Oroville’s Bounties

This my first blog since joining the Realty World – Best Realty team this past August.  I thought it best to familiarize Buyers with the area I live and work in. 

Oroville is a town where many people come to play and end up buying either their primary home here or a vacation home.  Oroville is one of the fastest growing towns in California with 11.9% increase in population between 2000-2007.  Oroville is an all season vacation site.  Biking, hiking and horseback trails abound.  There are campgrounds and horse campgrounds. You can fish and swim in the Feather River that flows to us from the Sierra Nevadas through the Feather River Canyon into the lake, flows back out of the dam and continues through Thermalito and Oroville and on South. You can fish, swim, boat, jet ski on Lake Oroville. There are two marinas on Lake Oroville, Bidwell Marina and Lime Saddle Marina. You can Kayak at the After Bay.  You can MotoX at the Clay Pits and other areas.  We have the annual Mud and Crawl, challenging rock courses and mud bogs for those off road enthusiasts. As you can see, there is much to do for outdoor enthusiasts.  We have numerous wineries and a new brewery.  Many olive ranches that produce their own olive products. Numerous citrus farms and an apple farm.

The city limits of Oroville are not nearly as big as the “greater” Oroville area which is comprised of diverse areas such as  Berry Creek, Brush Creek, Cherokee, Concow, East Foothills, Feather Falls, Las Plumas, Palermo, Table Mountain, Thermalito, the Upper East Foothills, and Yankee Hill. 

One of the main attractions of Oroville is the Oroville Dam, the largest earthen dam which holds back the immense volume of water called Lake Oroville. Lake Oroville has 167 miles of shoreline and 24 square miles of surface area, with fingers stretching to many of the greater Oroville areas.  Lake Oroville has on it the first suspension bridge built in California. Oroville and the greater Oroville area has history going back to the Gold Rush days and beyond.  Much gold was found all around Oroville and up into the mountains in Feather Falls, Forbestown, Cherokee to name a few. 

Hike the trail into the gorgeous Feather Falls, the sixth tallest falls (640′)  in theUnited States of America. Drive across the original covered bridge in Cherokee. Hike to Bald Rock in Berry Creek which is steeped in indian lore and boasts of many different natural rock formations.  One Indian  story is of “Uino” who protects the Middle Fork of the Feather River from his dwelling atop Bald Rock.  It is a breath-taking view of the water ways, the Coastal Mountain range and the Sacramento Valley. Kayak at Fall River up in Berry Creek or the Feather River in the Feather River Canyon.  The Feather River Canyon is a must see with tunnels bored out of solid granite and rock cliffs that skirt the gorgeous Feather River.  Sit atop the world on Table Mountain by the “O” where you get a totally different perspective. Table Mountain also has a lot of lore about it and draws hundreds of visitors each year to view the rare wildflowers that share themselves year after year.  The blue and purple lupines and the Golden California poppies are just two of the types of flowers.  For the Jeep enthusiasts, we have the Rock Crawls each year.  Numerous Bass Tournaments on Lake Oroville per year. Two golf courses.  Feather Falls Casino and Gold Country Casino offer great entertainment, big name artists and pro-boxing as well as poker tournaments.

Notable residents of Oroville are Ishi, the last of the Yahi Indian tribe, Chuck Yeager who broke the sound barrier, Gary Nolan who played professional baseball, Erle Stanley Gardner who is the Perry Mason author, Bobby Chacon who was a professional boxer, Black Bart who was the “gentleman” robber, and just recently it came to light that Lorraine Henry graduated from high school here..she went on to marry Sullenberger, the courageous pilot who landed in the Hudson River earlier this year saving all the passengers on board.

You get a variety of terrain here from flat to the foothills to the mountain communities where they get snow. From downtown Oroville, you can drive 20 minutes and reach the forests. Beautiful sunrises and sunsets.  We have it ALL!

If small town atmosphere is what you are looking for, you have found it.  This is a great community!! I have lived here for over 35 years and love it.