Oroville is a modest city in Butte County, located in Northwest California. This part of the state was the setting of the California Gold Rush in the 19th century, and Oroville was no exception. The original mining town was swallowed by the water once the Oroville Dam constructed. The natural surroundings of the Oroville area are very varied, with the floodplains of the Sacramento River in the north and the Sierra Nevada in the southeast.
The over 15,000 people of Oroville, California, have plenty of ways to keep their dogs occupied. One of the best options is the Pat Alley Memorial Dog Park which is part of the Feather River Recreation & Park District. This dog run offers two large areas - one for small breeds and the other for larger breeds. While the park is not lavish when it comes to amenities, the sheer size for dogs to run around and play makes up for it.
There also other options available. The Oroville State Wildlife area offers an estimate of 12.000 acres forest land with meandering rivers. The woodlands are not only popular with fishermen and birdwatchers. Dog owners can enjoy this breathtaking area as long as their dogs are leashed. The Spenceville Wildlife and Recreation Area offers a similar experience.
Downtown Oroville is also known as the historic neighborhood of Oroville. There are places to walk, shop and eat in this downtown area. Small breeds of dogs are more common than large because of rental restrictions on large ones. The Bedrock Park at 1101 5th Avenue gives a downtown dog a place to get some on-leash exercise. This park has some shade and a bench for a person to rest afterwards. The Rotary Park takes up an entire city block at 1200 Stafford Street. The Rotary Park has numerous walkways, a playground, and it makes for a perfect setting for a picnic lunch for two.
The southern part of the city has a few activities for dog and person. Hammon Park at 105 Hammon is a new 5.5-acre park that provides a shaded area for some on-leash exercise. Large grassy areas give dogs a place to run, roll, and sniff the clean air. Bring the kids, too -- this park has playground areas for big and little kids, making it the pawfect place. After a few hours at the park, everybody’s sure to work up an appetite. But don’t worry -- the South Oroville neighborhood has a great Fido-friendly restaurant. The Gold City Grill at 935 Oro Dam Blvd. is has an outdoor dining where dogs are welcome to dine.The food can be ordered to go as well.
Thermalito is a country-like area of Oroville. The most notable attraction here is the Oroville Wildlife Area. This large nature preserve includes gorgeous lakes for boating and fishing. Dogs can take a swim in the lake, and there is so much nature for dogs and people to explore. After a day out in nature, a stop at Pampered Pets at 46 Orpond Lane for a mutts-needed cleanup is a good idea. Lake water can linger on the fur, and the spa treatment at Pampered Pets can restore freshness to a dog’s coat. Fido’s been a good boy, so he deserves a little pampering!
Oroville East is a very sparsely populated area of Oroville. It is a country setting, and dogs like it! A dog and human companion have many opportunities to explore their wild roots. This area has the Loafer Ridge and the Kelly Ridge Recreation Areas. Kelly Ridge has a beautiful vast marina. There is a spectacular 640 ft. waterfall, so be sure to bring your camera. It’s the pawfect place to camp, boat, fish, and do some horseback riding. Dogs may camp, but must stay on-leash during their visit. Loafer Ridge is another place to camp. It, too, has a large lake with a boat launch.There are also many trails to walk on. Some trails are dedicated horse trails so watch where you step!
Twenty-three miles to the west of Oroville is the town of Chico. Chico is worth the drive because it has two off-leash places for dogs to get a good run in. The first is Degarmo Dog Park, located at 199 Leora Court. This off-leash dog park is new. There are shaded areas for a person to rest while a dog plays and socializes. Waste receptacles are provided for handy cleanups. The second area is Bidwell Park, located at 1968 East 8th Street. Bidwell is a park with a series of scenic trails with some dedicated to off-leash walking. Dogs must be polite to walk off-leash here, and the person is responsible for making sure their friend responds to voice commands.