Ellis County Wildlife Management Area

By: Scott Parry Biologist at Black Kettle, Ellis County, and Packsaddle WMA’s. Phone: (580)515-2030

Driving Directions: From Arnett: 8 miles west on U.S. Hwy 60, 3¾ miles south on N1730.

Area Description: Ellis County WMA covers 4,800  acres and is located in Ellis County, 8 miles west and 3.5 miles south of Arnett.  Located in the mixed grass prairie, it is a mixture of rolling sand hill uplands and wooded creek bottomland.     

Upland sites are vegetated  with mixed grass species including big bluestem, indian grass, little bluestem, side-oats grama, and buffalo grass and brush species like shinnery oak, sagebrush, sand plum and black locust.  Creek bottoms are dominated by cottonwood, elm, and hackberry trees.  Lake Lloyd Vincent, a 160 acre watershed lake, and two intermittent streams with beaver ponds are located within the boundary.  The average annual precipitation for the area is about 24 inches.

Game Species of Interest:  

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

            Deer: White-tailed deer are usually present in fair numbers. 

            Turkey: Rio Grande wild turkey are present in fair numbers. 

            Rabbit: Mostly cottontails, but an occasional jackrabbit may be  found. 

            Furbearers: Coyote, bobcat and raccoon are available. 

            Dove: Dove may be present in good numbers during peak migration. 

            Waterfowl: Few present, limited to Lake Vincent and ponds.  

Nongame Species of Interest:

            Bald eagle: Occasionally winter at the lake.           

Description of Wildlife Management Practices:
Management efforts focus on producing native cover plants and wildlife foods such as ragweed and sunflower, although some small agricultural food plots are planted annually.

Camping and Facilities:
Six designated primitive camping areas are located on the area.  Both lodging and restaurants are available in Arnett. No shooting range is available.

Fishing Opportunities:
Fishing opportunities exist at the lake and several small ponds on the area.

Map:

Ellis County WMA Map - best general purpose map, pdf format (8.5x11)

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