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The 3,700-acre area of the Feather River from Nicolaus north to the Star Bend Unit, much of which is included in the Bobelaine Audubon Sanctuary and/or the Feather River State Wildlife Area, is the largest contiguous example of mixed riparian forest remaining in California's Central Valley.1 According to some estimates, as much as 89% of the riparian forest in California's Central Valley has been destroyed during the last 150 years.2
- Abbott Lake
- Lake of the Woods
- Nelson Slough
- O'Connor Lakes
- Shanghai Garden Park and Boat Ramp
- Star Bend Park and Boat Ramp
Camping and trailers are not allowed.
Possessing rifles or pistols is not allowed. No hunting and shooting is allowed in Shanghai Garden Park and Boat Ramp or the Bobelaine Audubon Sanctuary (the latter of which is not part of the Feather River State Wildlife Area but is geographically right in the middle of it). In the other units, however, hunting is allowed from July 1 through January 31 during open seasons for authorized species, and during the spring turkey hunt when only turkeys may be hunted. Game species include deer, pheasant, rabbit, tree squirrel, waterfowl, wild turkey, pheasant, quail, and dove.
The O'Connor Lakes Unit is closed from March 1 through June 30 every year.