McGee Creek WMA covers 10,000 acres of southcentral Atoka County of the southeastern part of Oklahoma. Located 11 miles east of Stringtown on Greasy Bend road, terrain within the WMA ranges from steep to moderately steep. Vegetation consists of oak-pine association. The average precipitation of the area is about 52 inches annually.
From Stringtown: At the junction of U.S. Hwy 69 and State Hwy 43, go .06 miles east to “Y” and turn right, 11 miles on Greasy Bend Rd to sign, turn right, 1 mile to headquarters on Cane Break Rd.
Game Species of Interest:
- Quail: Bobwhite quail are present in low number.
- Deer: White-tailed deer exist in good numbers but are highly sought after.
- Turkey: Eastern wild turkey are present in good numbers but are highly sought after.
- Rabbit: Cottontails are present in fair numbers.
- Furbearers: Coyote, bobcat and raccoon are available.
- Dove: Low numbers are present during annual migration.
- Waterfowl: A few wood ducks and mallards can be found on McGee Creek Lake.
- Squirrel: Fox and gray squirrels are present in good numbers.
Nongame Species of Interest:
- Bald Eagle: Eagles winter on nearby Atoka and McGee Creek lakes.
- Owls: Numerous species exist. The Screech owl is the most abundant.
- Nongame Birds
Description of Fish and Wildlife Management Practices:
Approximately 50 acres of wildlife habitat plots are maintained and planted annually. Each year approximately 1/3 of the area is controlled burned on a three-year rotation.
Camping and Facilities:
One designated primitive camping area is offered on the area. Additional camping and cabin rental can be obtained through the McGee Creek State Park (580) 889-5822 while both lodging and restaurants are available in Atoka and McAlester. The Atoka City Hall can be reached at (580) 889-3341.
Through stockings of Florida largemouth bass, McGee Creek lake is one of Oklahoma’s top lakes for springtime trophy bass. Catfish and crappie are also good at certain times throughout the year.