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Okanogan County’s most northerly city, Oroville, is framed on the east by the scenic Okanogan Highlands, a magnet for all persuasions of outdoor enthusiasts, from birders to bikers. To the west is a mecca of lakes and rivers with plenty of shoreline camping spots, making Oroville a convenient base for exploring the region.
For swimming, fishing and waterskiing right in town, there’s mammoth Lake Osoyoos where families enjoy long sunny days at the beach and stay at Veteran’s Memorial Park 86-unit RV/tent campground. On the southern outskirts of Oroville, you can join the Pacific Northwest National Trail at the Whistler Canyon trailhead. Nearby Similkameen River Trail is a pleasant day-hike.
History buffs usually stop by Oroville’s Old Depot Museum to get oriented at the Borderlands Historical Society Visitors Center before setting out for hill towns such as Molson, site of a history museum, and other ghost towns with tiny cemeteries left over from the gold rush era.
Summer is a particularly delicious time to visit. Around Oroville you can pick up picnic provisions right from the orchards, produce stands, wineries and the Saturday farmer’s market, choose garlic from the region’s 100 varieties, and find local, grass-fed bison at the grocery store. Enjoy wine tastings and music summer to fall at the local wineries, live music some Saturdays at Oroville’s craft brewery and a wide range of restaurants.
As Route 97’s international gateway, Oroville welcomes many American visitors headed north to reach one of Canada’s major tourist attractions, the country’s prime wine grape growing region with an abundance of premium wineries and many golf courses.
Oroville Visitors Center
Roads less traveled
Motorcyclists travel here to avoid the crowded roads elsewhere and to enjoy curves and pristine scenery. Okanogan mountain bicycling is blissful for the same reasons. Though shoulders are narrow in spots, the unpopulated roads and plentiful shoreline camp sites make for a memorable experience. To see the most scenic of our roads click here.
Many miles of trails
Here you’ll find the 7-mile Similkameen Trail west of Oroville and a segment of the Pacific Northwest Trail extending from Hwy 20 past Lake Bonaparte to the Whistler Canyon trailhead south of Oroville as well as a piece of the Pacific Crest Trail.
The Sporting Life
We welcome sports enthusiasts year-round. Oroville is just north of the Similkameen and Okanogan river confluence with lakes on all sides where visitors enjoy water skiing, jet-skiing, fishing, kayaking or just paddling around. Hunters flock here in the fall. Snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and a family-size downhill ski hill are popular winter pastimes. Golfers enjoy Oroville’s beautiful 9-hole course plus 18-hole courses in British Columbia a few miles away.
From sea level to the highlands, groups of eager, quiet visitors may be found huddled behind binoculars and mammoth camera lenses seeking birds, common and rare. Bighorn sheep, mule and white-tailed deer are plentiful. Elk or an elusive moose, bear or cougar may be seen.
History buffs find much to discover here including ghost towns and tiny hill town cemeteries. Many homesteading structures still stand, preserved by the region’s dry climate. The gold rush ended before prospectors found it all, so give panning a try.
For a memory-filled family vacation, enjoy our lakes to swim and boat, rivers to fish, horses to ride, rodeos, ghost towns to explore and an abundance of camping areas, kids of all ages love Northern Okanogan family vacations.
Wineries and Micro Breweries
The Northern Okanogan is becoming increasingly popular with foodies. Between Omak and Oroville, you’ll find four Okanogan wineries and across the border dozens more, some with restaurants and lodgings. Oroville is also home to one of Washington’s oldest craft breweries.
Our Growing Region
We produce a profusion of crops and livestock, including 11 apple varieties and 20 different cherries, 10 types of pears, lots of peaches and more. Over 100 organically-grown garlic species are cultivated here, making our region the Napa Valley of specialty garlic.