Welcome to the Chico Creek Nature Center, the gateway and official information center for Bidwell Park.

Park Hours and Reservations

Bidwell Park Gates Closing Hours here.

Areas That May Be Reserved:

  • One Mile Picnic/Barbecue Area (Key checkout required for large BBQ)
  • Five Mile Group Picnic Area
  • City Plaza
  • Cedar Grove
  • Children's Playground
  • Council Ring Area
  • Depot Park
  • Bidwell Bowl Amphitheater
  • Use of Lower Park
  • Use of Upper Park

For addresses and descriptive site information of reserveable areas above, or to download a permit application, visit the City of Chico General Services Department's Park Division here.

You may also call the Park Office at (530) 896-7800, Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m., for more information. Insurance may be required for your event. Important: Reservations are not valid until approved by the Park Division.