Keystone WMA covers 22,393 acres of Creek, Osage, and Pawnee Counties in north central Oklahoma. Located near the towns of Cleveland, Mannford, and Oilton, Keystone WMA is comprised of the Arkansas and Cimarron rivers and adjacent flood plains and bottom lands.
The Arkansas and Cimarron Rivers are wide shallow major drainages in the state and with their sandbars they comprise about 20% of the WMA acreage. Adjacent to the rivers are forests dominated by willow and cottonwood. As the elevation rises from the rivers, the WMA transitions to a mixture of bottomland hardwood trees, cropland fields, old fallow farm fields, and smaller areas of upland habitat. There are numerous sloughs, natural and man-made wetlands, and mudflats where the rivers deposit silt into the lake. Much of the water on the WMA is too shallow for boat traffic unless the lake elevation is high.
Keystone WMA – Arkansas River Unit
Along the Arkansas River and its tributaries between the towns of Cleveland and Blackburn there are numerous access points, many of which can be accessed off State Hwy 64.
Keystone WMA – Cimarron River Unit
Along the Cimarron River and tributaries between State Hwy 48 and State Hwy 99, along Hwy State 51, west of Mannford.
Game Species of Interest:
- Waterfowl: Ducks are usually present in fair numbers. Resident geese are present in fair numbers.
- Deer: White-tailed deer are present in good numbers but are highly sought after.
- Rabbit: Cottontails are present and fair populations can be found at scattered locations in the upland habitats.
- Dove: Dove are usually present in fair numbers around manipulated fields.
- Quail: Bobwhites are present in low numbers at scattered locations in the upland habitats.
- Squirrel: Both gray and fox squirrels are present in good numbers.
- Turkey: Rio Grande wild turkeys are present at a very low density.
- Furbearers: Coyote, bobcat, raccoon, and beaver are available.
Nongame Species of Interest:
- Bald Eagle: Eagles are a fairly common sight along the rivers from November-March.
- Wading Birds: Present in moderate numbers throughout the year with several Great Blue Heron rookeries around the lake.
- Shorebirds: Present in high numbers in the lake summer and early spring during flood/drawdown operations at Cottonwood Creek WDU.
- Pelicans: Present year-round below the dam but can be found in high numbers around the lake from late summer through early spring.
Description of Fish and Wildlife Management Practices:
Management efforts focus on producing native wildlife foods. Prescribed burns are conducted when conditions permit. Supplemental forage is provided through management of farming leases and food plot plantings. Wetland development units are managed to provide additional waterfowl habitat and hunting opportunity.
Camping and Facilities:
Any location within 150 feet of a public use road is available for primitive camping on the WMA. Campgrounds with electrical hookups can be found on Keystone Lake at Keystone State Park (918) 865-4991, or at Corps of Engineers managed parks (918) 865-2621.
Abundant fishing opportunities exist on Keystone Lake; the rivers and their tributaries. Blue catfish, channel catfish, sand bass, and crappie are the species most sought by WMA anglers. There are fair to good fishing opportunities for largemouth bass, flathead catfish and striped bass on the main body of the lake.
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
Sand Springs Chamber of Commerce
Tulsa Convention and Visitors Bureau
Williams Center Tower II
Two West Second Street, Tulsa OK 74103