Okmulgee Wildlife Management Area

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

Area Description:

Okmulgee Wildlife Management Area covers 10,900 acres of west-central Okmulgee County.  Located 5 miles west of the city of Okmulgee, the area is heavily wooded in post oak-blackjack timber and bisected by seven miles of the Deep Fork of the Canadian River. The Okmulgee Wildlife Management Area contains one of the largest known tracts of old growth Post oak/Blackjack oak "Crosstimbers" found anywhere. Many of the area's post oaks are likely over 350 years old, making them some of the oldest trees found East of the Rocky Mountains in North America. Crosstimber, although not highly productive, is unique in that it provides habitat for both classic "Western" species like the Greater Roadrunners and Easter species like the Indigo Bunting and is rich in biological diversity.

The area is approximately 95% wooded, with elevations ranging from about 600 ft. near the river to over 950 ft. on wooded ridges. Post oaks, blackjack oaks, and hickories dominate the poor, rocky upland soils, with burr oaks, pin oaks, red oaks and sycamores dominating the riparian bottomland. The average annual rainfall is 42 inches. 

WMA Driving Direction:

  • Entrance #1 – From Okmulgee: From U.S. Hwy 75, 6.9 miles west on State Hwy 56 to entrance on right.
  • Shooting Range – From Okmulgee: From U.S. Hwy 75, 7.9 miles west on State Hwy 56 to entrance on right.
  • Entrance #2 – From Okmulgee: From State Hwy 56, 4 miles north on U.S. Hwy 75, 3 miles west on Celia Berryhill Road to entrance on left.
  • Entrance #3 – From Okmulgee: From State Hwy 56, 4 miles north on U.S. Hwy 75, 5 miles west on Celia Berryhill Road (always keep left) to entrance on left.
  • Entrance #4 – From Beggs: 1.4 miles south on U.S. Hwy 75 ALT, right on Webster Rd, 4.2 miles south on Webster Rd to entrance on right.


     

Game Species of Interest: 

Quail: Bobwhite quail present in low numbers. 

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

Turkey: Turkeys are present in fair numbers but are highly sought after. 

Rabbit: Cottontails and swamp rabbits are present in good numbers but swamp rabbits are highly sought after. 

Furbearers: Bobcat, coyote and raccoon are abundant. 

Doves: Present in low numbers. 

Waterfowl: Waterfowl are abundant when conditions are favorable, primarily mallard, wood duck, and teal. This area rarely holds geese. 

Squirrel: Both gray and fox squirrel are abundant. 
 

Nongame Species of Interest: 

Bald Eagles: Infrequently seen in both summer and winter months. 

Warblers: The mature bottomland hardwoods are frequented by several species of warblers uncommon elsewhere. 

Description of Fish and Wildlife Management Practices:
Approximately fifteen hundred acres are targeted for prescribed burning annually.  Wildlife plots are planted to cool season annuals and permanent clover pastures. Old fields are mowed as needed to control succession in small clearings. Waterfowl units are manipulated with water level controls and annual discing as necessary.

Camping and Facilities: 
A primitive camping area is located just inside Entrance #4 on the Public Hunting Area and Okmulgee State Park is located just one half mile east of the main entrance to the Game Management Area on highway 56. 

Both a 100 and 200 yard shooting range is located on highway 56, one mile west of the Game Management Area entrance #1.

Fishing Opportunities
Fishing opportunities exist at several area ponds, but the area is most famous for its huge flathead catfish that occasionally are wrestled from the Deep Fork River, accesses are open seasonally. Also nearby Okmulgee Lake and Dripping Springs Lake offer good fishing for largemouth bass and other species (i.e. crappie, channel catfish, and sunfish).

Maps:

Okmulgee GMA and PHA Map - best general purpose map, pdf format (8.5x11)

Okmulgee Wetlands Development Area

 

Regulations: Seasons on public lands section of hunting regulations

 

For additional information and area attractions:

Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department
Okmulgee State Park
(918) 7546-5971

Okmulgee Main Street/Tourism
208 W 6th, Okmulgee OK 74447
918-758-1015
www.tourokmulgee.com