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Yaudanchi Ecological Reserve


The 161-acre Yaudanchi Ecological Reserve consists of low-lying flatlands and riparian habitat. The most significant wildlife feature is the great blue herons, which nest on the reserve each year. Other wildlife at the reserve include various riparian bird species, the California legless lizard, the giant garter snake, and the San Joaquin kit fox.

Past land use history is rather diverse, being the site of sewer settling ponds, early California homesteads, and part of a Yokut Indian Reservation. The purposes of the acquisition were to preserve one of three significant known great blue heron rookeries in Tulare County and to protect a popular local area for wildlife viewing. The property was designated as an ecological reserve by the Fish and Game Commission in 1977.

For more information, call the Central Region Fresno office Conservation Building at (559) 243-4014.

Recreational Opportunities

wildlife viewing restrooms

Activities: wildlife viewing

PLEASE NOTE: For information on public use regulations for this area and other Department lands please refer to the link opens in new windowCDFW Public Lands Regulations booklet. Scroll to the Table of Contents. Locate the page number for general regulations for public uses on all Department lands. For additional regulations that apply only to certain properties, check the Table of Contents for sections that refer to additional or property-specific regulations for wildlife areas or ecological reserves. All visitors are responsible for knowing and following the general and property-specific regulations.

Last update : 7/20/2017 3:03:20 PM

Wildlife Branch - Lands Program
1812 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 445-0411

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Central Region (Region 4)

Tulare County

Directions: Hwy 190 to E Porterville. Exit Road 265 south. Reserve at the intersect of Road 265 and Worth Ave.

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