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History of Paradise


Where is Paradise? Paradise is located in Northern California in Butte County, 490 miles north of Los Angeles, 175 miles northeast of San Francisco, 92 miles north of Sacramento, the State Capital, and 175 miles northwest of famous Lake Tahoe, 22 miles north of Oroville, county seat of Butte County, and 14 miles east of Chico. Getting to Paradise is easy if you remember "all roads lead to Paradise".


The average temperature for Paradise ranges from 90 degrees or higher aprox. 65 days out of the year, and 32 degrees in the winter months, an average of 30 days out of the year. Smog is non-existence in Paradise.


Paradise. Its name comes from the early mining days when Paradise consisted of mainly gambling halls and saloons. The Pair-O-Dice saloon was one of the most popular.


An early settler, "Uncle Billie" Leonard and friends had rode horses to the Sacramento Valley and back on a hot summer day. And upon returning to the shade of the tall pine trees, Uncle Billie dismounted and proclaimed, "Boys, this is Paradise!"


The Gold Rush brought the first settlers to the Paradise area. Before the settlers, the Ridge was home to the Maidu indians which inhabited the land for possibly 10,000 years before the Gold Rush. On August 14,1859 some miners at the Willard Mine across the West branch below Sawmill Peak discovered what turned out to be the largest Gold Nugget in the state of California. A whopping 54 lbs in the rough. The gold nugget brought a refined pure gold value of $10,960. Today that same nugget would bring approximately $770,000 at the current value of gold.


Listed below you will find some of the things to do in and around Paradise.


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The Lookout

As you head towards Chico on Skyway from Paradise, located on the right side of the highway you will notice a turn out. This turn out leads to a spectacular view of the canyon. There are benches for relaxing and taking in the beautiful view. This is a perfect spot to watch the amazing sunsets that you can only find in "Paradise".


Gold Nugget Museum

Begin exploring the Paradise Ridge with a visit to the Gold Nugget Museum. Featuring historical artifacts from the local Paradise Ridge area in a number of interesting displays and Nuggetville, an outdoor exhibit which recreates an Old Western town. Admission is free.

Open Wed. - Sun. noon to 4 pm

502 Pearson Rd. - (530) 872-8722 For more information click here


Paradise Lake

The Paradise Lake, also known as the Magalia Reservoir is a great place to take the family for a fun filled day of fishing. There are benches and picnic areas at the main entrance located off Coutolenc Rd.

The Magalia Reservoir along side the Skyway is fed by the Paradise Lake which provides water for the town of Paradise.

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Paradise Aquatic Park and Public Pool

The flash to the right is the Paradise Aquatic Park. The park includes a kids fishing pond (15 and under), creek, waterfall, pool, kids playground, sand volley ball, arbor for weddings or events, public picnic and a rotary picnic area. The pond is embraced by beautiful trees and shrubbery. Stroll the sidewalk path which follows the pond around with plenty of park benches to relax on. A must see in Paradise. The Park is located at Recreation Dr. and Bushman Rd.

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De Sabla Lake

Bring the family and a picnic to the De Sabla Lake located in De Sabla just above Paradise.

De Sabla was named after an early PG&E pioneer, Eugene de Sabla. You can fish from the shore, or a non-motorized watercraft. There is no swimming allowed. For more information Click Here.


Lime Saddle Marina

As you travel along the Pentz Rd. and follow its winding twists and turns, you will discover Lake Oroville. The Lime Saddle Marina offers a wide variety of recreational fun including house boat rentals, deck cruisers, ski boat rentals, personal watercraft rentals, fuel dock and launch ramp, marina store, snack bar, and campgrounds near by. Located off Pentz Rd. (530) 877-2414 For more information Click Here.


Terry Ashe Recreation Park

Located on the main Skyway in Paradise. The park serves as a dwelling place and main events stage. Concerts, Chocolate Fest, Johnny Appleseed Day, Gold Nugget Days and more provide booths as well as entertainment. Additionally the park provides a children's playground, basketball hoops, gazebo for weddings and concerts, picnic area, horseshoe pits, and the main office for the recreation dept.

6626 Skyway (530) 873-6393 For more information Click Here.


Train Depot

The Train Depot built by the Town of Paradise is where the old train depot use to be. They have now constructed a local railroad and logging museum. The museum is a historic landmark providing lots of history, photographs and other information relating to the Paradise Depot which opened in 1904 and was one of four depots in Butte County.

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Tall Pines Bowl

5445 Clark Rd. - Paradise - (530) 872-2695

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Paradise Cinema

6701 Clark Rd. (530) 872-7800 For more information Click Here.


Theater On The Ridge

3735 Neal Rd.- Paradise (530) 877-5760

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Cal Skate

Year round entertainment for the entire family. Skating, Mi nature Golf, and Batting Cages. 2465 Carmichael Dr. Chico (530) 343-0416

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Chinese Temple

Built in 1863, the temple served as a place of worship to over 10,000 Chinese. Check out the beautiful display at the temple located at

1500 Broderick St. in Oroville. Take the Montgomery St. exit and follow the green line. (530) 538-2496 For more information Click Here


The Historic Bidwell Mansion

Historic Bidwell Mansion stands today as a memorial to the Bidwells. Tours are available Tues - Fri. 12pm - 4pm. Last tour leaves at 4pm. On the weekends tours are from 10 am. - 4 pm. The Visitor center is open to 5pm. 525 Esplanade Chico (530) 343-0416

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Fish Hatchery

Open for public viewing daily.

Montgomery St. Oroville (530) 538-2222

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Honey Run Covered Bridge

Today, the Honey Run Covered Bridge is the only 3-level covered bridge left in the entire Nation. For more details please visit the website which includes information on the Coleman Museum, Country Store, Hell Town, Centerville, Honey Run, Historical photos and events.

Centerville Rd. Chico (530) 893-9667

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Johnny Appleseed Days

Occurring the 1st week in October. The second largest event on the Ridge is just around the corner. The annual Johnny Appleseed Days festival, recognizing the early 19th Century American folk (known as John Chapman) hero who traveled for decades across the Midwest planting apple seeds and encouraging settlers to plant apple orchards. For more information Click Here


Gold Nugget Days and Gold Nugget Museum

Gold Nugget Days - Celebrating the Discovery of the historical even which brought the  famous 54 lb Gold Nugget in 1859. Gold Nugget days is in the last full weekend of April. The event starts out with a huge bang complete with a Parade, Queen Contest, Donkey Derby, a delicious BBQ and more! This is the biggest event of the year! The Historical Museum is located on Pearson Rd. and is a must see with gold panning, re-enactments and more.

Take a stroll and check out the  vendors set up at the Terry Ashe Recreation Park located on Skyway. Good Food, Great Fun and Excitement! Click here To Learn More!



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