Best Camping Getaway - 2007
Buckhorn Recreation Area
After nearly 60 years in the automobile business, 86-year-old Cal Worthington has slowed down a little, spending much time at his 38-square-mile ranch near Orland, 18 miles west of Chico, flying occasionally to any of his four dealerships in his personal Lear 35. While it's not easy to catch sight of the great man, known for his kitschy car commercials and his Stetson, it is possible to bask near his presence, or at least his extended aura. This thanks to a campground run by the Army Corps of Engineers. United Airlines flies the 57 minutes to nearby Chico four times per day. The Buckhorn Recreation Area, along the shores of Black Butte Reservoir, offers drinking water, picnic tables, fire pits, trailer dump stations, pay telephones, restrooms with showers, and boat launch ramps. After a day of water skiing or fishing for crappie, then a shower and a meal, the Black Butte Reservoir campground is a great place for campfire songs, such as: "If you want a car or truck, go see Cal/ If you want to save a buck, go see Cal/ If your tailpipe is a-draggin' and your wife she's a-naggin'/ Go see Cal, go see Cal, go see Cal!"