Top 15 Things to Do in Oroville According to TripAdvisor
With its roots in the Gold Rush and unique outdoor recreation opportunities, Oroville offers a wide range of activities to explore. Not sure where to begin? Start with our list of the Top 15 things to do in Oroville, according to TripAdvisor. These are the highest-rated attractions according to locals and visitors, so you know your visit will be a great one!
#1 Table Mountain
Table Mountain’s top spot on this list is well-deserved. The unique basalt rocks that cover the North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve make it a seasonal marvel, with waterfalls and vernal pools springing to life come the first rains and vibrant wildflowers as far as the eye can see come spring. When you visit, remember to stay on the trails, leave the flowers where they are, take your trash with you, and give the grazing cattle a wide berth.
#2 Lake Oroville Visitor Center
If Lake Oroville is the reason for your visit (or even if it’s not!), you have to make sure to stop by the Lake Oroville Visitors Center. With a museum, exhibits, interpretive displays, a live feed of the spillway, and so much more, it’s the ultimate destination to learn about the dam and its role in the city of Oroville and in the state. Don’t forget to climb the 47-foot viewing tower for a 360-view of the dam and lake!
#3 Chinese Temple Museum Complex
The Chinese Temple and Museum Complex was built in 1863 to serve the largest community of Chinese north of Sacramento. While still occasionally used for worship, the temple today is a museum showcasing an extensive collection of tapestries, Chinese and American costumes, and general artifacts highlighting the contributions of the CHinese community to the area during the Gold Rush and late 19th century.
#4 Lake Oroville State Recreation Area
Encompassing the trails, marinas, and campgrounds around Lake Oroville, the Lake Oroville State Recreation Area is a state park unit that you could spend days exploring. From camping right on the water to renting houseboats to hiking on beautiful trails with lake views, everyone can find something to enjoy around Lake Oroville.
#5 Feather Falls Casino
Beer enthusiasts will want to check out Feather Falls Casino, which has its own brewing company and serves up award-winning craft beers as well as an extensive lunch and dinner menu and live music on Fridays and Saturdays. Come for a great meal before heading to other Oroville adventures or stay and try your hand at their slots or black jack tables.
#6 Feather River Fish Hatchery
Constructed to compensate for the change in the flow of the Feather River when the Oroville Dam was built, the Feather River Fish Hatchery today sees over 51,000 fish return to it each year. For visitors, this means great views of annual salmon and trout migrations as well as tours of the hatchery itself, where you can learn all about the fish life cycle and relationship with the hatchery.
#7 Feather Falls Scenic Trail
Feather Falls Scenic Trail is a beautiful hike to one of California’s most beautiful waterfalls. The 7-9 mile hike is well worth the view of Feather Falls, a Yosemite-style waterfall (without the crowds) with a 410-foot drop.
Due to extensive damage from the North Complex Fire, Feather Falls, the trail, and its surrounding areas ARE CLOSED THROUGH MARCH 2024 to hiking, hunting, camping, and fishing due to ongoing recovery efforts.
#8 Gold Country Casino
Located just minutes from Lake Oroville, Gold Country Casino boasts three restaurants and an event center that hosts a variety of live entertainment acts year-round,, making it a worthwhile stop on your way to or from your day on the lake.
#9 The Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary
Since 1994, the Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary has been home to a remarkable variety of non-releasable, endangered, and exotic live animals. Whether you enjoy a self-guided tour or one led by an interpretive guide, you’ll discover a wide variety of wildlife, including mountain lions, owls, foxes, and more!
#10 Bolt’s Antique Tool Museum
The only known location of its kind in the world, Bolt’s Antique Tool Museum is a uniquely Oroville attraction, displaying over 12,000 hand tools from across the centuries. With informational and history displays, hands-on tools, and knowledgeable docents on-hand, you’ll leave with a greater appreciation of the wide range and application of hand tools.
#11 Long Creek Winery and Ranch
Located on 26 beautiful acres close to Lake Oroville, Long Creek Winery and Ranch offers an idyllic location for some weekend wine tasting or even your next event. Sip in the tasting room, stroll the property, and enjoy a picnic by the pond and park area for a relaxing afternoon.
#12 Grey Fox Vineyards
Savor your tasting of four estate-grown varietals and other creative blends at Gray Fox Vineyards. Whether you enjoy outside on the large patio or inside in the beautiful tasting room, you’ll love the expansive views of the vineyards and Sutter Buttes as you sip.
#13 Mother Orange Tree
The Mother Orange Tree is the oldest living orange tree in California. Planted in 1856 at Bidwell’s Bar, the Mother Orange was moved in 1964 during the construction of the Oroville Dam to its current location, where you can read more about this piece of living California history on an interpretive display.
#14 The Last Yahi Indian Monument
On the Oro Quincy Highway, not far from the Mother Orange Tree, you’ll find the Last Yahi Indian Monument. Also known as the Ishi Marker, it marks the discovery site of Ishi, a Yahi Yana Indian and the last of his people. Make a brief stop at the moment and then learn more about Ishi at the Lake Oroville Visitors Center.
#15 North Thermalito Forebay
Looking for a calm water spot with a sandy beach in the middle of California? You’ll find it at the North Thermalito Forebay! Featuring 200 yards of sandy shoreline for sunbathing and cool waters from Lake Oroville for swimming, you can also launch your non-power-driven boat—or even rent a kayak or paddle board from the nearby Forebay Aquatic Center! With picnic areas and amenities, it’s a great spot for the whole family to enjoy.