Cimarron Bluff

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Area Description: Cimarron Bluff WMA covers 3,430 acres in northeastern Harper County.  Located north of the city of Woodward. It is four miles south of the junction of Highways 34 and US 64 and than one and a half mile east on County Road 15 (it may not be labeled) to the one of the parking areas. Cimarron Bluff WMA is primarily rolling hills with high bluffs overlooking the west side of the Cimarron River.  Area is dominated by mixed-grass prairie vegetation with isolated pockets of sand sagebrush, sand plum, and sumac occurring on red clay and gypsum soils.  Cottonwood, hackberry, and western soapberry trees exist along the creeks flowing through the property.  A limited amount of Cimarron River flood plain exists along the east boundary of the WMA, dominated by salt flats, interspersed with salt cedar.

Driving Directions
North entrance – From Buffalo: 16 miles east on U.S. Hwy 64, 1 mile south on N2060 (which is 1 mile east of State Hwy 34).
South entrance – From Buffalo: 15 miles east on U.S. Hwy 64, 4 miles south on State Hwy 34, 1½ miles east on Harper County Rd 15 (E0150).

Game Species of Interest:

            Quail: Bobwhite quail are present in moderate numbers.

            Deer: White-tailed deer are present in limited numbers, mule deer are rarely seen.

            Turkey: Rio Grande turkeys are present in fair numbers.

            Pheasant: Pheasants are extremely rare.

            Dove: Dove are present in fair numbers.

            Rabbit: Rabbits are present in fair numbers.

            Waterfowl: Duck and goose opportunities exist on area ponds and along the river.

            Furbearers: Coyote, bobcat and raccoon are present.

Non-Game Species of Interest: Cimarron Bluff is host to a number of non-game species. Such as:  Lesser Prairie Chicken, Bell’s Vireo, Eastern Collard Lizard, Texas Horned Lizard, Western Diamondback and Prairie Rattlesnakes, long-billed curlew, loggerhead shrike, western big-eared bat, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Cassin Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Red Headed Woodpecker, Greater Yellowlegs, Osprey, Snowy Plover, Interior Least Tern, Arkansas River Shiner, and Arkansas Darter. 

Description of Fish and Wildlife Management Practices: Cimarron Bluff has two major ponds and several smaller ponds along with a spring fed creek that will be managed for wildlife water sources.  Management practices will include prescribed grazing by livestock, strip mowing, pasture aeration, prescribed burning, and selective removal of upland trees.  These techniques will produce native wildlife foods that will include ragweed, croton, and sunflowers. 

Fishing Opportunities: Fishing is accessible by walk-in only.  The largest pond on the area, known as Turkey Foot Pond ( named for its shape) is approximately 13 acres in size and offers largemouth and bluegill fishing.  All fishing is catch-and-release only. 

Hunting Opportunities: All hunting activities will be by walk-in only.  Consult regulations before entering the area. 

Birding Opportunities: All activities will be by walk-in only, and will be restricted during hunting seasons and by on-going management practices.  Consult regulations before entering the area.

Camping and User Facilities: The WMA has one primitive camping area located on the south side.  Other accommodations can be found in Woodward, 26 miles south on Highway 34 or in Buffalo, 15 miles to the west on US Highway 64

Maps:

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

Regulations: Seasons on public lands section of hunting regulations.

Region: 
Northwest

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