Butte County is directly north of both Yuba and Sutter Counties. It is also adjacent to Plumas County. Its county seat is Oroville. Its largest city is Chico, which, with a population of 86,949, is the third-largest city in the counties adjacent to Yuba and Sutter—after Sacramento (population 460,242) in Sacramento County and Roseville (population 106,266) in Placer County.
The total population of Butte County was 220,000 as of the 2010 census.
Butte County includes part of Plumas National Forest.
Honcut Creek and its south branch form much of the boundary between Yuba and Butte Counties.
To find places in Butte County related to specific recreational activities other than camping, see the Recreation page and click on the appropriate recreational activity.
Cities and Nearby Towns
Places are listed in order of travel time required to reach them. The travel time shown is from the nearest town in Yuba or Sutter Counties, except when that travel time is an hour or longer, in which case the travel time shown is from Yuba City or Marysville.
- Clipper Mills is a 5-minute drive northeast from Woodleaf. Its population was 142 as of the 2010 census.
- Gridley is a 10-minute drive north from Live Oak. Its population was 6,584 as of the 2010 census.
- Bangor is a 10-minute drive southwest from Rackerby. Its population was 646 as of the 2010 census.
- Forbestown is a 10-minute drive north from Brownsville or northwest from Challenge. Its population was 320 as of the 2010 census. Highlights include the Yuba Feather Museum.
- Biggs is a 15-minute drive northeast from Pennington. Its population was 1,707 as of the 2010 census.
- Honcut is a 20-minute drive north from Marysville or west from Loma Rica. Its population was 370 as of the 2010 census.
- East Biggs is a 20-minute drive north from Live Oak.
- Palermo is a 30-minute drive northeast from Live Oak. Its population was 5,382 as of the 2010 census.
- Oroville is a 30-minute drive northeast from Live Oak. It is the county seat of Butte County and had a population of 15,506 as of the 2010 census. Highlights include Lake Oroville State Recreation Area (which includes Feather Falls and Bidwell Canyon Campground), Table Mountain, and Clay Pit State Vehicular Recreation Area.
- Wyandotte is a 30-minute drive west from Rackerby.
- Chico is a 45-minute drive north from Live Oak or a one-hour drive north from Yuba City or Marysville. It had a population of 86,187 as of the 2010 census. Highlights include Bidwell Mansion, Bidwell Park, and Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park.
- Paradise is a 45-minute drive north from Live Oak or a one-hour drive north from Yuba City or Marysville. Its population was 26,218 as of the 2010 census.
Lake Oroville Area
- Bidwell Canyon Campground—75 sites, flush toilets, piped water, Lake Oroville
- Goat Ranch Campground—Lake Oroville
- Lake Oroville Boat-in Campground—Lake Oroville
- Lake Oroville Boat-in Floating Camps—10 sites, Lake Oroville
- Lake Oroville State Recreation Area—Lake Oroville
- Loafer Creek Group and Equestrian Camp—137 sites, flush toilets, piped water, Lake Oroville
Sly Creek Reservoir Area
- Sly Creek Campground—23 sites, vault toilets, piped water, Sly Creek Reservoir
- Strawberry Campground—17 sites, vault toilets, piped water, Sly Creek Reservoir
- Butte Meadows Campground
- Fall River Campground
- Mishop Bar Campground
Other Places of Interest
- Hiking and Backpacking
- Bald Rock
- Butte City Project is a 45-minute drive northwest from Pennington or a one-hour drive northwest from Yuba City or Marysville.
- Feather Falls
- Lower Bidwell Park
- Mendocino National Forest
- Nome Cult Trail
- Plumas National Forest
- Table Mountain
- Upper Bidwell Park
2010-07-26 20:43:16 Chico is located in Butte County, so information about Butte County should be posted directly on the Chico Wiki. The same username and password that enables editing on Yuba-Sutter Wiki also enables editing on the Chico Wiki. —BruceThomas
2013-08-11 11:59:10 This page is intended to cover Butte County from a Yuba-County perspective, highlighting only the information about Butte County that is most likely to interest residents of Yuba and Sutter Counties. —queerbychoice