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One Mile Recreation Area

One Mile Recreation Area

One-Mile Recreation Area is located within Lower Bidwell Park, just a few blocks from downtown Chico and easily accessible from East 4th Street. Enjoy swimming at Sycamore Pool, barbecues, softball, horseshoe pits and more. The extent of One Mile is from Pine Street to Highway 99, although the walking/biking trails extend beyond the highway


For those interested in swimming, the Sycamore Pool, located at the One-Mile Recreation Area, is a concrete pool built around Big Chico Creek, which makes for a unique swimming experience. Lifeguards are on duty from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend each year at the pool. When swimming in Big Chico Creek, be sure to use caution. Water which may appear to be shallow and/or slow moving can actually be swift and powerful. Don’t be a victim! Stay in areas where there is no white water. When possible, swim with friends. Also, as with all other activities, bring enough drinking water to stay hydrated.


One-Mile Recreation has lots of easy paths leading to and from the main swimming area and is a perfect spot for a relaxing walk through the abundant trees.

Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas for large parties and events can be reserved by calling the Chico Park Division at (530) 896-7800.

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