Bidwell Bar Day

Park: Lake Oroville SRA

Youngsters Step Back 150 years to experience The "OLD WEST" at Bidwell Bar Day

Bidwell Bar Day offers youngsters a taste of life in the "old west" at the Lake Oroville State Recreation Area on Saturday, May 3.

Dressed as gold-rush miners, pioneers, settlers, cowboys, and even dance-hall women -- an assortment of characters at the historic old Bidwell Bar toll house will host games and activities from the 1860's for boys and girls of today.

Kids learn traditional skills of yesteryear by participating in hands-on experiences such as candle-making, tin art, making corn-husk dolls, and even panning for real gold!

They can try their hand at washing clothes with a wash board and a wringer and clothes lines.  And the tonsorial parlor recreates great grandpa's old barbershop experience of lathering up and shaving with a (safe-edged) straight razor.

This year, to celebrate State Parks 150th anniversary, Mom, Dad, and the kids can get in costume and capture the lifetime memory for a five spot!  They’ll take home an old family portrait in sepia tones in front of Yosemite Valley!

The old gambling card game of FARO is a popular event, and be sure to check out the history depicted in the old toll house.

Everyone gathers at the stage on Wyke Island to watch an old time melodrama that is full of love and laughter. 
Delicious old fashioned foods and crafts are on sale and continuous live entertainment of the day enlivens the festivities from noon until 4:00 PM.

Dress the kids up as cowboys and cowgirls and bring them for a day of fun at the Bidwell Canyon Recreation Unit of the lake Oroville State Recreation Area.  

Bidwell Bar Day is sponsored by the California Department of Parks and Recreation and is presented by Lake Oroville State Park Volunteers and the Bidwell Bar Association.

To reach the festivities, follow Highway 162 (Olive Hwy.) east from Oroville approximately 8 miles, turn left onto Kelly Ridge Rd.  Turn onto Arroyo Drive and follow the signs to Bidwell Canyon.

FREE ADMISSION AND PARKING!  Please advise the person in the entrance station that you’ll be attending the celebration. This event is accessible to persons with disabilities.  If you are in need of a specific accommodation or desire additional information please phone the Lake Oroville Visitor Center at (530) 538-2219.

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Event Dates

Saturday, May 03, 2014