Lake Oroville is a reservoir formed by the Oroville Dam enclosing the Feather River. Located five miles (8.0 km) northeast of the city of Oroville, it is the second-largest reservoir in California, and is known for storing water, providing flood control, recreation, and a habitat for fish and wildlife.
The lake is a nationally renowned for its bass fishing and coho salmon (which are stocked by the Feather River Fish Hatchery).
For more information, visit Lake Oroville’s home page.
*Driving distance from Dance Hall is 6 miles (about 12 minutes). View map ▷
Oroville Chinese Temple
The Oroville Chinese Temple, built in 1863 (funded by the Emperor and Empress of China), served as a place of worship for over 10,000 Chinese immigrants. Opened to the public in 1949, the temple is now a historic landmark. The museum is best known for its Tapestry Hall, three chapels and its impressive meditation garden with plants that originated in China.
Table Mountain, a mesa created by ancient lava (basalt) flows, is a plant and wildlife reserve that is open to the public. The reserve’s expansive vistas, wildflowers, waterfalls, lava outcrops, and rare Northern Basalt Flow Vernal Pools make it a popular attraction for hikers, photographers, locals and tourists alike.
To learn more, visit California Department of Fish and Wildlife (North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve) Site 1 and Site 2
*Driving distance from Dance Hall is 7.17 miles (about 17 minutes). View map ▷
The Pioneer Museum, built as an over sized replica of a 49ers cabin, offers a peek into the history of Northern California’s gold rush pioneers (up until the late 1920s). The museum’s collection includes gold mining equipment (like a miner’s vest tailored to hold different size nuggets) along with an Indian artifact display.
Bolt’s Antique Tool Museum
Bolts Tool Museum, the largest tool museum in the U.S, features over 12,000 tools, including tools from 4,000 years ago, a barbed-wire collection, old gas pumps, and 235 tools representing 51 different railroads. There are also nutcrackers, knife sharpeners, toasters, rug beaters, ice and coal tools, blacksmith tools, amputation tools, grease guns, battery testers, an entire wall of monkey wrenches, and an “Anal-O-Scope” from the late 1950s.
Feather River Fish Hatchery
The Feather River Fish Hatchery spawns, rears and releases Spring & Fall Run Chinook salmon (of Feather River origin) and Steelhead trout (a form of rainbow trout). Depending on the time of year (mid September-June), visitors have the opportunity to view the migrating fish through underwater displays and also see the fish travel up fish ladders to holding tanks. Guided tours of the hatchery are available.
To learn more, visit, Ca.gov and trip advisor Feather River Fish Hatchery
*Driving distance from Dance Hall is .72 miles (about 2 minutes). View map ▷
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Lake Oroville Visitor Center
The Oroville Visitor Center features displays of wildlife, the gold rush era, state water projects, the Beckwourth Trail across the Sierra Nevada and the Maidu Indians. Visitors can also enjoy an audio visual room with on-request videos and a 47-foot viewing tower overlooking the dam and lake.
Bidwell Bar Suspension Bridge
The Bidwell Bar Bridge was the first steel suspension bridge built in California (1855) and was used primarily by the county’s booming gold mining community. When construction of the Oroville dam flooded the canyon, preservationists had the bridge relocated in 1966 to Bidwell Canyon (its current location). It is now registered as a California Historical Landmark and is open to the public.
Whether an avid biker or a recreational tourist, Oroville offers a diverse range of biking trails that showcase a beautiful and expansive Northern California countryside. From lakes, rivers and waterfalls, to the breathtaking views of the rolling hills and valleys, Oroville is the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts.
To learn more, visit, lakeorovillebiciclists.org
The Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation
The Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation, founded in 1994, provides a wildlife sanctuary for wild and exotic animals and also serves as an educational park and research center. The foundation houses a variety of species that range from native animals such as Mountain Lions and Great Horned Owls to foreign species like African and Asiatic Leopards. The foundation is volunteer based and funded by donations and the support of visitors.
Oroville’s beautiful scenery and California weather lends itself well to outdoor recreation and is the proud home of several golf courses:
Table Mountain Golf Course
Designed by Louis Bertolone in 1956, Table Mountain is an 18 hole regulation course and features 6,690 yards of golf for a par of 72.
To learn more, visit, tablemountaingolf.com
*Driving distance from Dance Hall is 4.8 miles (about 8 minutes). View map ▷
Kelly Ridge Golf Course
Designed by Homer Flint in 1974, Kelly Ridge is a semi-private 9 hole course. Par for course is 33. From the forward tees the course measures 1,863 yards.
To learn more, visit, golfcourseranking.com
*Driving distance from Dance Hall is 6.5 miles (about 13 minutes). View map ▷
Dingerville USA Golf Club & RV Resort
Dingerville is a 9 hole par 3 golf course measuring 1,271 yards.
To learn more, visit, roadtrippers.com
*Driving distance from Dance Hall is 7.7 miles (about 13 minutes). View map ▷