Butte County, just an hour north of Sacramento, is a place where outdoor adventure is as easily accessible as it is spectacular.
Home to Chico's Bidwell Park, one of the largest municipal parks in the nation, Lake Oroville, the second-largest reservoir in the state, and several wildlife preserves where you and your canine companion can hike (and sniff) to your hearts' delight, Butte County is the perfect choice for an outdoorsy getaway with your pup.
Shasta Lake - Photo Credit: @coach.jesse
Redding isn’t just California’s Trail Capital; nearby Shasta Lake is the state’s Houseboating Capital, as well. In the wake of a wet winter, Shasta will be filled to capacity this summer and houseboating business will be brisk, so if you’ve ever considered a houseboat vacation that includes your dog, now’s the time to make reservations. Several Shasta Lake marinas rent houseboats ranging in size and style from stripped-down models popular with fishermen to ginormous floating palaces like the 65-foot, triple-decker Titan, which features satellite-tracking TV, eight flat-screen monitors, a jetted tube slide and a hot tub big enough for a dozen (no one will tell if your dog hops in, too). Shasta’s 360 miles of jagged shoreline are indented with cover after cove where houseboaters can anchor out in solitude or bob in the company of others. more »
"Fly off" at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge.
Photo Credit: Janet Fullwood
Butte County, a quick 70 miles north of Sacramento via interstate 5, is more than just drive-by country. Besides being home to Chico, a vibrant college town; and Lake Oroville, second-largest reservoir in the state, it cradles several wildlife preserves where you and your canine companion can hike (and sniff) in the company of millions of honking, quacking, chirping, whistling winged critters. more »
Floating away. Photo Credit: Björn Söderqvist (CC)
Northern California has more houseboating opportunities than any other state in the Union, but a little homework is always in order. For comprehensive information and comparisons, check in with Forever Resorts, biggest player in the state, and with web-based booking agencies houseboating.org and houseboats.com, each of which represents multiple operators. Meanwhile, from north to south, here are some premier places to float your boat. more »
Just an hour north of Sacramento, Butte County is a great place for an outdoorsy getaway with your canine companion. The surprises start in the county seat of Chico, home to Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, a California State University Campus and Bidwell Park
, more than three times larger than San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park at 3,618 acres. more »