazing how involved this gets,” says Lou. “I’ve put in 60,000 feet of wire, 15,000 feet of irrigation, and the winter pruning took 28 days. And in constructing the winery building, we had to set over 80 dynamite charges. The blast-


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ing opened up several veins of artesian springs, so we had to make a number of provisions under the foundation so we wouldn’t have water running through the winery. The water now runs under the foundation and is keeping the floor of the winery cool.” Long Creek Winery is open Saturdays from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM and always by appointment for tastings and tours. You can phone them at 530-589-3415 or visit them at LongCreekWinery.com. Quilici Vineyards grow five varietals on a gentle hillside, that has a view across the valley all the way to the Costal Range mountains. Cabernet Savignon, Syrah, Zinfandel, Sangiovese (a Tuscan grape) and Barbara (from the Piedmont region of Italy) on 10 acres totaling 5,000 vines. Gary Quilici, owner and wine maker explains that the wine is produced ‘Italian style’, with family, friends, common sense and love. The first vines were planted in 1998, after a trip to Italy to visit family that sitll live in Lucca, Lomeri and Pisa; the Tuscan region of Italy. All of the wines are aged in American and French oak barrels, unfiltered and unfined. The process also uses very little sulfites. Everything is estate grown, processed and bottled. We truly are a boutique winery; we bottle about 1,000 cases a year. The balance of the harvest is sold to home wine makers. “As a small, family-owned and operated winery we are able to control every element of our vintage from vine to bottle. Our process also uses very little sulfite,” Gary commented. What’s new? A Golden Sangiovese. A limited bottling of this blush Sangiovese is only available at the winery and to wine club members. Also if you visit the winery ask about our blends. To find out more about what’s happening and a list of

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Syrah 2007 - Our Syrah has always been one of our best sellers, and the 2007 which was just recently released has been very enthusiastically received. Very delicious with overtones of blackberries and cherry. A superior wine pairs well with all meats. Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 - Our very best seller for the past eleven years. A very dark, robust wine with berry fruit aromas and flavors. It is very intense and pure with slight nuances of oak and soft tannins. Zinfandel 2010 - Very complex and subtle, spicy and fruit forward. Barbera 2010 - Crafted in the Italian tradition, intense with great finish, best enjoyed young—long hang time with high alcohol. Sangiovese 2010 - Probably our most popular wine. Very versatile, much like the sangiovese of tuscany— enjoyed with all foods,, smooth and highly flavorful. Pinot Grigio 2010 - A masterfully crafted light wine, brilliant in color—overtones of spice and fruits.

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Grey Fox Cabernet 2003 - Rich, smooth and full-bodied with blackberry and cherry flavors, crafted at Grey Fox Winery with premium Mendocino Grapes. Winner of the 2008 Grand Harvest Silver Award and the 2008 West Coast Competition Bronze Award. Grey Fox Barbera - Estate grown, medium-bodied wine, low in tannin - Our warm climate tames the natural acidity of this Italian varietal and enhances its complex and intense flavors. Grey Fox Syrah - A wonderfully sweet port-style wine rich with chocolate and berry flavors, pairs nicely with our Jamaican Jerk spice nuggets. Port Syrah - A sweet dessert wine with a chocolate and berry sensation. Our first Port wine and still our most popular!

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All of our wines are grown, produced, and bottled on our property, which makes them all estate wines. We have just released our 2006 wines and they have been very well received. Barbera 2007 - The older the grapevine gets, the better and darker the wine becomes. Barbera is another Italian varietal which originated in the Piedmont region of Italy. Our Barbera is a hearty wine with complex, earthy flavors and a smooth finish. It goes well with pork or roasted wild game. Cabernet Sauvignon 2007- This is a very popular varietal which grows very well in this area. Our Cabernet is a bold and full-bodied wine with hints of cherry and blackberry. It goes well with food, especially beef and pork. Sangiovese 2007 - It was a bronze metal winner at the 2009 California State Fair competition. This varietal originated in the Tuscany region of Italy. Ours is not an ordinary Sangiovese. It is bolder than most with smoothfresh fruit flavors. It is our most popular wine. It can be served with most foods or enjoyed before a meal. Syrah 2007- An emerging varietal that is well suited for our Northern Sierra Foothill climate. Our Syrah is very warm and smooth, with chocolate and black cherry flavors. It has become one of our most popular wines. It can be enjoyed with most foods. Zinfandel 2007 - Our Zinfandel tastes of raspberry flavors with a spicy peppery finish. Can be enjoyed with foods that have bold flavors.

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2009 Chardonnay-This is an interesting compromise of styles, having the buttery qualities of a barrel fermented Chardonnay, and some of the lighter fruit and acid structure of a stainless steel fermented Chardonnay 2010 Petite Syrah Rose- More complex than your average blush, imprinted with the character of the barrel. Lush on the palate with a hint of sweetness, cherry-berry fruit and a dash of spice. 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon- Grown in the Sierra Foothills region at the perfect elevation. An approachable Cab that maintains its elegance and integrity. Deep berry flavors, with a hint of sweet wood. Perfect for drinking now with time revealing more. 2009 Barbera- This beautiful Italian varietal has huge ripe fruit characteristics of tart cherries and boysenberry. Crisp acidity is Barbera signature trait, which makes this wine mouthwatering and lushes.

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eather River Recreation and Park District and the City of Oroville are proud to welcome visitors to the new Riverbend Park. Located at the west end of Montgomery Street. The park features a stunning arched gateway that invites visitors to the scenic Feather River. Depending on the season, the area is aglow with a profusion of wildflowers and swarms of butterflies. Later in the year, flocks of birds and local wildlife can be seen. There is ample parking and improved restroom facilities. A string of open-air pav ilions are interspersed throughout the park and are ava i lable for picnicking or nature viewing. Designed by Land Image, the pavilions incorporate wildlife motifs. There are a number of play areas for children as well. The first phase of the park project opened to the public in May 2006 and the improvements are ongoing. Over the next several years, the park will add an Aquatic Park with the Olympic-sized swimming pool, waterslides, an exercise pool, a diving pool, a wet playground and spray features. The ten-lane competition pool will include three lanes for warming up and a spectator stand will be added for special events. The two-story Recreation Center will have a conference facility, offices and a reception area with a charming patio. In addition, the gymnasium will be open to a host of recreational activities and the elevated jogging track on the second floor will look out over the main floor.

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re you looking for a gorgeous place to ride and feel like you have left civilization behind- a place with hills that provide million dollar panoramas, shaded trails, water for horses, long level stretches where you can move out or saunter along and watch the river—campsites and staging areas at various points along the trail system? This may sound like Paradise, but it is actually at Oroville. Several trail sections at the Lake Oroville State Recreation Area connect to provide approximately 17 miles of designated hiking equestrian trails. (No dogs or mountain bikes are permitted on the hiking equestrian trails.) This trail system, along with additional multi-use trails available in the area, traverses some of the most beautiful scenery in the Mother Lode. It is located in Butte County and is adjacent to the Feather River and Lake Oroville. The elevation ranges from 100 to 1100 ft. and trails are open all year long. Each season has a special charm. The Spring wildflowers are spectacu-

lar, especially on Sycamore Hill; of course the view from Sycamore Hill is spectacular any time of the year. In summer, the shaded trails and the plentiful water for horses are very appealing. There are numerous places for horses to drink along the trail; however, water for human consumption is only available at camp sites and the visitor center. The autumn foliage makes the view an unforgettable experience. In winter, the low altitude and allweather terrain should pull you like a magnet. There is an intriguing variety of wildlife in the area: turkey, beaver, river otter, muskrat, fox, bobcat, deer, waterfowl, hawks, osprey, and eagles. As with any oak woodland habitat, mountain lions and rattlesnakes also live in the area, but lions have rarely, if ever, been seen by trail users. Naturally, you are most likely to encounter wildlife if you are moving quietly along the trail. It is possible to ride loop trails at either end of the hiking equestrian trail. Parking for the lower (Dan Beebe H/E Trail) is located at the west end of

Lakeland Blvd. (lower end). Riders may “loop back” by returning on multi use (dirt road) trail along the Feather River Diversion Pool. Parking for the upper end of the H/E trails, in the Loafer Creek area closer to Lake Oroville, is at the Saddle Dam on Kelly Ridge Rd. Day use parking is free at both of these locations. Due to limited space, parking at the Loafer Creek horse camp is limited to those who have paid for a camp site. There are also miles of multi-use trails available, including the Potters Ravine/North Fork Trail through woods along the north side of Lake Oroville. The parking area at this location can only be accessed by crossing the paved road on top of Oroville Dam to the Spillway launching ramp area. There is a dirt lot for horse trailer parking and a parking fee of $4.00. State Parks entrance (kiosk) phone at this area is (530) 538-2216. Open all year, the “state of the art” Loafer Creek Horse Camp offers 15 sites which do not have hook-ups, but do have a wide variety of attractive features: hot showers, flush toilets, a horse wash rack, horse panel pens, a round pen, horse tethering and feeding racks, water faucets, and on site (limited) parking for your boat. Reservations are recommended for peak season use and may be made by


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Loafer Creek Horse Camp calling (800) 444-PARK. There is a charge for reservations. Off season or mid week campers may prefer to take their chances that space will be available, which allows a camp site rental at a lesser fee. A market and gas station are located a short 12 minute drive from the horse camp. State Parks number at Loafer Creek entrance (kiosk) is (530) 538-2217. Here are the directions to the horse camp: Exit Hwy 70 at Oro Dam Blvd. (162) east 1.7 miles. Turn right at Olive Highway (also 162). Go 6.9 miles (you will pass Kelly Ridge Rd.) and look for left turn lane to Loafer Creek State Recreation Area. Ask directions at the State Parks kiosk, or follow signs to Horse Camp. Large groups who wish to reserve the whole camp should call the State Parks’ main office (530-538-2200) If you need to contact a ranger, call the dispatch number (916358-1300) and ask for State Parks dispatch. You may also call the Oroville Chamber of Commerce (530-534-2542) for information on any of the recreation facilities. There is something for everybody at Lake Oroville. The Visitor Center (530-538-2219) features interpretive displays, a viewing tower, and has information and trail maps available. There are also more than 40 videos about the surrounding area which can be viewed at no charge. OROVILLE WILDLIFE AREA There are two main access points for the Oroville Wildlife Area which would accommodate horse trailer parking. Either a small boat launching area on the west side of Larkin Rd, just south of Rabe Rd. or the south portion of Wilbur Rd., which is off of Hwy 162, east of Hwy 99. Calif. Fish and Game regulations (related to wildlife areas) state that horses are allowed only on roads open to vehicles and (also) within 25 feet of the Wildlife Area boundaries. Some areas are commonly closed during nesting season. The Calif. DFG number for questions is (530) 538-2236 (phone answered only on Wednesday, due to current staffing, but you may also leave a message). FEATHER FALLS TRAILS This is a not to be missed experience, but local horse riders have cautioned that unless you are a capable rider with a seasoned mount, you may prefer to first experience this beautiful trail on your own two feet instead of on horse back. It should be noted that the trails are steep in places and they are also multiple use. (See information on Feather Falls, on page 41). Plan on a 1 hr. drive from Oroville to the trailhead parking. Maps and information are available at the U.S. Forestry office in Oroville. (530-534-6500) Information about the Oroville area is also available at the Oroville Chamber of Commerce (530-538-2542).

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he moved to Oroville when the county seat was moved there in 1856. In the same year Lott married Susan F. Hyer of Pennsylvania. To them were born three children: Sarah Virginia who died at the age of two years, Charles Fayette Jr. and Cornelia. Interested in the agricultural development of Oroville, Lott became the first president of the Oroville Citrus Association.

Victorian gothic revival style cottage, the C.F. Lott Historic Home, built in 1856, serves as a cultural repository for decorative art objects, which are typical of the homes of Oroville’s pioneer families. The collection includes furniture, paintings, rugs, textiles, clothes, silver and glassware of the period, 1849 - 1910. With a law degree in his pocket Charles Fayette Lott joined a wagon train bound for California in 1849. Finding the need

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for lawyers greater than for miners, he began his law practice at Bidwell Bar. Elected State Senator for Butte County in 1851, He was active in many organizations and in politics. He was elected judge of the 2nd. Judicial District in 1870. He lived to his 94th year. Fayette Jr. never married, though he lived in the home until his death in 1927. Cornelia grew up in Oroville, attending Bird Street School, then the Irving Institute in San Francisco. After the deaths of her father and brother, Cornelia married Jesse Sank. As tributes to his wife, Jesse built many of the interesting features of the garden. Cornelia died August 15, 1953. Jesse willed the property to the City of Oroville in her memory with the stipulations that picnic tables be provided for public use.


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dventures The Chinese Temple & Gardens
THE TAPESTRY HALL In 1968, Tapestry Hall was built to display the extensive collection of embroidered tapestries, parade parasols and other objects of beauty and value which characterize the best of Chinese folk art. In China, art was never separate from religious and ethical teaching. All objects in everyday use by the common people of China were ornamented by sy mbols expressing the religious ideas of Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism. They are mostly red which is the color of happiness. They repeat the wish for happiness, long life, good fortune and many sons. Some symbols are: Unicorn - bringer of noble sons; Buddha lion - symbol of power and valor; Deer, crane, peach symbols of longevity. The potteries, bronzes, wood lacquerware, textiles and other objects of folk art are typical of those used by the Chinese during the period of the temple community. The priceless collection of Chinese and American costumes is arranged to contrast the two cultures by decades from 1850 to 1930. PUPPETS The three dimensional puppets are from the Oroville Chinese Opera Theatre. The rare shadow puppets indicate the variety and color of the ancient folk theatre used to entertain and teach generations of non-literate Chinese. THE GARDEN Not an idle pleasure garden, a Chinese garden is designed as a place for meditation and reflection, and is an expression

he Oroville Chinese Temple was built in 1863 to serve a community of 10,000 Chinese. It includes three chapels for each of the major ways of life in China. The main chapel is called Liet Sheng Kong-Temple of assorted deities. It is a place of prayer for various worships including Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism. The Chan room is a Confucian room for reverence of ancestors. Confucius taught that all human relationships depend upon proper maintenance of the family. The Moon Temple, so called because of its entrance, is Wong Fat Tong - Hall of the Yellow Buddha. The Council Room served a variety of civil and cultural needs of the worker; such as banking, letter writing, discipline and arranging for the burial of the dead. A major flood in 1907 decimated the Chinese community so that most Chinese left Oroville. Then the Chan Family assumed responsibility for the temple. In 1937 it was deeded to the City of Oroville and was first opened to visitors at the time of California’s Centennial in 1949.


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The State Theatre

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he STATE THEATRE has been an integral part of downtown Oroville since it was dedicated on April 7, 1928. T & D Enterprises, Incorporated owned numerous theaters throughout California and Nevada. Their General Manager, M. A. Naify, contracted two architects, Timothy L. Pflueger and J. R. Miller, to design the grand, new Oroville facade. These two men also created that lofty pinnacle of progress--the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Building in San Francisco, and Oakland’s Paramount Theater. The State Theater is now recognized in the National Historical Register. The theater was originally designed for fine vaudeville acts and films. It is one of the last “Movie Palaces” built for both live and film entertainment. Although movies became the main staple, especially after films became “talkies,” live performances continued with talent shows, War Bond drives, and school graduations. The Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Organ was finally removed in the mid 1950s, there being no films for it to accompany. The most recent improvements to the theater has been the $750,000 replacement of the heating and air conditioning system and complete replacement of stage curtains as well as upgrades to the lighting and sound systems. The $200,000 Save America’s Treasures grant will help fund the stabilization and restoration of the Theater’s Myers street façade bringing back some of the building’s most interesting visual features.


he Bolt Tool Museum got its start because teenage boys wouldn’t pay attention during shop class. Back in 1957, Carl “Bud” Bolt was a representative of Snap-On Tools, one of the innovators in modern tool design and production. He traveled to schools across the country giving presentations to shop classes, but found the boys inattentive. He started collecting old tools to demonstrate the difference between the unwieldy collections that the boys’ fathers and grandfathers might have used and the modern detachable socket set. Not only did the boys begin paying attention, Bud began a lifelong fascination with old tools. Although he vowed to stop collecting when he reached 1,000 pieces, the collection now numbers over 5,000 pieces. Each is meticulously cataloged and referenced, and research is ongoing. All of the tools on display were manufactured during or prior to WWII. There is a collection of adjustable wrenches that measure from a tiny pair about 4 inches long to a giant 12-foot industrial wrench. A set of unusual tools includes a 3-in-1 tool for replacing the belt on a treadle sewing machine. One part of the tool cuts the belt to the correct length, another part punches holes in the new belt, and a third attaches the clamp that holds the belt together. The museum is located at the end of Safford Street between Oak and Pine Streets near the Chinese Museum. 1650 Broderick St. Oroville, Ca. Phone # 530-538-2528.

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reda Ehmann and her son, Edwin, built a Colonial Revival style home at the corner of Lincoln and Robinson Streets in 1911. Around the home were stately Victorian homes reflecting the prosperity which had come with the gold rush. Having perfected a curing process for olives while living in Oakland, Freda and her son moved to Oroville and launched the ripe olive packing industry with markets across the country. For over a decade Freda had been developing her groves, having purchased the Fogg Olive Grove in Thermalito, and supervising the olive pickling vats. Freda earned the title “Mother of the California Ripe Olive Industry.” Edwin served as Oroville’s mayor from 1919–1923. Both gave generously to the community. The Ehmann Home has served as Butte County Historical Society (BCHS) headquarters since 1980, when the county deeded it to them. With the deed came the stipulation that the house be restored and made available to the public. Highlights of the home include intricate stained glass windows, dark wainscoting, hardwood floors, fireplaces, antique furniture, including a Chickering piano that came around the Horn, and a collection of European porcelain figures. The Ehmann Home Museum is open for tours by appointment and on Saturdays from 11–3. the third Tuesday monthly from 10 a.m.-Noon. Visit the gift shop for one-of-a-kind local items. For information on renting the home for weddings or other private functions, call 533-5316 or 533-1967.


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s you approach this storehouse of history, a plaque embedded in the sidewalk catches your eye. “This building is dedicated to Truth, Liberty, & Toleration by Native Sons of the Golden West - May 12, 1932.” Then you notice the face of the building, which is covered with rock quarried from the winter quarters of the Toto tribe. And those heavy entrance doors — they’re the window shutters from the original Masonic Temple in Forbestown. Next, you may notice the old steps - the first sidewalks of Oroville. And you’re not even inside yet! That’s how it is at this remarkable museum - one historic treasure after another! You’ll see the grand old clock from Bidwell Bar, a Dunham & Sons piano that came around the Horn, elaborate women’s fans, antique dolls, (including a doll from the Donner Party), an extensive hat collection, (including an 1849 bonnet worn by a wagon-trainer). Elsewhere, the printed invitation to an 1884 hanging, a Chinese tear jar, and more. The museum, operated by the City of Oroville and located at 2332 Montgomery St., is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, Noon-4 p.m. Admission is $2 for Adults ($1.50 a person for groups of 15 or more), children under 12 free. Special tours may be arranged by calling 538-2497. The museum is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., and closed from Dec. 15-Jan. 31.

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River Walk, Hatchery & Nature Center


he construction of Oroville Dam by the Dept. of Water Resources altered the Feather River. Many miles of spawning and nursery grounds were lost to salmon and steelhead trout returning to their home stream to deposit eggs. To compensate for this loss, the Feather River Salmon and Steelhead Hatchery was opened in 1967. The facility was cooperatively planned by the Department of Fish and Game and the Department of Water Resources. The main hatchery building houses the spawning operation area and the incubators. The facility 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. At the base of the barrier dam, salmon and steelhead enter the ‘ladder’ to the hatchery’s gathering tank. During their spawning runs, the fish can be seen through special view windows. Spring-run king salmon begin arriving in June, while steelhead and fall-run salmon arrive from Sept.-Nov. Eggs are taken from the fish and fertilized, incubated and hatched. The small fish are transferred to rearing tanks where they grow until large enough to go into the river. From the river, they return to the ocean to mature until beginning the migration back to their birthplace to renew the life cycle.

The hatchery is open to the public year-round. Hours are 8 am-sundown. For tours, call 534-2303. Built of stone and sitting beside the river just across from the hatchery on Old Ferry Road, the 1930’s WPA bath house has been restored and converted into a Nature Center. Beautifully constructed from nature’s gifts, it’s a great place to commune with nature during any season of the year. Many footpaths have been created around the center, and it’s a perfect place for a picnic! The grounds are open daily sunrise to sunset; Bath House Museum on Saturdays Noon-3pm. For tours, call 533-5936; for more info., 534-6684.


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dventures Lake Oroville Visitor’s Center

he Lake Oroville Visitor’s Center located above jor plants are identified and natural phenomena observed. Oroville Dam at the north end of Kelly Ridge Road, The tower with its viewing scopes provides an excellent is open from 9 - 5, seven days a week year-round, view of the lake, dam, surrounding foothills and mounexcept for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New tains and the valley below. An excellent example of a bedYear’s Day. Admission is free. At the center, rock mortar where acorns and seeds were you’ll find information about the State Wa- Viewing Tower at the Visitor Center ground into meal for food by local Indians ter Project, Oroville Dam, the Feather River rests alongside the walkway to the Visitor’s Fish Hatchery, history of the area, recreCenter. ational opportunities, maps, books, and a Organizations are invited to reserve the museum containing displays of the State theater by calling the Interpretive Ranger Water Project, animals of the area, Native at (530) 538-2219. Riding and Hiking Trails American and gold-mining artifacts. More head out in two directions from the Visithan 40 videos can be requested for viewing tor’s Center. Maps are available at the infor, covering subjects from history of the gold mation counter, as well as maps of the lake rush and gold dredging, to wild animals, and campgrounds, and the undeveloped and ghost towns. Interpretive and educaforest areas above the lake. tional items such as gold panning materiTours of the Feather River Fish Hatchery als and children’s coloring books may be or Oroville Dam are given on a prearranged purchased at the front counter, and outside basis by California Dept. of Water Resourca 47-foot high viewing tower affords spectacular views of es personnel. Make reservations by calling (530) 534-2306, the lake, mountains, and valley. or by writing to: Dept. of Water Resources, Attention John A self-guided nature walk begins at the Center. MaFord, 460 Glen Drive, Oroville, CA 95966


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ocated in the heart of the beautiful Sacramento Valley at the foot of the world’s smallest mountain range, the Sutter Buttes, you’ll find the picturesque farming community of Gridley. With a population of just under 6,000, Gridley has much to offer to those wishing to visit or relocate permanently. Rich in history, Gridley was founded in 1870 by George W. Gridley, pioneer sheep raiser. You’ll find historic homes and businesses located in the downtown district, which is west of Highway 99 at Hazel Street. Gridley offers a variety of shopping, unique speciality shops, professional services and restaurants. Business is primarily in the charming downtown district and along Highway 99. We hope you’ll stop by the Chamber of Commerce at 613 Kentucky Street, to receive a warm welcome to our special community that is filled with pride and tradition and to view our ‘Gridley Museum’ featuring many historic exhibits. The museum, developed by the Rotary Club and now run by the City, has hundreds of artifacts and photographs showing different eras. Old school desks are in the old-fashioned schoolroom, which features the original bell from Wilson

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School. The first home and store in Gridley were built by L. C. Stone in 1874. Stone served as postmaster, the train depot and express agent, as well as a merchant. Wells Fargo & Co. opened its office in 1871 and soon other businesses followed suit. Two large fires, one in 1884 and one in 1891 destroyed much of the original business district. The district rallied and rebuilt around 1900. Much of the historic downtown district remains. “Silk Stocking Row,” the many well-preserved turn-of -the-century homes on Hazel Street, was so named because during the Depression, the only women who could afford silk stockings lived in these large Hazel Street homes. More of Gridley’s history can be seen in the Gridley Museum at the Chamber of Commerce, 613 Kentucky St. ‘The First to Fall’ World War II Memorial at the GridleyBiggs Cemetery honors all American veterans and carries the picture and story of area native Warren McCutcheon on the nine-foot tall black granite slab. McCutcheon, who was 17 at the time, is believed to have been the first casualty of the


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bombing at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 while he served as a machine gunner on the foremast of the U.S.S. Maryland. The memorial was dedicated on Memorial Day, 1996 with retired Navy Admiral John Bitoff speaking. Bitoff remembered the veterans by saying, “They came from all over America . . . to help the forces of freedom prevail in a life and death struggle that would change the course of the world. Many made the ultimate sacrifice so that others might breathe the sweet air of freedom.” SHOPPING: “Gridley is very lucky. Not many small towns have the variety and quality of specialty shops that Gridley has.” Gifts for most any age or taste can be found at The Cottage Mercantile. Craft supplies (and classes) as well as party supplies and florist services are on hand at The Wishing Corner. And if you seek custom designed leaded or beveled windows, doors, lamps, or other items, check out the Stained Glass Junction. PARKS: Gridley has two city parks, Vierra Park is located at the south end of

Wa s h ington St. and offers tennis courts, baseball facilities, grills, picnic tables, and children’s play equipment for different ages. The Nick Daddow Plaza Park, downtown at Hazel and Virginia Streets is known for its gazebo and as the location of the annual Red Suspender’s Days each May. The park offers tables and electricity for (530) special events.


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Explore Gray Lodge dventures Wildlife Area W
Photos by B. Johnson ith a back drop of the world’s smallest complete mountain range, the Sutter Buttes, Gray Lodge Wildlife Area is a photographer’s dream come true attracting more than a million ducks, 100,000 geese, and thousands of other types of bird life annually. The upper Sacramento Valley sees more waterfowl than anywhere else along this flyway, with average numbers estimated at 3.5 million. Managed by the California Department of Fish and Game, its 8,400 acres are among the most extensively used wetlands in the entire Pacific Flyway. More than 80 miles of roads run through the area with miles of hiking trails ringing the many ponds. An outstanding year-round wildlife specimen museum is located on the main road, and The Wetland Discovery Trail runs along transition zones of ponds, grassy fields, and wooded riparian areas. This trail is wheelchair accessible and terminates at a wildlife-viewing platform. A three-mile auto loop is also available. Gray Lodge is available for hunting, fishing as well as wildlife viewing. Hunters will need a Type A one-day, two-day or season permit/pass and a valid DFG hunting license. There are many fishing opportunities at Gray Lodge with its ponds and miles of canals supporting bass, sunfish, perch, catfish and carp. All fishing is from the shore in accordance with general fish regulations. The area is open to fishing seven days a week. From two weeks before waterfowl season to one week after waterfowl season, fishing is restricted to the Avis Access only. Jr. Fishing Day: Generally held in July, a one-day cat-

fish derby is held for children ages 12 and under. Call Gray Lodge for details about this year’s event. Fall is an ideal time to visit Gray Lodge with the ashcolored, red-capped sandhill cranes arriving in September with many staying until March. By November, 80,000 Ross’ and Snow geese begin gliding in to meet the grebes, kestrels, owls, hawks, pheasants, quail, and other wildlife already there. On the heels of northern winter storms, teal, mallards, swans, widgeon, buffleheads, and as many as 200,000 northern pintail arrive daily. Bittern, gadwalls, and white-faced


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ibis abound. In January, the rookery is filled with nests of great blue herons, black-crowned night herons, and egrets. Rookery life can be observed from a viewing mound located near the nests. By late winter, food sources become depleted due to the heavy bird population. Birds then begin to fly out during the day searching for food in the surrounding farmlands. At dusk the birds return to roost for the night creating a spectacular sight. The deafening sound of wings at “night-flight” is an incredible experience at the end of of a day’s bird watching. The best waterfowl viewing is in late November through early February, on crisp, clear days. By early March, nesting begins for the area’s wood ducks. More than 200 nesting boxes that have sheltered ringtail, kestrel, and owls throughout winter begin holding the eggs of this distinctive duck. Contact Information: Hunting, fishing and general information: Main Office (530) 846-7500 Wildlife watching, tours, educational programs and events: Naturalist Office (530) 846-7505. Hours: Sunrise to sunset Fees: Day use pass $2.50/person. Under 16 years of age or a valid CA hunting, trapping or fishing license free.

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Butte County I I by Bike

by Chris Robbins

f you love cycling, you’ll love Butte County. There’s something here for cyclists of ever y type and level. Situated on the floor of the Sacramento Valley and extending into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, Butte County offers miles and miles of flat and gently undulating roads, challenging uphill climbs, rugged off-road trails, a bike park, a BMX track and casual cruises the whole family can enjoy. For the hard core cyclist who wants to cover the county in one ride, there’s the route of the Wildflower Centur y, a 100-mile race presented each year in April by the Chico Velo Cycling Club. The most popular loop starts out of Chico and goes up Honey Run Rd. to Paradise, down Pentz Rd to Oroville, back over Table Mountain, then back to Chico by way of Durham. For more information on the Wildflower route and race, and other rides throughout Butte County, visit w w w.chicovelo.org. CYCLING IN THE CHICO AREA The most popular destination for visitors to Chico is the 3,681-acre Bidwell Park. The park has two distinct sections – Lower and Upper Park. Lower Bidwell Park borders both sides of Big Chico Creek, following it about four miles east from the edge of downtown Chico. Upper Bidwell Park extends about five miles into the rugged Big Chico Creek Canyon. Lower Park has both paved roads and unpaved trails that follow the creek. Lower Park can be accessed from downtown by heading east on East Fourth St., which ends at the park’s entrance. There are also entrances to the west end of the park off East Fifth St. and off of Vallombrosa Ave. The east end of Lower Park can be accessed from where Manzanita Ave. crosses Chico Creek. Several bridges provide access across the creek offering cyclists loops of varied lengths. Upper Park is accessed off of Manzanita Ave. Turn on Wildwood Ave. at the fire station. Two miles into Upper Park it turns into Upper Park Road, a rocky and rutted dirt road that continues for five miles along the creek. While rough on vehicles, it’s an easy ride for most mountain bikers.Perhaps the most popular mountain biking trail is the North Rim Trail, a wide, rugged trail that ascends the north edge of the canyon offering spectacular views. A series of steep and challenging switch-back trails lead down to Upper Park Road and Big Chico Creek where many cyclists stop to cool off. The parking area is off of Wildwood Ave., 1.5 miles from Manzanita Ave. Look for the big white cross. Other starting points for your mountain bike trek include parking areas about a quarter mile further at Horseshoe Lake. For a more demanding and technical ride, try the South Rim Trail. The trailhead is past Five-Mile Recreation Area where Centennial Dr. dead-ends into Chico Canyon Rd. Road cyclists also have a variety of routes to choose from in and around Chico. There’s plenty of flat land and rides through the many orchards in the area are very popular. More strenuous and challenging rides include the steep inclines of Hwy. 32 and Honey Run Rd. BMX riders can get their kicks at Silver Dollar


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BMX, a non-profit, volunteer-run BMX facility located at the Silver Dollar Fair Grounds in Chico, featuring one of the premier tracks in Northern California. For more information visit www.silverdollarbmx.org. For more information on cycling in the Chico area, visit the Chico Velo Website at www. chicovelo.org. CYCLING IN THE OROVILLE AREA Many of Oroville’s trails lead to or pass by recreation destinations and points of interest, such as Lake Oroville, Historic Downtown Oroville, parks, museums, Oroville Wildlife Refuge and the Feather River Fish Hatchery. You can even ride across Oroville Dam, the tallest earthen dam in the United States, and enjoy the spectacular view of the Sutter Buttes, the smallest mountain range in the world. The most popular and well known trail is the 41-mile Brad Freeman Trail. This scenic trail offers off-road recreational riding for all-terrain bicycles. However, some sections are paved. The trail wraps around the Thermalito Forebay and Afterbay, follows the Feather River through the Wildlife Area and Downtown Oroville, climbs its way up to Oroville Dam, crosses the dam and winds its way down the other side. More than 30 miles of the trail is flat, but there are steep upgrades on each side of Oroville Dam. Common access points include Bedrock Park, Riverbend Park, Thermalito Forebay off of Hwy. 70, Burma Road, Oroville Dam, Nelson Ave. Bridge, Feather River Nature Center, Thompson Flat Rd., Tres Vias Rd. and the north and south entrances to the Oroville Wildlife Area. Other popular trails include the multi-use Potter’s Ravine Trail and the Bidwell Canyon Trail, which is hiking and biking only. Road cyclists also have lots of options. Thermalito, situated in the western part of the Oroville area, offers miles and miles off flat and gently rolling terrain. For a challenging uphill ride, follow the Greenline. There is literally a green line painted down the center of the street from Montgomery St. in Historic Downtown Oroville and up to Oroville Dam and Visitor Center. Perhaps the premier ride in the area, especially from late March to early May when the wildflowers are in bloom, is the route over Table Mountain. You can make a loop in either direction. From Oroville, head north on Table Mt. Blvd., make a right on Hwy. 70 and continue north, and turn right on Cherokee Rd. A challenging climb takes you through the old town of Cherokee and up to the top of Table Mountain. The ride down the other side into Oroville can be dangerous, so be careful. To go the other way, catch Cherokee Rd. in Oroville from Table Mountain


Blvd. The loop is about 26 miles. BMX riders are not left out of the fun. The Bedrock Bike and Skate Park has two sides, which alternate between biking and skating. Located at Safford Street at the north end of Feather River Blvd., the facility is free and open from dawn to dusk. For more information call the Feather River Recreation and Park District at 530-533-2011. For an easy cruise with the family, try the 3-mile long Feather River Bike Trail. The paved, Class I trail connects Riverbend Park to the Veteran’s Memorial Building. You can easily take a detour off the trail and check out downtown. For a real challenge try the Lake Oroville Bicycling Organization’s 24-Hours of Gold Bike Ride, held at the Loafer Creek campground in November. Riders compete as individuals or teams on a nearly eight-mile, rugged course with numerous twists, inclines and rough patches. For more information contact LOBO at 530-532-7922. For trail maps and more information on cycling in and around the Oroville area, visit the LOBO Website at www.lakeorovillebicyclists.org, the Oroville Area Chamber of Commerce at 1789 Montgomery St., or Greenline Cycles at the corner of Montgomery and Huntoon streets in Downtown Oroville.

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Lost in the Wilderness...
Current mood: sore So unbelievably, there I was floating some miles downstream of the launch point at the bridge where Highway 49 crosses theYuba RIver. Ahead, Dana floated on an inflatable tube, carefully steering herself to the safest passage through the rapids ahead. Looking back, Thomas floated on his tube, leaning over the edge paddling to gain some ground. Bringing up the rear, Darrell and Ryan navigated the 2 man inflatable boat over and between the rocks, the very few supplies that had not washed away were contained in the backpack on Darrell’s back. It had been hours since the rest of our team had turned back to walk out on foot, after a particularly nasty rapid had washed away our equipment and injured some to where they couldn’t continue. We would later find that we had only traveled a mere mile at that point, before the 5 of us volunteered to continue onward, unaware of what lay ahead. Surrounded by incredible beauty, we were aware in the back of our minds that there were no people, no campsites, no roads, and no signal on the only cellphone we had. We had lost the radio. The dwindling light urged us onward as we braced against punishing rapids and unyielding rocks, bodies sore, and bare feet bruised from walking over sharp rock. We had been in the water some 89 hours, and were almost out of time - we had to get to the end of the river, and into Bullard’s Bar Lake, where the jetski would be waiting to tow us the 7 miles back to camp. If we made it. An hour before, we had stumbled upon a seemingly abandoned mining camp, a dredging pump still floating in the river, but decided against approaching. We agreed that our best course of action was to continue on while there was still daylight. We were long past that now, floating down the darkened valley. The river never widened and deepened as we expected, and the lake never materialized. Hypothermia began to take hold, and the psychological effect of floating on black waters toward uncertain fate began to take its toll. We had just regrouped and tied our floats together for safety when somebody spotted a flashlight in the distance - a camp. We called out, and were answered by the brilliant beam of a halogen spotlight. We were met by a bearded, gray haired, friendly man in his 60’s on the shore, who seemed not as much surprised at our apparent miscalculation, as insistent that we come into camp and dry off. Further up the shore, a man with short buzzed hair and a beard in his late 20’s gave me a hand and guided me past some particularly sharp rocks. A sandy haired woman, who looked to be in her 50’s joined the other two to bring dry clothes to us. Once we changed and they started a fire, they introduced themselves as Dennis and Sharon Parker, owners and operators of a gold mining claim along that section of the river. Cole, a hired hand helped out in camp and was, as we found out much like part of their family. The scope of our predicament didn’t truly begin to set in until we found that we had traveled a mere 4 miles or so from the bridge, and had another 2 or 3 through some of the most perilous rapids before we reached the lake - if we could even make it in the dark. The next part was even more difficult to accept; there was no paved road nearby, and it was an hour and a half ride out via 4 wheel drive truck up a twisting, rocky trail - there would be no rescue from camp. They did, however has a satellite phone, to our relief. After Sharon fed us, Cole took Ryan and I in a 4WD Chevy truck along a trail out to a spot where the satellite phone got signal. Dennis and Sharon warned that it could be up to a half hour of patient waiting until a satellite passed overhead, and that we could have between 10 seconds and 2 minutes to talk before losing it over the horizon - talk fast, they told us. As we lurched and bumped over the rough trail strewn with basketball sized rocks, it became clear that no vehicle from camp was going to make it to us. I was slightly nervous, the group split in two and riding with a tough looking dude I didn’t know well enough to trust yet. We walked out onto a sandy shore, where Cole pointed out a rock they would


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usually sit on while waiting for a satellite. While Ryan waited and watched the phone, Cole talked about how he came to be with the Parkers, and elaborated on how he ended up in prison for 16 months when he got on the wrong side of the law for shooting a street sign on 4th of July - it seems this guy and I have way more in common than I thought. Ryan and I traded off on the phone, without any sign of a signal yet. Cole offered us a crab apple, and it was right when I went to take a bite, that I realized that the phone had locked on and acquired the signal. I promptly dropped the apple mid bite and began dialing Rebecca’s number. It rang, and they picked up. I hurried to tell her that we were alive and safe, and were at a mining camp where we would stay the night. I asked her to call off any search party. She shouted “STOP! The river is longer than you think”, right as the satellite went over the horizon, and we lost signal. Having gotten word out, we returned to camp. We sat around the fire and drank some cocktails offered to us in what was easily the best equipped camp kitchen I had ever seen. Dennis and Sharon tried to apologize for the condition of the remote camp, as they were in the process of packing it out, though this place might as well have been a small village, complete with spring water collection system, a fully equipped kitchen, showers, toilet, battery powered inverters, and lanterns everywhere. I slept more comfortably under thick blankets on a nice air mattress than I have for weeks, including my own bed in LA. When morning came, again Sharon fed us better than I eat at home. Dana helped her clean up the kitchen while the rest of us helped Dennis and Cole drag the two dredging pumps up out of the river, and pack the larger one into a trailer to come out with us. The dredging pumps, which sit on 2 pontoon floats, are powered by a gas engine, and vacuum gravel off the bottom of the river, which then passes over a sluice box where the heavy gold settles out, and the rest continues out the back and goes into the river again. The pump even supplies warm water to the operators wetsuit during the cold months. Once the trailer was packed, Ryan and Thomas rode with Dennis in the Chevy and Darrel, Dana, and I rode with Sharon in a 4x4 Jeep Cherokee. It was a long, slow crawl in 4-wheel low. The trail was very rough and rocky - barely wide enough to accommodate the trucks. Many times we were rolled up at a 30 degree angle, perilously close to rolling down the mountain. There were moments where with the frame creaking and all 4 wheels digging for traction, Sharon piloted the jeep with expert percision up and over obstacles and around tight switchbacks as we climbed up out of the valley. After what seemed an hour and a half, we made it up to the top. We first hit pavement just short of the entrance to Sly Creek Reservoir. Once on road, we went from Strawberry Valley, to Challenge, to Brownsville, made a brief stop at the Parker’s house, then Dennis loaded us into his Yukon and drove us all the way back to Dark Day campsite to a waiting group of worried, and annoyed friends. You know what’s interesting? Turns out that of all of

the crazy and incredible stories that Dennis has lived in his incredible life, he also surveyed the Bullard’s Bar Dam as it was being built, and all of the roads and campsites we enjoy

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copies. You might consider joining the local chapter to meet other birders or make a donation to support their wildlife conservation programs. Not every community has 10,000 acres of preserved natural beauty right outside the city limits. Part of that 10,000 acres is the Oroville Wildlife Area’s 5,700 acre

Bird Watching
Photos by B. Johnson ird watching is becoming very popular. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that as of 1996 there was 61 million residential wildlife watchers who travel within one mile of their home and an additional 24 million who travel greater distances. And with good reason—bird watching is easy to do. All you need are eyes and ears. Of course, a good pair of binoculars helps a lot. The general rule of thumb is to buy the best you can afford, but even an inexpensive pair will extend your range. You’ll need to buy a field guide specific to your geographic area so that you can identify the birds you see. As your interest in bird watching increases, you might want to consider keeping a bird watching journal. Digiscoping is also becoming popular. A digiscope is a combination binoculars and digital camera that allows you to document close-up the birds you sight. Avid watchers keep a Bird Life List using software such as Wildlife Recorder or Pocket Bird Recorder. Birders in Butte County have many locations to choose from to enjoy watching, including Gray Lodge Wildlife Management Area, Oroville Wildlife Area and the Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge. The Altacal Audubon Society provides a free brochure “Discover the Birds & Wildlife of Northern California” and a listing of Butte County birds “Birds” of Butte County.” Check their website, to obtain


preserve featuring 12 miles of the Feather River, which creates willow and cottonwood-lined ponds, islands, and channels throughout the preserve. Canoes or car-top boats can be launched in several spots along the river. The preserve is home to 35 species of mammals and 178 species of birds. Most are permanent residents. The Wildlife Area can be accessed 1/4 mile west of Highway 70 off Oro Dam Blvd. to the south. Just two miles north of the Sutter Buttes is the Department of Fish and Game’s Gray Lodge Wildlife Management Area. The area comprises 8,400 acres of prime bird watching activities. Over 206 local species of birds have been sighted along with 29 “accidentals.” It is one of the most intensively developed waterfowl marshlands in the nation, with mallards comprising about 65% of the nesting population. Since it is located in the Pacific Flyway, as many as two million waterfowl have been observed during the peak season, which runs from December through January. Here you can find greater white-fronted, snow and ross’ geese, several species of hawk, pheasants, herons, egrets and numerous ducks. Birders who visit Gray Lodge can use the viewing platform and


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shoes that are waterproof. Sunscreen, a hat or rain gear might also be appropriate. • Bring binoculars or a scope for better viewing. • Bring bottled water, especially on longer outings. • Bring a field guide. If you are a beginning birder,

the photography blind by reservation, travel the trail and auto loop and join in the fall/winter weekend guided walks. The Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge consists of 10,000 acres of riparian habitat and wetlands along a 77-mile stretch of the Sacramento River between Red Bluff and Princeton. The Llano Seco Unit is a particularly popular spot for birders. There are two multi-level viewing platforms, a 2/3-mile hiking trail and an interpretive kiosk. If you enjoy bird photography this area offers many opportunities especially during prime wildlife viewing which is best from November through January. Sandhill cranes are numerous during the fall viewing time. Maps and information are available from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service web site at www. fws.gov/sacramentocalleyrefuges/sacriver. html One of the newest wildlife areas is the Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area. The area is a combination of seasonal wetland, upland and riparian habitats. Migrant waterfowl begin arriving in August and peak at over 500,000 birds in December. Bird species include large numbers of sandhill cranes, peregrine falcons, bald eagles and western yellow-billed cuckoos. A map of birding trails is published by Altacal Audubon Society and lists additional birding areas, such as Lake Red Bluff Discovery Center, Black Butte Lake, Woodson Bridge State Park, Bidwell/Sacramento River State Park, Desabla Reservoir, Road Z, Esquon Road, Cottonwood Road/Nelson Road, Table Mountain, Feather Falls, Feather River/Bedrock Park, Thermalito Forebay and Afterbay. Additional information about locations for bird and wildlife viewing can be obtained from www/experiencebuttecounty.com. Since more than 40 percent of the waterfowl in the Pacific Flyway winters in the Sacramento Valley, the refuges and wildlife areas in Butte County are responsible for meeting the needs of wintering waterfowl and other migratory birds. This is good news to birders in Butte County who have the chance to catch a glimpse of over 206 species, including ruddy ducks, great egrets, tundra swans, golden eagles, barn owls, merlins, killdeer, mourning doves, white-faced ibis, northern pintails, canvasbacks, American bitterns, blackshouldered kits, green-winged teals, northern shovelers, spotted sandpipers and green-backed herons. In addition to local wildlife areas, visitors and residents who enjoy birding can participate in the annual Snow Goose Festival held in late January. This annual event, which takes place over two weeks, includes special events, field trips, educational presentations and workshops. The festival is designed to increase public awareness, understanding, appreciation and conservation of the wildlife and habitats of the northern Sacramento Valley. More information about the event is available at www.snowgoosefestival.org. Before you begin birding in Butte County it is a good idea to review the “etiquette” for bird watchers. Your trip will be more enjoyable and rewarding if you: • Wear clothing suitable to the weather, including comfortable

g e t one that specializes in birds of Northern California. • Be courteous. Walk quietly and slowly. Don’t disrupt animals or habitats. Turn off your cell phone. Do not bring along pets. • Open your eyes and ears! Scan the horizon and trees. Look for prints, feathers and other traces of wildlife. Pick up any litter you find; others will appreciate your consideration. • Leave natural items where they belong. With these simple rules in mind, pack a day bag, sling your binoculars over your shoulder, and explore the fascinating bird world of Butte County. Have a good trip!

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Hike Bald Rock

or a spectacular view of the Sacramento Valley and coastal mountain ranges, hikers will want to make the forty-minute drive from Oroville through Berry Creek and walk the quarter mile trail to Bald Pronounced U-I-No by the Konkow Maidu Indians, Bald Rock is believed to be the home of an evil spirit who guards the Middle Fork of the Feather River. Take Oro-Quincy Highway east out of Oroville 17.8 miles to Bald Rock Road, then 5.8 miles to the Bald Rock trailhead turnoff. The half mile trail from the picnic area is considered“easy,” and it leads to a wonderland of rock formations resembling mushrooms, a duck, a hawk, a snail and even one that has been used as a camper’s lean-to shelter complete with fireplace. Bald Rock is about 3,600 feet above the Feather River. It is the largest exposed piece of white granite north of El Captain in Yosemite Valley. Visitors to the rock have picnicked, gotten married, celebrated the sunrise or sunset and held memorial services on Bald Rock. The trail is open February to December, weather permitting. We suggest you bring your kite, camera, and good binoculars for a great day on the rock. On a clear day, through good binoculars or a telescope, you can see Mt. Lassen in the north and Half Dome in Yosemite in the south. Bald Rock is an easy hike where you spend most of your time exploring the area hopping from rock to rock. It’s a great place to take kids and easy to get to. There is a small parking area downhill from the road and a cleared trail leading to the unique formation and the gorgeous views of the valley. Bald Rock is a magical, spiritual place, but UINO is generous to visitors who respect his perch above the river — especially those who deposit all trash in the containers at the trailhead!

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n May water falls and wild flowers are at their peaks. Spectacular and rugged Feather Falls Scenic Area beckons the adventurous hiker to experience its silver streams and soaring views. In April, May and June water falls and wild flowers are at their peaks. The U.S. Forest Service has maintained several trails in the Scenic Area and established others that are no longer maintained, but still accessible to hike. The most established and popular trail is the one that leads to Feather Falls a beautiful 640-foot waterfall, one of the tallest in the continental United States. This hike starts at the trail head parking lot. Take Forbestown Road to Lumpkin Road, then left on Bryant Ravine Road for 2 miles. Just a 1/4 of a mile from the trail head, the trail splits. The trail to the left is the old trail and goes 3.5 miles to the falls. The trail to the right is the new trail and is 4.5 miles long. The difference is that the longer trail is flatter and easier in spite of its length. Experienced hikers recommend that you go in on the older trail to the left, and go out the newer trail. That plan will help you avoid the last, mile of uphill switchbacks from Frey Creek to the parking lot trail head on the old trail. If you intend to bicycle in or horseback in, it’s best done on the newer 4.5 mile trail. Allow time for picture taking, and for resting at the Forest Service overlook as you gaze in awe at the breathtaking view of the falls.

Markers appear every half mile to show distance traveled. Remember, the last mile on the way back on the strenuous trail is uphill, and can tire those not used to hiking. Allow yourself time to complete the trip before dark. You’ll want to take a lunch, bring a canteen of water and get an early start. An early start is especially recommended in the hot summer. It’s a good idea to have mosquito repellent along, and be aware that there are rattlesnakes in the area. Another area hike is for the more adventurous and surefooted is the short hike to Seven Falls on the South Branch of the Middle Fork. Seven Falls is a series of falls each dropping 60 to 100. The path is a very steep decent of about 3/4 of a mile and leads to the upper falls. The trail head can be found 2.2 miles off Hartman Bar Road. Look for a small turnout on the west side of the road. You can also get to Seven Falls from Milsap Bar on the Middle Fork where a U.S. Forest campground is located. After crossing over the bridge at Milsap Bar continue up the road 3.6 miles to the same small turnout. Remember not to litter. Help preserve the beauty of the area by protecting the plants and flowers so that others may enjoy them. For your own safety and protection, stay on the trail and do not shortcut. Take along plenty of drinking water, and be sure to wear proper clothing for the season and adequate footwear for the hike.

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The Sutter Buttes Hikes


Cathedral Peak fivemile hike takes hikers to a seldom visited, but breathtakingly beautiful route through the Sutter Buttes.


ach year The Yuba Historical Society offers several hiking trips into The Sutter Buttes. One such energetic climb you can join is the Ridge Walker Delight Hike. It takes you to the center of the Sutter Butte volcano. While trekking to this 1,750-foot destination, hikers will view fascinating rock formations looming over the ridge like Easter Island statues. While on top, get an up close perspective of all the peaks in the Buttes as well as the Great Central Valley dominating the horizon. If there is a north wind, hikers will be treated to a glimpse of Mt. Diablo to the south, Mt. Shasta to the north Mt. Saint Helena and Konocti on the western horizon and the Crystal Range surrounding Lake Tahoe to the east. This seven-hour excursion typically includes talks on topics such as Sutter Butte geology, the mountain’s unique biology, and stories of the Maidu and Wintun Indians who view the mountain as a sacred landform.

Entering through the northern portion of the volcanic mountain you will come upon “Cathedral Peak” an amazing volcanic feature to behold, appearing like a Gothic steeple on the Buttes’ northwestern castle core and bristling with hundreds of rock slabs stacked and twisted by subterranean forces. The mountain’s twin, Destiny Peak is an equal attraction, with its weathered andesite pocketed by countless caverns. The ultimate destination is a prominence overlooking Braggs Canyon, the largest canyon within this cluster of isolated hills and peaks in the center of the Sacramento Valley. Hikes cost $35 for Yuba Historical Society members and $45 for non-members, discounts for children age 12 and under. Memberships starts at $15. To learn more phone Daniel at 530-846-3024, email: daniel@ yubahistory.com or visit the website: www.yubahistory.com


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A Park Paintball
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the very first electro-pneumatic paintball gun, the Shocker. In 1993, another event had mass influence on the growth of paintball, the National Professional Paintball League (NPPL) “DC Cup” was aired live on ESPN from Washington. In 1996, paintball was raised to the third most popular extreme sport with tournaments played in over 60 countries. The U.S. military uses paintball to simulate certain exercises and the Butte County SWAT teams use the Oroville Combat Zone to practice tactics. The Combat Zone located at 4444 Pacific Heights Rd. in Oroville, California is considered by some to be Northern California’s finest paintball park. The Combat Zone caters to both young and old, groups large and small. The park offers wooded field play, target practice, speedball even speedball at night. Combat Zone features six playing fields on about 20 acres. Experienced referees run the games and they are available to answer questions and handle any problems that might arise. S c e nario (tournament) games involving from 150 to 300 players


aintball as a sport started in 1981, but the history of the paintball dates back to 1976, when Hayes Noel, a stock trader, Bob Gurnsey, and Charles Gaines were walking home and chatting about Gaines’ recent trip to Africa and his experiences hunting buffalo. Inspired by Richard Connell’s The Most Dangerous Game, the friends came up with the idea to create a game where they could stalk and hunt each other. In 1981 in New Hampshire, the group used a“Nel-spot 007”pistol (normally used by farmers and ranchers for marking trees and livestock) to fire balls of paint. Twelve people participated in this first game, which was a “capture the flag” scenario between two teams. The winner captured all flags without firing a shot. One of the first names given to the sport that we now call paintball was “The National Survival Game.” This name reflects the nature of paintball as it was first played – a small group of friends getting together in the woods to play total elimination games. Sometimes the friends broke into teams to play each other, but most paintball games were “every man for himself.” Over the years, recreational paintball has become more sophisticated. Because more people were playing at one time, using teams became the standards. Different game variations began to form. The most popular paintball game became “capture the flag”, but offensive/defensive scenarios also were popular. In the 1990s, paintball had massive developments improving the popularity in this extreme sport with

are held throughout the year and set in different themes like Civil War, Star Ship Troops, Alice in Wonderland, even Reindeer Games for Christmas. Company parties, family BBQs, birthday, graduation and bachelor/bachelorette parties are common events at Combat Zone. Combat Zone events can also be used as a fund raiser with 20% of the proceeds going to the cause. Individuals and teams novice to experienced are welcome to play. If you’re new to the sport or just want to find out more about it, you’re welcome to stop by and watch. The hours are 4 pm to 8 pm Friday; 9am to 8 pm Saturday; 10 am to 4 pm Sunday. Weekdays by appointment. You can get more information at www.combatzonepaintball.com or by calling 530-533-5300 during operating hours or 530-370-5796 during non-operating hours.

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Catch The Updrafts


And See Lake Oroville And Table Mountain From 1 Mile High
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Black Bear Diner Blondie’s

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Boss Burgers

2482 Montgomery St., Oroville • 530.534.8806 Bountiful Buffet (inside Gold Country Casino) 4020 Olive Highway, Oroville • 530.538.4560 The Cafe (inside Gold Country Casino) 4020 Olive Highway, Oroville • 530.538.4560

M-F 10:30a-8p Sa-Su 11a-8p $3-$9.50 Breakfast M-F-Sa 7-10:30a Dinner Lunch M-F 11a-3, Sa-Su 9a-3 Dinner Su-Th 4-9p,F-Sa 4-10p $9.99-$16.99 24 Hours/7 Days M-F 5:30a-9p Sa-Su 6a-9p 24 Hours / 7 Days 24 Hours / 7 Days M-Th 11a-2p & 5-9p F-Su 11a-10p Su-Th 7a-9p F-Sa 7-10p M-W 4-11p Th-Su 11a-11p 7 Days 10:30a-10p Su-Th 5a-9p F-Sa 5a-10p M-F 6:30a-3p M-Sa 6-2p M-Sa 6a-8p Sun 11a-8p Tu-Sa 11a-8p Sn 9a-3p M-Sa 8a-9p M-Sa 10:30a-9p Su 11a-8p 7 Days 11a-8p M-Sa 10a-8p M-Su 11a-8p Su-Th 6a-12a F-Sa 6a-1a

Cassidy’s Family Restaurant

Cornucopia Denny’s

491 Oro Dam Blvd., Oroville • 530.533.7565 515 Montgomery St., Oroville • 530.534.9025 2470 Oro Dam Blvd. E, Oroville • 530.532.1624 2191 High Street, Oroville • 530.533.3184 3 Alverada Dr., Oroville • 530.533.3885 3 Alverda Dr., Oroville • 530.533.3885 970 Oro Dam Blvd. E, Oroville • 530.534.0485 935 Oro Dam Blvd. E., Oroville • 530.533.9332 109 Table Mt. Blvd., Oroville • 530.533.9655 1905 Mitchell Ave., Oroville • 530-534-5236 1751 Oro Dam Blvd. E., Oroville • 530.534.8588 5131 Royal Oaks Dr., Oroville • 530.589.0774 2053 Montgomery St., Oroville • 530.533.1722 2896 Olive Hwy., Oroville • 530.533.5780 3166 Olive Hwy, Oroville • 530.532.0692 3004 Olive Hwy., Oroville • 530.533.7136 500 Oro Dam Blvd., Oroville • 530.533.2324 4020 Olive Highway, Oroville • 530.538.4560 2107 Feather River Blvd., Oroville

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Mike’s Grande Jumbo Burgers Righteous Burger Ron’s Drive-In Sonic Drive-in

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ABC China Restaurant
1580 Highway 99, Gridley • 530.846.2254 Corner of Hwy 99 • 130 Magnolia, Gridley • 530.846.5152 1560 Huntoon St., Oroville • 530.533.4042 1835 Oro Dam Blvd. E., Oroville • 530.532.7930

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Casa Lupe Restaurant

Casa Vieja Restaurant

Chiangmai Thai Restaurant El Tamborazo Restaurant
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Francisco’s Mexican Restaurant

La Comida

$1.30-$6.99 $1.25-$7.00 $5.95-$23 $5.95-$23 $4-$12 $6-$9.99 $.99-$5.99 $.99-$5.99

La Esmeralda Los Compadres Mexican Restaurant Lucky Jin
2359 Myers St., Oroville • 530.533.2609 1751 #14 Oro Dam Blvd., Oroville • 530.532.9344 771 Oro Dam Blvd. Suite W, Oroville • 530.693.4561

Papacitos Pho Noodle House Taco Bell Taco Bell
2590 Feather River Blvd., Oroville •530.533.1066 1898 Bird St., Oroville • 530.532.9630 2660 Olive Hwy, Oroville • 530.534.1020

Taqueria Estrella
1361 Feather River Blvd., Oroville • 530.532.4939
$3.50-$6 $3.50-$6.50 $3-$6 $.99-$6.85 $4.50-$12

Taqueria Maria’s Fermen Taqueria Palermo Teriyaki Express
1096 Oro Dam Blvd. E, Oroville • 530.533.8383 240 Table Mtn. Blvd., Oroville • 530.532.9219 2020 Palermo Rd., Palermo • 530.534.4152

Tong Fong Low (Charlie’s)
2051 Robinson St., Oroville • 530.533.1488

Uncle Pings

1958 Robinson., Oroville • 530.533.3851

M-F 11a-2:30p & 4:30-9p Sa 11a-8p $6-$7

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Buckshot Grill

490 B Street, Gridley • 530.868.1500 9607 Oro Quincy Hwy., Berry Creek • 530.589.4383 1382 Myers St., Oroville • 530.534.3444 980 Oro Dam Blvd., Oroville • 530.538.8544 116 Table Mtn. Blvd., Oroville • 530.534.8503 1661 Feather River Blvd., Oroville • 530.534.9926

M-Sa 10a-8p 7 DAYS 9a-9p M-F 6:30a-3:30p Sa 8a-2p M-F 5:30a-7p Sa-Su 6:30a-7p M-F 5a-4:30p Sa 6a-1p M-F 5a-6p, Sa 6a-3:30p Su 6a-2p M-F 6a-6p, Sa 7a-5p

$1-$11 $1.50-$7

Canyon Creek Roadhouse, Cafe & Store Coffee Diem & Internet Cafe (The) Good Earth Lots’ A Java Lots’ A Java

$2-$7.50 $2-$7.50 $1-$6 $1-$6 $1-$6 $3-$7 $2.50-$4

Muggers Drive-Thru Coffee & More

2525 Feather River Blvd., Oroville (across from Wal-Mart) • 530.534.8282 Su 8a-2:30p 2040 Montgomery St., Oroville • 530.538.8342
M-F 6a-5p Sa 7a-4:30p, Su 8a-2p M-F 6:30a-2p Su-Th5a-9p F-Sa 5a-10p

Mugshots Coffee House & Internet Café Richvale Café Starbucks
5285 Midway, Richvale • 530.882.4421 1653 Hwy. 99, Gridley • 530.846.4693

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Clear Creek Crossing
3772 Durham-Pentz Rd. • 530.343.4289 434 Plumas Dr., Oroville • 530.533.3414 1124 Oro Dam Blvd., Oroville • 530.538.9035

M-F 6a-7p

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Collins & Denny Market

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Sa-Su 10a-6p
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Quizno’s Sub Rick’s Royal Subs
1115-A Oro Dam Blvd., Oroville • 530.534.7730


Roxy’s Golden Poppy Deli
1963 Mongomery St., Oroville • 530.534.4800
M-F 10a-4p M-Th 7a-9p, F 7a-10p Sa-Su 8a-9p M-Th 7a-9p, F 7a-10p Sa-Su 8a-9p M-Th 7a-9p, F 7a-10p Sa-Su 8a-9p M-Sa 8a-7p Su 8a-6p
$3.50+ $2-$8 $5-$8 $1.29-$8.58 $2.99-$6.50

Subway Sandwiches & Salads
1900 Oro Dam Blvd. E., Oroville • 530.534.7827

Subway Sandwiches & Salads
455-C Oro Dam Blvd. E., Oroville • 530.538.9237

Subway Sandwiches & Salads
1540 Hwy. 99, Gridley • 530.846.0333

Wagon Wheel
4607 Olive Hwy, Oroville • 530.589.1824

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Celestino’s New York Pizza

2588 Olive Hwy #A & #B, Oroville • 530.534.3333 2260-A Oro Dam Blvd., Oroville • 530.532.1100 1548 Hwy 99, Gridley • 530.797.9145 1901 Oro Dam Blvd., Oroville • 530.533.9660 451 Oro Dam Blvd. E., Oroville • 530.534.9612 1751 Oro Dam Blvd., Oroville • 530.538.8454 1124 Oro Dam Blvd., Oroville • 530.533.6710 1516 Hwy. 99, Gridley • 530.846.8077 2890 Olive Hwy., Oroville • 530.534.8844 950 Hazel St., Gridley • 530.846.0600

Sa-Th 11a-9:30p F 11a-10p Sn-Th 11a-10p F-Sa 11a-10:30p 7 days a week, 11a-9p Su-Th 11a-10p F-Sa 11a-11p F-Sa 11a-12a Su-Th 11a-11p M-Th 10a-8p F-Sa 10a-9p Su-Th 11a-10p F-Sa 11a-11p Sa-Th 11a-10p F 11a-10:30p 7 days a week, 11a-10p M-Sa 10a-9p Su 11a-9p

$2.75-$20 $5-$13 $1.75-$35 $3.45-$30 $3-$10

Little Caesars

Mountain Mikes Pizza - Gridley

Mountain Mikes Pizza - Oroville

Pizza Hut

Papa Murphy’s

Round Table Pizza Round Table Pizza

$.38-$31 $5-$30 $12-$20 $1.45-$23.85

Shakey’s Pizza Parlor

Sylvio’s Pizzeria & Deli

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935 Oro Dam Blvd., Oroville · 533-9332

Itʼs Always Good At The Grill

Montgomery & Hwy 70 • Oroville • 534-9025

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Americas Best Value Inn
580 Oroville Dam Blvd, Oroville • 530.533.7070 1475 Feather River Blvd, Oroville • 530.533.2121 1470 Feather River Blvd, Oroville • 530.533.9673 1745 Feather River Blvd, Oroville • 530.533.3297 4 Alverda Dr., Oroville • 530.533.3885 4020 Olive Hwy, Oroville • 800.334.9400 1490 Hwy 99, Gridley • 530.846.4520 550 Oro Dam Blvd., Oroville • 530.534.5566

Budget Inn

MOteLs & HOteLs

Super 8

(The) Days Inn Feather Falls Casino & Hotel Gold Country Casino & Hotel Gridley Inn Holiday Inn Express Motel 6
505 Montgomery St, Oroville • 530.532.9400 1835 Feather River Blvd, Oroville • 530.533.8201 1527 Feather River Blvd, Oroville • 530.533.3930

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801 Bidwell Canyon Rd., Oroville • 530.538.2200 5813 Pacific Heights Rd., Oroville • 530.533.9343 3 Alverda Dr., Oroville • 530.533.9020 Lime Saddle Rd., Paradise • 530.876.8516 Hwy 162 (Olive Hwy), Oroville • 530.538.2217 4360 Pacific Heights Rd., Oroville • 530.533.1995

75 38 43 45 137 100 Carriage House Saloon–Gridley
960 Hazel St. 530.846.6000 M-Sa 3pm-Close Beer & Wine • Full Bar

Dingerville USA

Feather Falls KOA

Lime Saddle Campground

Loafer Creek Campground

River Reflection RV Park & Campground Bootlegger
6093 Lincoln Blvd. 530.532.7519 M-F 8am-Close

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1301 Lumpkin Rd. 530.589.1172 7 Days a Week • 11am–11pm Lunch/Dinner • Wine/Beer Credit Cards • Tiny store for camper’s convenience





Foothill Lounge
3470 Foothill Blvd. 530.533.2942 M-Th 11am-Close F-Sa 10am-2am Sun 10am-Close

Bungalow Bar– Gridley
101 Virginia St. 7 Days 12pm-2am




3035 Oro Dam Blvd. 530.534.1394 Full Bar 7 Days 6am-2am



Miners Ranch Saloon
5250 Olive Hwy, Ste. E 530.589.1941 7 Days 11am-2am

Montgomery St. Pub
1933 Montgomery St. 530.533.0900 7 Days a Week 4 pm–2 am Tu.& Th Karaoke-9 pm Sun Football-10am

Piggs Pub Notty Room
1171 Oro Dam Blvd. W 7 Days 10am-Close 3070 Myers St. 530.533.9843 7 Days a Week 9am-2am F-Su-Free Pool • Full Bar Happy Hour Daily- 5pm-7pm

Western Pacific Brewing
2191 High St. 530.534.9101 7 Days • 11am-Close Beer & Wine • Full Bar

2021 Baldwin Ave. 530.533.3700 Full Bar 7 Days 10am-2am


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California’s Gold Country is where you’ll find our gated resort community. At our senior community, we offer custom homes from the mid-$70,000s. View lots. Creekside walking trails. Two pools. Clubhouse. Billiards. Arts and Crafts building. Clubs and other activities. Fishing, boating, camping and more close by at Lake Oroville. Come See Us Any Day From 10am–5pm.
185 Clubhouse Parkway • Oroville, CA 95966

Please Call (530) 589-5000 or Toll Free: (800) 700-5522 for a brochure

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Discover Oroville’s Historic Treasures
Visit Museum Row!
Feather River
Chinese Temple
Pioneer His tory Museum

Feather River

Your Passport to Oroville’s 5 Treasured Museums
Passports available at City Hall 1735 Montgomery St., Oroville & online at cityoforoville.org
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