Discover Butte County

Discover Butte County

Recreationally Rich

Get Out and Explore

With lakes, rivers, and wetlands throughout the region, Butte County offers ample opportunity for immersive adventures of serene hikes, magnificent bird-watching, or fishing excursions.

The Pacific Flyway ranks as one of the greatest migratory pathways in the world. Millions of birds use this great avian highway each year, and nowhere is this abundance of wildlife more accessible than right here in Butte County. With an ideal combination of mild winter weather, abundant food, and rich quantities of water, the area attracts a huge wintering population, making it an ideal location for bird-watching throughout most of the year.

For fishing hobbyists and pros alike there are several respectable spots to cast a line. Butte Creek, Lake DeSabla, Paradise Lake, Philbrook Reservoir, and the Sacramento River are popular locations for a morning near the water, whether by yourself or with friends and family. But if you’re looking for your chance to catch “The Big One,” set your GPS to Lake Oroville and the Feather River.

Take a look at these featured stories for more in-depth detail about the adventures you’ll have in Butte County, and don’t forget to download our Visitors Guide!

Millions of birds and hundreds of species use the Pacific Flyway each year, and nowhere is this abundance of wildlife more accessible than right here in Butte County, with bird watching year-round.

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Official Visitors Guide