Recreation in Paradise, CA


Clotide Merlo Park

This 20-acre park was dedicated in 1987 by Harry A. Merlo in memory of his mother, whose personal traits of common sense, courage, and strength of purpose represent the working principles and philosophy he incorporated while Executive Vice-President of Georgia- Pacific and CEO and President of Louisiana-Pacific. Blacktail deer, grey squirrels, and many kinds of birds live among the  ponderosa, sugar pine, incense cedar, white and Doug fir, black oak, quaking aspen, and manzanita found here.

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If you’re looking for the coolest place in Butte County in which to golf in the summer, you’ll want to head to Paradise. Located at a higher elevation, these courses are always cooler than any in the valley. You’ll have a setting among the pine trees in which to play, and that’s an atmosphere that’s hard to beat. Both courses have a driving range, and Paradise Pines has a pro shop and a restaurant, if you work up an appetite while on the course.

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A good way to stay in shape and enjoy the flora and fauna at the same time is to take a walk along a nature trail. There are several hiking trails in and around Paradise that afford communion with nature and some outstanding scenery. If you need help identifying the birds you’ll see, stop in at the Paradise Public Library on Clark Road before you begin, and get a book to assist you. Butte Creek Trail  is a favorite with many because of the fine views of the creek that it offers. Turn onto Doe Mill Road just past De Sabla Reservoir. The trailhead is on the left just after you cross the bridge. Spectacular!

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Ice Skate in Paradise

Paradise Ice Rink Terry Ashe Recreation Center 6626 Skyway 530-872-6393 Opened in November, 2013 and remaining open through mid-January, 2014, this outdoor ice rink is the first in Butte County!  It offers family fun of this traditional wintertime activity.
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Paradise Parks

Paradise has many beautiful parks, most featuring lovely picnic areas. Coutolenc Park also offers an archery range, and Paul Byrne Park features a public pool and a duck pond. For magnificent canyon views, try Bille Park—a favorite of hikers. The brand new Community Park is a popular venue for large activities and events, and features an interesting old railroad car.
Call the park district for a schedule.  530-872-6393

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Cast off and Out

Paradise Lake Info, call Paradise Irrigation District, 530-877-4971 Whether you want to cast offshore in a boat or cast out your fishing line, Paradise Lake is a good place to do it. Hiking and picnicking are also available at this gorgeous and popular north ridge lake. The only boats allowed here are kayaks, canoes, inflatable boats, or rowboats with trolling motors only; so be prepared for a relaxing, peaceful time.