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Lake oroville Visitors Center

Learn what it took to build the Nation's tallest dam and California's second-largest reservoir by touring the Visitor's Center. There's free movies to watch, exhibits on the California State Water Project, a 46-foot viewing tower with free telescopes, and information on gold mining and Native American history. The Visitor's Center is open every day from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. You can call them at 530.538.2219.

Feather River Fish Hatchery

Every fall thousands of salmon and steelhead make an incredible trek from the Pacific Ocean up the Delta and several rivers to Oroville's Feather River Fish Hatchery. Open 8:00 AM to sunset, the hatchery's self-guided tour shows every step of the process to harvest, produce and ultimately save these fish. Viewing is best in September, when the ladder first opens. Typically, salmon viewing is good in September through November, and steelhead are most visible from late December to early February. For more information, please call the Hatchery at 530.533.2222. For tours please call 530.534.2306.

Oroville Dam

Once called the ninth wonder of the world, the Oroville Dam is the tallest dam in the United States, besting Hoover Dam by more than 40 feet. Built between 1962 and 1968, the Oroville Dam is comprised of more than 85 million cubic yards of earth. Tours are available by appointment only. Please call 530.534-2306 for more information.

Feather River Nature Center

Oroville Gold Rush history is centered on the Feather River, where General John Bidwell first struck gold in 1849. The Feather River Nature Center, perched on the southern shore of the river, is a monument to that exciting era. Constructed of river rock, the Nature Center was once a bath house for gold miners and now serves as a nice place to relax by the river. The grounds are open every day from sunrise to sunset; tours are available by calling 530.533.5936.