McClellan-Kerr Wildlife Management Area

By: Mike Plunkett, Senior Biologist on McClellan-Kerr and Fort Gibson WMAs.  Phone: (918) 625-3910.

Area Description:

McClellan-Kerr WMA covers 7,905 acres in Wagoner, Muskogee, Haskell and Sequoyah counties.

Located along the McClellen-Kerr navigation system the area is mainly river and bottom land habitat with scattered agricultural fields.

WMA Driving Directions:

Billy Creek & Chouteau Portions

Billy Creek – From Wagoner: 4½ miles west on State Hwy 51, 1½ miles south on N4230, 1 mile east on gravel access road.

Chouteau – From Wagoner: 2½ miles west on U.S. Hwy 51, 4 miles south on N4250.

From the Highway 10 and Highway 100 junction in Gore, take Highway 10 southeast for approximately two miles.  Turn north to WMA.  This accesses the east side of the Lower Illinois River (between the Illinois River and “Deep Branch”) portion of McClellan Kerr (RS Kerr) WMA.

McClellan-Kerr WMA: Robert S. Kerr Portion

Harkey Island portion – From Vian: From U.S. Hwy 64 and State Hwy 82 junction, 4 miles east on U.S. Hwy 64, 3 miles south on N4550 to the “T” intersection. Turn west on E1100 and follow into area.

Lower Illinois River portion, west side – From Gore: From junction of State Hwy 100 and U.S. Hwy 64, 1½ miles southeast on U.S. Hwy 64, turn north and continue 0.8 miles to WMA access on east (right).

Lower Illinois River portion, east side – From Gore: From junction of State Hwy 100 and U.S. Hwy 64, 2 miles southeast on U.S. Hwy 64, turn north to WMA. 

McClellan-Kerr WMA: Webbers Falls Portion

From Braggs: 2 miles west on E0930.

 

Game Species of Interest: 

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

Turkey: Very few Rio Grande turkeys are present. 

Quail: Bobwhite quail are present. 

Rabbit: Cottontail are present in fair numbers and Swamp rabbits can be found in some areas. 

Furbearers: Coyote, bobcat and raccoon are present. 

Dove: The area offers agricultural fields that attract dove. 

Squirrel: Fox and Gray squirrels are present. 

Waterfowl: Usually good duck and goose numbers on and around the area. 

Nongame Species of Interest:

            Bald eagle: Eagles winter on the McClellan-Kerr Navigation system.

Description of Fish and Wildlife Management Practices:
Approximately 1,000 acres are planted to row crops on the area, annually.  Controlled burns are utilized to manage parts of the area.  A 250 acre waterfowl refuge, near Braggs, is managed for waterfowl with a 100 acre wetland unit and fields planted to corn and soybeans, annually.

Camping and Facilities:
No camping is allowed on the area.  However, the US Army Corps of Engineers has several camping areas near the area.

Fishing Opportunities:
The McClellan-Kerr navigation system offers good fishing opportunities for catfish species (flathead, blue and channel) as well as black bass.

Maps:

McClellan-Kerr WMA Map Billy Creek - Choteau Pool - best general purpose map, pdf format (8.5x11)

McClellan-Kerr WMA Robert S Kerr - best general purpose map, pdf format (8.5x11)

McClellan-Kerr WMA Webbers Falls

color="#0071AB">   Webbers Falls Wetlands Development Area

Information on Chouteau Lake

Area map on Chouteau Public Hunting area

Information on Newt Graham Lock and Dam

Area map on Newt Graham Lack and Dam Public Hunting area

Information on Webbers Falls Lock and Dam

Area map of Webbers Falls Lock and Dam Public Hunting Area

Information on Robert S. Kerr Lock and Dam

Area map on Robert S Kerr Lock and Dam Public Hunting Area

Information on W. D. Mayo Lock and Dam

Printed Corps of Engineers Hunting Maps (McClellan Kerr – RS Kerr) are available through the US Army Corps of Engineers (COE).  These maps show all COE lands that are open for hunting (both ODWC licensed lands and COE controlled lands) on the respective reservoirs and give a good vicinity overview.  Contact the RS Kerr COE at 918-775-4474.

Regulations: Seasons on public lands section of hunting regulations

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

Upper McClellan-Kerr Waterway Association
PO Box 2361
Muskogee, OK 74402
918-684-6363
1-888-687-6137

Muskogee Convention and Tourism
412 Boston, Muskogee OK 74402
918-684-6363
1-888-687-6137
www.mymuskogee.com
 

Stilwell Area Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 845
Stilwell OK 74960
918-696-7845

Tulsa Convention and Visitors Bureau
Williams Center Tower II
Two West Second Street, Tulsa OK 74103
918-585-1201
1-800-558-3311
www.visittulsa.com

Tahlequah
918-456-3742
1-800-456-4860

Greater Tenkiller Area Association
PO Box Ten-K
Cookson OK 74427
918-457-4403
1-888-867-4403
www.laketenkiller.com