Cucumber Creek Wildlife Management Area

By:   Jeff Ford, Biologist.  Phone: (918) 653-2012.

Area Description:  Approximately 16,000 acres of mature pine and hardwood forest comprised of steep slopes and rocky terrain.  Located in Le Flore County, near the Arkansas border, 4.8 miles south of Big Cedar east of U.S Hi way 259 along and south of U.S. Forest Service road 6025.

Game Species if Interest:

Quail: Bobwhite quail are present in low numbers.

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

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

Black Bears: Good population of Bears.

Rabbit: Both cottontails and swamp rabbits are present with cottontails being more common

Squirrel: Both Fox and gray squirrels are present.

Dove: Occur for short periods of time during their annual migration. 

Woodcock: Occur in relatively low numbers.

Furbearers:  River Otter, Coyote, bobcat, fox, beaver and raccoon are available.

Nongame Species of Interest:

Thirty-three species of birds, more than half of them neo-tropical migrants, nest in the area.

Bachman’s Sparrow: Present on the WMA.

Brown Creeper: Present, but only in very low numbers.

Owls: Several species of owls may be observed on the area.

Bald Eagle: Generally have a low population of eagles that winter on or around the WMA

In addition, there are many plants and animals found only in the Ouachita Mountains

Description of Fish and Wildlife Management Practices: Prescribed burns to reduce ground litter and allow sunlight to reach forest floor to improve browse for wildlife species and slow growth of invasive plant species.

Camping and Facilities: All camping is primitive, no facilities available. See U.S. Forest Service regulations.

Fishing Opportunities: Cucumber Creek runs most of the year however it tends to slow down and hold in shallow pools during the summer months. Fish species that can be found are Black Bass, Catfish, and Sunfish

Maps:

Cucumber Creek WMA Map - - best general purpose map, pdf format (8.5x11)

Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs) now available

Regulations: Seasons on public lands section of hunting regulations