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The area around O'Connor Lakes and between them and the Feather River comprises the O'Connor Lakes Unit of the Feather River State Wildlife Area. The southern portion of the O'Connor Lakes Unit is closed from March 1 through June 30 every year to accommodate a combined great egret and great blue heron rookery.1 Access is from the Garden Highway: by Shannon Road (about 1/2 mile north of Tudor); by Star Bend Road (about a mile north of Tudor); and, less conveniently, by Tudor Road (but this is an unimproved dirt road, muddy in the winter and dusty in the summer). The O'Connor Lakes Unit has 471 acres of public land open for hunting, fishing, picnicking, and bird watching, as well as about two miles of river frontage.
California Department of Fish and Game: Feather River Wildlife Area
1. Sutter County General Plan § 9.8 Biological Resources, 1994