Heyburn Wildlife Management Area

By: Bruce Burton, Biologist at Deep Fork, Okmulgee, and Heyburn WMA’s.  Phone: (918) 759-1816.  
Steve Bray, wildlife technician (918) 759-0101.

Area Description:

The Heyburn WMA is a 5,865 acre tract of US Army COE land surrounding Heyburn Lake.  It has numerous post oak-blackjack ridges and old abandoned agricultural fields. It is located south of Hwy. 33, east of Hwy. 48, and north of Hwy. 66, in central Creek County.

Oaks, elms and  sycamores dominate the woodland canopy, with native grass meadows in woodland openings. Due to its varied soils and vegetation types, the area supports a diversity of native and migratory wildlife. Heyburn Lake is a small COE flood control and water supply reservoir that is now very shallow in its upper reaches and no longer navigable by large boats. The average annual precipitation is 42 inches. 

WMA Driving Directions: From Bristow: 12 miles north on State Hwy 48, 3 miles east on State Hwy 33, 2 miles south on S. 305th Ave W (access road to COE Sheppard Point Park).

Game Species of Interest: 

Quail: Bobwhite quail are present in low numbers adjacent to agricultural areas. 

Deer: White-tailed deer are present in good numbers but are highly sought after. 

Turkey: Rio Grand turkeys are present in fair numbers but are highly sought after. 

Rabbit: Cottontails are present in good numbers, very few swamp rabbits. 

Furbearers: Bobcat, coyote and raccoon are abundant. 

Doves: Dove are present in low numbers, area is not in a major flyway. 

Waterfowl: Ducks are usually present in low numbers. Conditions usually heavily hunted, improve as shallow wetlands freeze in Dec. - Jan.

Description of Fish and Wildlife Management Practices:
Approximately 150 acres of the area are row cropped annually. In addition, wildlife plots are planted annually.

Camping Facilities:  
Two camping areas are located at Heyburn Lake and operated by the COE. One is located on the north side of the lake, south of Hwy. 33 and the other is located near the dam on the south side of the lake just west of Kellyville. Check dates as campgrounds are open seasonally.

Fishing Opportunities:
Bass, crappie, and catfish are all abundant in Heyburn Lake. Both campgrounds have improved boat ramps, but this lake is not suitable for large boats.

Maps:

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

color="#0071AB">   Information on the lake and surrounding area

Area map courtesy of US Army Corp of Engineers

Regulations: Seasons on public lands section of hunting regulations

For additional information and area attractions:
Cushing Chamber of Commerce
www.cushingchamber.org

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

Sand Springs Chamber of Commerce
918-245-3221
www.sandspringschamber.com

Sapulpa Chamber of Commerce
101 E Dewey, Sapulpa OK 74006
918-224-0170
www.sapulpamainstreet.com