Beaver River Wildlife Management Area

 

By: Weston Storer, Biologist at Beaver River, Optima and Rita Blanca WMA’s. Phone: (806) 339-5175. 


Beaver River WMA covers 17,700 acres of western Beaver County in the Oklahoma panhandle. Located just east of Hwy. 83 (southeast of the town of Turpin), Beaver River WMA is a mixture of upland, flood plain and river bottom.

Sagebrush and buffalo grass predominate on upland sites, which are interspersed with sand plum thickets and rolling sandhills. Bottomlands consist of sand plum thickets, salt cedar and mixed grassland. The Beaver River, which runs intermittently, offers a classic western Oklahoma floodplain comprised of cottonwood, hackberry and American elm. The average annual precipitation for the area is about 19 inches.

WMA Driving Directions: From Beaver: 3 miles north on State Hwy 23, 11 miles west on farm-to-market road (E0100), south 3 miles on dirt road (N1280).


Game Species of Interest: 

            Pheasant: Present in very low numbers.  Most often taken as a bonus by quail hunters.

            Quail: Bobwhite quail are usually present in good numbers but are highly sought after. Very few blue quail present.

            Deer: White-tailed deer are present in fair numbers.  Very few mule deer present.

            Turkey: Rio Grande wild turkeys are present, but not abundant.

            Rabbit: Both cottontails and jackrabbits are present with cottontails being more common.

            Furbearers: Coyote, bobcat and raccoon are available.

            Dove: Dove are usually present in good numbers but are highly sought after.

            Waterfowl: Duck hunting is very limited.

Nongame Species of Interest:

            Black-tailed prairie dog: Present in fair numbers but no hunting is allowed.

            Lesser prairie chicken: Present, but only in very low numbers.

Description of Fish and Wildlife Management Practices:
Approximately 20 windmills and 10 guzzlers have been installed to provide water for wildlife. Management practices include grazing of cattle, strip disking, strip mowing and prescribed burns.  Management efforts focus on producing native wildlife foods such as ragweed and sunflower, although some small agricultural food plots are planted annually throughout the WMA.  An additional 400 acres of agricultural plots are planted in an agriculture lease program.

Camping and Facilities:
Five designated primitive camping areas are offered on the area. The Beaver Dunes State Park offers campsites with facilities and RV hookups.  The State Park can be reached at (580) 625-3373.

The towns of Beaver and Forgan have lodging and restaurants.  The Beaver Chamber of Commerce can be reached at (580) 625-4726.  In Forgan contact the city clerk at (580) 487-3393.

A rifle range can be found on the north side of the area. It offers both 50 and 100 yard ranges and has a covered shooting bench.

Fishing Opportunities:
Fishing opportunities exist at Beaver Dunes State Park, about 10 miles east of the area and at Lake Evans Chambers (known locally as Clear Lake) located about 45 miles east of the area. There are no ponds or permanent pools on the WMA to sustain a reliable fishery.

Maps:

Beaver River WMA Map - best general purpose map, pdf format (8.5x11)

McFarland Unit Map

Regulations: Seasons on public lands section of hunting regulations

Beaver River WMA - Outdoor Oklahoma Magazine Article (March/Aril 2005)

For additional information and area attractions:

Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department
Post Office Box 52002
Oklahoma City, OK 73152-2002
(800) 652-6552 or (405) 521-2409
www.travelok.com