Spavinaw Wildlife Management Area

By: Scott Cox, Biologist at Spavinaw and Oologah WMA’s.  Phone: (918) 629-5286.
Spavinaw Headquarters/Office Phone: (918) 253-4253. 

Area Description:

Spavinaw WMA covers 14,316 acres in western Delaware and eastern Mayes counties in northeast Oklahoma and is located south of Hwy. 20 (southwest of the town of Jay).

Spavinaw WMA is a part of the Ozark Plateau with rugged flint hills, bottom lands and some prairie on the west side.  Oak and hickory trees predominate the flint hills, which are interspersed with pine, dogwoods and other understory plants. Bottom lands consist of cottonwood, hackberry and elm trees with some cleared fields present.  The prairie area is comprised primarily of broom sedge bluestem, and native forbs and legumes. The average annual precipitation for the area is about 44 inches.

WMA Driving Directions:

From Jay: 5 miles west on State Hwy 20 (look for WMA signs), 7 miles south on N4559.

From Salina: 11½ miles east on Kenwood Rd (becomes CR487), WMA sign 1 mile past the town of Kenwood, go 5 miles north on Fairview-Eucha Rd.

Game Species of Interest: 

Quail: Bobwhite quail are present in low numbers in the prairie areas. 

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

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

Squirrel: Both fox and gray squirrels are abundant.

Rabbit: Cottontail are present in fair numbers. 

Furbearers: Coyote, bobcat and raccoon are available. 

Waterfowl: Limited duck hunting around Spavinaw and Eucha lakes. 

Nongame Species of Interest:

Bald eagle: Eagles winter on Spavinaw and Eucha lakes.

Other: There are several neo-tropical migrants and a couple of bat species that are uncommon or rare that migrate through the area. 

Description of Fish and Wildlife Management Practices:
Approximately 25-30 small ponds have been dug to provide watering areas for wildlife.  There have been several clearings made throughout the area to promote native plant growth and are maintained through controlled burning and mowing.  Management efforts focus on producing native wildlife foods, although some small agricultural food plots are planted, annually. Control hunts offered on GMA small portion in PHA.

Camping and Facilities:
One designated primitive camping area is offered on the area, allowed only during open hunting seasons, while both lodging and restaurants are available in Jay.  The Jay Chamber of Commerce can be reached at (918) 253-8698. 

Fishing Opportunities:
Fishing opportunities exist at Spavinaw and Eucha lakes, owned by the City of Tulsa.  Both lakes are within one mile of the WMA boundary, and are best known for their exceptional bluegill fishing. Largemouth bass and catfish are also popular.  Spavinaw creek also provides opportunity for bass and sunfish species.  There are no ponds or permanent pools stocked with fish on the area.

Maps:

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

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