Beaver River WMA covers 18,623.51 acres of western Beaver County in the Oklahoma panhandle. Located just east of Hwy. 83 (southeast of the town of Turpin), Beaver River WMA is a mixture of upland, flood plain, and river bottom. Sagebrush and buffalo grass are predominate on upland sites, which are interspersed with sand plum thickets and rolling sandhills. Bottomlands consist of sand plum thickets, salt cedar, and mixed grassland. The Beaver River, which runs intermittently, offers a classic western Oklahoma floodplain comprised of cottonwood, hackberry, and American elm. The average annual precipitation for the area is about 19 inches. Approximately 20 windmills and 10 guzzlers have been installed to provide water for wildlife. Management practices include grazing of cattle, strip disking, strip mowing, and prescribed burns.
The Beaver River WMA has an additional 5,110 acres which are part of the Beaver River WMA - McFarland Unit.
Management efforts focus on producing native wildlife foods such as ragweed and sunflower, although some small agricultural food plots are planted annually throughout the WMA. An additional 400 acres of agricultural plots are planted in an agriculture lease program.
Going Quail Hunting?
During quail hunting season, wing collection boxes are placed at several wildlife management areas: Beaver River, Optima, Packsaddle, Cooper, Kaw, Drummond Flats, Canton, Fort Supply, Cross Timbers, and Pushmataha. Hunters are asked to donate a wing from each quail they harvest for research purposes. Ultimately, the wings can help determine the status of the quail populations at the WMAs and can offer clues about how next year’s season might pan out.
From Beaver take US-270 W/Crescent Douglas north for 3.4 miles. Turn west onto Beaver Rd. Travel for 8 miles to N1310 Rd. Travel south onto N1310 Rd. After 0.8 miles you will reach a “T” intersection, turn right. The rifle range will be on your right.
Five designated primitive camping areas are offered on the area. The Beaver Dunes Park offers campsites with facilities and RV hookups. The State Park can be reached at (580) 625-3373. The towns of Beaver and Forgan have lodging and restaurants. The Beaver Chamber of Commerce can be reached at (580) 625-4726. In Forgan contact the city clerk at (580) 487-3393.
A rifle range can be found on the north side of the area. It offers both 50 and 100 yard ranges and has a covered shooting bench.
Features: 100-yard rifle range with 4 covered shooting benches, a trap range, and ADA access and parking.
Coordinates: 36°51'6.42"N 100°39'27.76"W
Driving Directions: From Beaver take US-270 W/Crescent Douglas north for 3.4 miles. Turn west onto Beaver Rd. Travel for 8 miles to N1310 Rd. Travel south onto N1310 Rd. After 0.8 miles you will reach a “T” intersection, turn right. The rifle range will be on your right.
Be sure to review Department-Managed Area Rules on shooting ranges before use.
Fishing opportunities exist at Beaver Dunes Park, about 10 miles east of the area and at Lake Evans Chambers (known locally as Clear Lake) located about 45 miles east of the area. There are no ponds or permanent pools on the WMA to sustain a reliable fishery.
Area closed to all activities for controlled deer hunts Nov. 18-19, 2023.
Same As Statewide Seasons
Closed to all nonhunting activities, except hunter camping, from Oct. 1 - Feb. 15.
Hunter and angler camping is allowed in designated areas.