California-Nevada Chapter
Oregon-California Trails Association

The California-Nevada Chapter is one of eleven chapters of the Oregon-California Trails Association, an organization dedicated to the preservation, appreciation and enjoyment of all transmigration trails to the west, the trails that made the United States an ocean-to-ocean nation.


California-Nevada Chapter
Meeting & Symposium

 Chico, CA

April 30, May 1, and May 2, 2015
At the Oxford Suites, 2035 Business Lane, Chico California


The California-Nevada Chapter of the Oregon-California Trail Association will hold a Spring Symposium in Chico, CA, on April 30, May 1, and May 2, 2015. All meetings will be in the Oxford Suites conference rooms. This will be a smaller than usual symposium due to the National Convention planning workload.

On Thursday the Chapter Board of Directors will meet in the morning. The 2015 OCTA convention planning meeting will begin in the afternoon followed by a no host reception.

On Friday the General Membership Business Meeting will be in the morning. There will be a buffet luncheon in the conference room. The afternoon will be the follow-up of the OCTA convention planning meeting.

On Saturday morning we will have a talk by Historian Dave Freeman on Lassen’s Ranch. This will be followed by lunch on your own, and a tour, at Sierra Nevada Brewery. There will also be an optional tour of the Abbey of New Clairvaux in Vina, CA which includes wine tasting and a tour of some of the Lassen Ranch sites. Self-guided tours of Chico’s downtown area including Diamond Alley, wall murals, and the Chico State Arboretum are recommended as well as a Bidwell Park drive-thru and a tour of the Bidwell Park Mansion.

Each morning water and coffee will be provided in the conference room. Breakfast is included in your Oxford Suites room rate.  With the exception of Friday’s lunch all meals are on your own. There is a restaurant in the hotel.

More Information About the Symposium

Registration Form for the Symposium

Information on Accomodations

Oxford Suites, Chico reservations - (530)899-9090.


2015 Activities

Convention Planning Meetings

The Ridge Golf and Country Club
2020 Golf Course Rd.
Auburn, CA
10am -4pm


January 19
March 23
June 8
July 13

Convention Planning Meeting

Oxford Inn
Chico, CA


May 1

Spring Symposium and General

Oxford Inn
Chico, CA



April 30 & May 2

Convention Planning Meeting

Location to be determined


August 17


OCTA National Convention

Stateline, Nevada


September 21 – 25

Johnson's Cutoff Mapping Team Field Dates

April 27 & 29
May 26 & 27
June 23 & 24
July 20 & 21
August 3 & 4
October 13 & 14

Beckwourth Mapping Team Field Dates


April 13-14
May 11-12
June 15-16
Aug. 10-11
Oct. 19-20

Volcano Road Mapping Team Field Dates June 29 & 30
July 27 & 28
August 24 & 25

E-Mail for more information about activities

The latest issue of Trail Talk can now be found in the
members only pages.

New - Spring 2015 Issue

Contact for the members only password.


A Bonanza of Trails

2015 OCTA National Convention
Lake Tahoe, California
September 21st-25th

Video Preview of 2015 Convention

Watch a Video of Helicopter Power Pole Installation on the Carson River Route in Carson Canyon
by Pedro Kinner

Watch John Winner, Chapter President, describe the Chapter Activities of 2012

California-Nevada Chapter - Activities of 2012

a video by Dee Owens

Watch Frank Tortorich tell the story of Melissa Coray

One Woman - Melissa Coray and the Mormon Battalion

a film by Mark Russell

Watch Larry Schmidt talk about Mark Twain

Mark Twain on the Johnson's Cutoff

a film by Dee Owens

Watch Passport in Time Project

Carson River Route





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