City of Orland News & Events

Visit Black Butte Lake

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District’s Black Butte Lake has plenty of water and everything is open and ready for the spring and summer recreation season. Like many public parks and lakes, Black Butte reduces services during the winter when there are fewer visitors. But as the weather continues to warm up, you can now enjoy all this beautiful Northern California setting has to offer. Every one of the campsites in the Buckhorn Recreation Area and Orland Buttes Campground are open and all boat ramps are ready to go. There are miles of trails to explore and they have a top notch disc golf course which highlights the amazing scenery offered at Black Butte Lake. If fishing is your thing, there is more water right now than there was this time last year and rumor has it the crappy are starting to bite.
Here’s a list of the 2015 park and camping fees:
Day use fee - $4 per car, annual day use pass - $30 (good for 12 months from purchase)*
(Not charged in undeveloped areas: Grizzly Flat, Angler’s Cove, Burris Creek, Observation Point)
Buckhorn Campground - $20 per night / $175 for group campground
Orland Buttes Campground - $18 per night / $100 for group campground
*Day use and camping fees are half price with a federal recreation pass.
For additional information call (530) 865-4781 or stop by the Black Butte Lake Park Office, located 8 miles west of Orland on County Road 200/Newville Road. Business hours are 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, closed during lunch.
Check out the Black Butte Lake website at

Orland Introduces Feral Cat Program

Responding to numerous complaints in several neighborhoods about excessive numbers of unwanted cats causing disturbances, the City of Orland is partnering with Glenn County Animal Control and Burnham Veterinary Clinic in an effort to reduce the public nuisance of feral cats.

Effective immediately, the clinic will accept trapped feral cats from Orland residents who present evidence of City residency, pay a $5 co-pay, and attest that they do not know who owns the cat and that the cat is causing a neighborhood disturbance.

The veterinary clinic will scan each cat for microchips, evaluate for health and adoptability, and make a professional determination of proper disposition on a case by case basis.  The City will reimburse the clinic $20 for each cat processed. Press Release for more information


Smoke Free Recreation Areas Promote Health

Glenn County Public Health, tobacco education program, has released information on how Orland has established smoke free recreation areas and where you can enjoy those areas. According to a public health poll taken in August 2013, 89% of 162 individuals polled in Orland approve of the new rule restricting smoking in the parks.

City Projects

In support of the long range General Plan and Five-year Plan, the fiscal year 14/15 project objectives list is intended to establish focus areas for the City for the coming year. This list goes beyond normal operations to define projects that are desired by City Council, achievable within budget, and in alignment with longer term plans. We have also made available the fiscal year 13/14 projects list .

Proposed objectives are shown on a summarized one page document, in quadrant format:

  • The upper two quadrants represent relatively more urgent projects.
  • The left-hand two quadrants represent relatively more important objectives.
  • The result is the top-left quadrant indicates more important & more urgent projects, the bottom-right quadrant less so, respectively.
  • There is some attempt made to prioritize roughly within each category.

City Staff reports quarterly on its accomplishment of project objectives.


The Orland Center for the Arts & Gallery

Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Friday from 1 to 7 and Saturdays from noon to 6. Also check the Commission's, website for more information on the featured artists and programs offered by the Commission at the Gallery.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact any Orland Art Center Commissioner:  Rae Turnbull, Mary Rose Kennedy, Jane King, Steve Elliott, Pat Mullanix, Jill Elliott and Patty Turnbull or City Council Liaison Bruce Roundy. The Commission meets the third Wednesday of each month (except July) at 7:00 p.m.

They are also looking for volunteers who are interested in being a docent during the art shows.  It is not a difficult job (no pay of course) and involves being in the gallery for 4 hours, talking with visitors and answering questions they may have.  You do not need to be an artist to be a docent, just have to be interested in the quality of life in Orland.  Please contact any of the commissioners to sign up. 

Events at the Gallery:

The Freehand Figure Drawing Sessions are held Monday afternoons from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Orland Art Gallery on Fourth and Colusa Streets. Each session is $7.00 and is payable at the beginning of each session. This fee is to cover the cost of the model and contribute to facility maintenance. If you need more information please call Rae at 865-5920.

Mark the First Friday of every month to meet artists, nibble on appetizers and listen to the Gallery's baby grand. From 3PM to 7PM the artist or artists that are showing in the Gallery are present to answer any questions or receive comments you may have on their work.