Fort Supply Wildlife Management Area

By: Eddie Wilson, Biologist at the Fort Supply and Hal and Fern Cooper WMA’s. Phone: (580) 334-0343.

Area Description:
Fort Supply WMA covers 5,418 acres of northwestern Woodward County. Located just west of Hwy. 270 (northwest of the city of Woodward), Fort Supply WMA is primarily river bottom with rolling sand hills located along the east side of the WMA.

Mixed grass prairie and sagebrush  predominate on upland sites, which are interspersed with sand plum thickets. The river bottom consist of cottonwood, American elm, hackberry and eastern red cedar interspersed with sand plum thickets, salt cedar, roughleaf dogwood, buttonbush and mixed grassland. Wolf Creek runs through the entire length of the area until reaching Fort Supply Lake. The average annual precipitation for the area is about 20 inches.

WMA Driving Directions: From Woodward: 9 miles northwest on U.S. Hwy 270 / U.S. Hwy 183. West side of the highway.

Game Species of Interest: 

Pheasant: Present but only in low numbers, most often taken as a bonus by quail hunters. 

Quail: Bobwhite quail are usually present in good numbers but are highly sought after. 

Deer: White-tailed deer are present in fair numbers, mule deer are extremely rare. 

Turkey: Rio Grande wild turkeys are present in fair numbers but are highly sought after. 

Rabbit: Both cottontails and jackrabbits are present, however jackrabbits are rare. 

Furbearers: Coyote, bobcat and raccoon are available. 

Dove: Dove hunting opportunity is limited to upland areas.

Waterfowl: Duck and goose hunting opportunities are available on Fort Supply Lake and on sloughs located south of the lake along Wolf Creek.
          

Nongame Species of Interest: 

            Bald eagle: A limited number of eagles winter at Fort Supply Lake.

Description of Fish and Wildlife Management Practices:
Fort Supply WMA has 3 windmills, 1 solar powered water pump and 4 guzzlers to provide watering facilities for wildlife. Management practices include prescribed grazing of cattle, strip disking, strip mowing and prescribed burns. Management efforts focus on producing native wildlife foods such as ragweed, croton and sunflower. Approximately 120 acres of department managed agricultural food plots are planted annually throughout the WMA. An additional 480 acres of agricultural plots are planted annually in an agriculture lease program.

Camping and Facilities:
Eight designated primitive camping areas are offered on the area. The US Army Corps of Engineers at Fort Supply Lake offers campsites with facilities and RV hookups. The Corps of Engineers lake office can be reached at (580) 766-2701.

The town of Fort Supply offers fuel and food. Both lodging and restaurants are available in Woodward. The Woodward Chamber of Commerce can be reached at (580) 256-7411.   A public gun range can be found on the south end of  Fort Supply WMA. The US Army Corps of Engineers offers a public gun range located just to the north the Corps of Engineers office(2 miles south of the town of Fort Supply). Both ranges offer 50 and 100 yard shooting opportunity.

Fishing Opportunities:
Fishing opportunities exist in Wolf Creek and Fort Supply Lake for catfish and other species. There are no ponds on Fort Supply WMA capable of sustaining a reliable fishery.

Maps:

Ft. Supply WMA Map - best general purpose map, pdf format (8.5x11)

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Area map courtesy of US Army Corp of Engineers

 

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

Woodward Chamber of Commerce
800-364-5352
www.woodwardchamber.com