Exploration options to Discover our area.

Museums with History
Depot Museum
Check out the Depot Museum and Visitors Welcome Center, Downtown Oroville.  Besides permanent displays, each year they feature a different historical presentation.

Molson Ghost Town:  Take the 15 mile drive to the Ghost Town of Molson and visit the old 3 Story brick schoolhouse Museum, as well as the outdoor Museum that includes the original 1905 bank. Then return via 9 Mile Road which follows the old railroad bed and read the historical markers along the way. Visit the Molson Museums Page Here.

Explore Our Public Lands: The north Okanogan County of Washington State surrounding Oroville is more publicly owned than private. Vast regions are open to the public to discover incredible scenery, geological features, flora and fauna. Whether you wish to explore on foot, on wheels or hooves, you will find information on numerous agency websites. Agency web sites for some local public properties are shown below.

Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife, Sinlahekin Area
United States Forest Service, Tonasket district.
Off Road Vehicle Guideline Maps
Loomis State Forest
Pasayten Wlderness

Take A Hike:

The Similkameen Trail follows the old railroad bed from behind the Post Office to below the Enloe Dam, crossing over the river on the original railroad bridge.  See Map.

The Whistler Canyon Trail  is located a few miles south of Oroville on the east side of Hwy 97, look for the sign.  It takes you through Whistler Canyon and up the mountain.  Beautiful, rugged terrain and wildlife will be seen. View map & trail brochure in pdf.

The Pacific Northwest Trail goes right through downtown Oroville. This hiking trail starts in Montana and ends at the Pacific Ocean.

Wheeled Tours & Routes:

Highland Historic Loop Drive (view pdf map)
Includes historic sites & attractions in and around Oroville, Molson, Chesaw, Havilah, Toroda Creek, Curlew, Malo, Republic, Wauconda, Tonasket, & Ellisforde.  Be sure to view the back of the map.

Many Lakes Historic Map (view pdf map)
Information on Historical Sites, Lakes & Campgrounds, Wildlife Areas, Hikes, and even Cemeteries.  Be sure to view the back of the map.

Paved Loops: These were put together for motorcycle enthusiasts, but they are useful for peddlers and drivers who want to stay on paved routes. Go here.

Route 97:  Visit Route97.net (International Guide) and Okanogan Trails Scenic Byway

Washington Backcountry Discovery Route:  Off road motorcyclists have learned that Oroville is a great place to rest after days on this route that starts at Stevenson, Washington near the Bridge of the Gods on the Columbia River and ends at the Nighthawk Border Crossing just 10 miles west of us.

Washington Farms: Visit Washington Farms