Directions to Chico Bird Watching Sites

Chico Oxidation Ponds

From highway 32 (Walnut St.) and West 5th Street in Chico, go west on West 5th Street (which becomes Chico River Rd.) for 3.9 miles. The wildlife viewing parking area is 300 yards past the main entrance to the treatment plant.

Sacramento Wildlife Refuge, Llano Seco, Seven Mile Lane

From downtown Chico, take 8th St. West until you come to the stop sign at Walnut St. (Highway 32). Turn left and continue on Walnut, which turns into Dayton Rd. within three blocks. Follow Dayton Rd. South about 5 miles from 8th. St. to the stop sign, which is known as Dayton Four Corners. Turn right on Ord Ferry Rd. and continue West through the little town of Dayton to Seven Mile Lane. This is about three miles from Dayton Four Corners. Turn left on Seven Mile Lane, and in about 2 miles you will see the viewing platform on your right at the Sacramento Wildlife Refuge. Google Map: to Seven Mile Ln.

Bidwell River State Park, Indian Fishery

From West Sacramento Ave. and Nord Ave. in Chico, head west on Sacramento Ave. for about 4.6 miles. Sacramento Ave. will end at River Road, and Indian Fisheries will be to your right across the road. Google Map: to Indian Fishery.

Upper Bidwell Park

Meet at the new parking lot by the Old Rifle Range in upper Bidwell Park. To get to the lot, go East on East Ave. just past the new City Fire station. Turn left on Wildwood ave. for about 1.4 miles, Wildwood becomes Upper Park Road. Follow Upper Park Road for about 0.2 miles (past the Observatory ). The parking lot is on the left just before the gate. Google Map: to Upper Park

Feather River Parkway, Oroville

To get to Feather River Parkway, turn off Highway 70 freeway in Oroville at the Montgomery Street exit (Exit 47) and turn left. At the first stoplight (Feather River Blvd.) turn left again. Follow Feather River Blvd. about 2 blocks to Bedrock Park. Google Map: to Feather River Parkway.

Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge Pine Creek Unit

From Save Mart Parking lot on East Avenue, continue West on East Avenu to Highway 32. Turn right on Highway 32 and go North West for about 5.6 miles, the entrance to the Pine Creek unit is on your left. Be careful making your left turn from Highway 32. Google Map: to the Pine Creek Unit.

Black Butte Lake Area

We will meet at OSH Parking lot on East Avenue (near Great Harvest Bread) and re-group at Burger King in Orland. Google Map: from Chico to Orland Burger King . Google Map: from Burger King to Black Butte Lake Area.

Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, Willows

This is a good site to visit on your own any time of the year. Google Map: from OSH Parking lot on East Avenue (near Great Harvest Bread)

Butte College Wildlife Refuge

Google Map: to Butte College Campus.

Directions to Oroville Lake Forebay

To get to the Forebay, take Exit 49 from Highway 70 as you are approaching Oroville. You will exit onto Garden Drive. Turn right and turn into the forebay recreation area. We will park to the right near the restrooms.

Other Local Birding Sites and Hikes

The Alcatal Audubon has a map showing birding sites and hikes in Butte, Tehama and Glenn counties.

Directions to Gray Lodge

To Gray Lodge from Hwy 99 and hwy 32 in Chico, drive about 28 miles South to Gridley and turn right onto Sycamore St. Drive West 1.5 miles, Sycamore becomes  Colusa Hwy.  Continue on Colusa Hwy for about 4.4 mile to Pennington Rd. Turn left on Pennington and continue for 3.0 miles to Rutherford Rd.and the entrance to Gray Lodge is on your right.

Mendocino National Forest Genetics Research Center

In south Chico, start from the Skyway and the convergence of Bruce Rd. and Dominic Drive, turn south on Dominic Drive to Morrow Lane (two very short blocks), turn left on Morrow, go one block to Cramer Lane, follow the signs to Research Center.