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District 1 Wildlife Management Areas

WVDNR Wildlife Resources
P.O. Box 99
Farmington, WV 26571
(304) 825-6787

(Wildlife Management Areas are listed according to their reference on the WMA Map)

1. Bear Rock Lakes

Location: Ohio County
Off U.S. Route 40 near Valley Grove, eight miles east of Wheeling and three miles from the Dallas Pike Interchange of I-70 or West Alexander Road to Stoolfire Road to Park Hill Road to WMA
Size: 242 acres
Terrain: moderate to gently rolling slopes dominated by mixed hardwood forests and open fields
Hunting Prospects: deer, rabbit, squirrel, turkey, waterfowl
> Hunting is limited due to area size.

Fishing Opportunities
Bear Lake: 8 acres -
electric motors only
> Boat ramp, physically challenged fishing trail
Rock Lake: 4 acres
Baker Lake: 3.4 acres
Wood Pond: 0.5 acres
> Class Q fishing area
Game Fish: bluegill, channel catfish, largemouth bass, trout (stocked)

Accommodations and Facilities
On the WMA:
toilets
> Camping is not permitted.

Owned by WVDNR
Managed by Wildlife Resources Section
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3. Burches Run

Location: Marshall County
County Route 14, which intersects state Route 88 approximately six miles south of Wheeling or county Routes 5 and 16.
Size: 55 acres (Burches Run Lake no longer exists as the dam was breached in 2005.)
Terrain: gently rolling hillsides ranging in elevation from 780 to 900 feet, mature oak-hickory forest covers most of the area
Hunting Prospects: deer, squirrel, waterfowl
> Hunting is limited due to area size.

Accommodations and Facilities
On the WMA: Camping is not permitted.

Owned by WVDNR
Managed by Wildlife Resources Section

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4. Castlemans Run Lake

Location: Brooke and Ohio counties
Approximately three miles south of Bethany along county Route 32, off U.S. Route 40 near Potomac Settlement in Brooke County. Access can also be gained from county Route 32/3 and 32/5.
Size: 486 acres
Terrain: moderately steep slopes dominated by mixed hardwoods, brushland and open fields
Hunting Prospects: deer, grouse, raccoon, squirrel, turkey

Fishing Opportunities
Castlemans Run Lake: 22 acres - electric motors only

> Boat ramp, fishing trail
Game Fish: largemouth bass, bluegill, catfish, muskellunge, tiger musky, northern pike, trout (stocked)

Accommodations and Facilities
On the WMA:
toilets
> Camping is not permitted.

Owned by WVDNR
Managed by Wildlife Resources Section

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5. Cecil H. Underwood

Location: Marshall and Wetzel counties
Ten miles south of Cameron along U.S. Route 250, county Routes 89 and 250/13 (Rice Ridge Road).
Size: 2,215 acres
Terrain: steep to moderate slopes ranging in elevation from 800 feet along the West Virginia Fork of Fish Creek to 1,510 feet with oak-hickory and cove hardwoods dominating the forest canopy. WMA is interspersed with numerous access trails and forest clearings.
Hunting Prospects: deer, grouse, squirrel, turkey

Fishing Opportunities
West Virginia Fork of Fish Creek
Game Fish: rock and smallmouth bass, sunfish

Accommodations and Facilities
On the WMA: Camping is not permitted.

Owned by WVDNR
Managed by Wildlife Resources Section

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6. Center Branch

Location: Harrison County
State Route 20 at Stonewood and county Route 25, north of Mt. Clare or county Route 20/10 (Turkey Run Road).
Size: 975 acres
Terrain: strip-bench flats to moderately steep slopes and scattered high walls rising in elevation to 1,520 feet covered with primarily mixed hardwood and cove hardwood forests in pole timber to early saw timber stages. WMA is interspersed with gas well locations and access roads.
Hunting Prospects: deer, grouse, squirrel, turkey

Accommodations and Facilities
On the WMA: Camping is not permitted.

Owned by WVDNR
Managed by Wildlife Resources Section

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7. Cross Creek

Location: Brooke County
Approximately six miles northeast of Wellsburg along county Route 7 at Virginville. Access can also be gained from county Routes 7/3, 7/4 and 27/5.
Size: 2,078 acres
Terrain: gently rolling (reclaimed surface mine areas) to moderately steep slopes with scattered high walls rising in elevation to 1,250 feet, primarily covered with mixed hardwoods. WMA consists of reclaimed strip mined areas, beaver ponds and strip benches.
Hunting Prospects: deer, grouse, turkey, waterfowl

Fishing Opportunities
Cross Creek
Beaver Ponds: located along Parmar Run
Game Fish: largemouth and smallmouth bass, bluegill, sunfish

Accommodations and Facilities
On the WMA: Camping is not permitted.

Owned by Starvaggi Industries and WVDNR
Managed by Wildlife Resources Section

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8. Dunkard Fork

Location: Marshall County
Northeastern Marshall County along the Pennsylvania state line, and it can be accessed by county Route 15.
Size: 470 acres
Terrain: moderate slopes dominated by oak-hickory and cove hardwood forests
Hunting Prospects: deer, grouse, squirrel, turkey, waterfowl
> Hunting is limited due to area size.

Fishing Opportunities
Dunkard Fork Lake: 49 acres - electric motors only
> Boat ramp, fishing pier
> Note: A portion of this lake is located in Pennsylvania.

Game Fish: black bass (catch-and-release), hybrid-striped bass, bluegill, channel catfish, tiger musky, trout (stocked)

Accommodations and Facilities
On the WMA: Camping is not permitted.

Owned by Wheeling Creek Watershed Commission
Managed cooperatively by WVDNR, Wildlife Resources Section

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9. Hillcrest

Location: Hancock County
Access is off of state Route 8 via county Route 18 (Gas Valley Road), county Route 14 (Middle Run and Orchard Roads) and county Route 42 (Smith Road).
Size: 2,212 acres
Terrain: flat bottomlands to rolling uplands with elevations ranging from 1,000 to 1,280 feet. WMA consists of old fields, orchards, croplands and scattered woodlots.
Hunting Prospects: deer, mourning dove, grouse, pheasant, rabbit, squirrel, turkey

Accommodations and Facilities
On the WMA:
100-yard shooting range, Class Q hunter access road
> Camping is not permitted.
Nearby: Tomlinson Run State Park
www.tomlinsonrunsp.com | (304) 564-3651

Owned by WVDNR
Managed by Wildlife Resources Section

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10. Lantz Farm and Nature Preserve

Location: Wetzel County
U.S. Route 20 at Jacksonburg and county Route 82 (Buffalo Run Road).
Size: 555 acres
Terrain: gently rolling to moderately steep slopes ranging in elevation from 736 to 1,475 feet, dominated by old growth oak-hickory, cove hardwood forests and large open fields
Hunting Prospects: deer, squirrel, turkey
> A portion of the area is safety zoned due to recreational facilities.

Fishing Opportunities
Fishing Ponds
South Fork of Fishing Creek
Game Fish:
largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass, bluegill, channel catfish, sunfish, trout (stocked)

Accommodations and Facilities
On the WMA:
educational interpretive trails
Camping is not permitted.

Owned by Wheeling Jesuit University
Managed cooperatively by WVDNR, Wildlife Resources Section

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11. Lewis Wetzel

Location: Wetzel County
Three-quarter mile south of Jacksonburg on county Route 82 (Buffalo Run Road) or via county Route 13 (Indian Creek Road), approximately 14 miles east of its intersection with state Route 18.
Size: 13,590 acres
Terrain: moderate to steep slopes ranging in elevation from 736 to 1,560 feet. Area is heavily forested and dominated by oak-hickory and cove hardwood. Numerous well locations and pipelines are scattered throughout the area.
Hunting Prospects: deer, grouse, raccoon, squirrel, turkey

Fishing Opportunities
South Fork of Fishing Creek
Game Fish:
smallmouth bass (Pine Grove to Smithfield), spotted bass, trout (stocked)

Accommodations and Facilities
On the WMA:
Campsites – 20 tent/trailer with pit toilets (open seasonally), 100-yard shooting range, Class Q hunter access road

Owned by WVDNR
Managed by Wildlife Resources Section

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12. Little Indian Creek

Location: Monongalia County
Off of state Route 19 near Arnettsville. Access via county Routes 34 and 45/1.
Size: 1,036 acres
Terrain: gently rolling (reclaimed surface mine areas) to moderately steep slopes ranging in elevation from 900 feet to 1,330 feet. Primarily covered with mixed hardwood forests and open fields.
Hunting Prospects: deer, grouse, squirrel, turkey

Accommodations and Facilities
On the WMA: Camping is not permitted.

Owned by WVDNR
Managed by Wildlife Resources Section

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13. Pedlar

Location: Monongalia County
Approximately 10 miles west of Morgantown and seven miles west of I-79 (exit 155) and consists of two non-adjoining tracts of land which separately encompass 328 acres and 440 acres. The smaller parcel is located along state Route 7, and lies approximately one-half mile west of Core, WV. The other tract is located along county Route 41 and lies approximately one-half mile south of its intersection with county Route 7.
Size: 766 acres
Terrain: moderate slopes dominated by mixed hardwood forests of various ages and numerous grassy openings from past coal and logging operations
Hunting Prospects: deer, grouse, squirrel, turkey, waterfowl

Fishing Opportunities
> Note: Lake improvements to be completed in Summer 2007.
Mason Lake:
14.5 acres
- electric motors only
> Boat ramp, physically challenged fishing trail
Dixon Lake: 5.5 acres
> Physically challenged fishing trail
Game Fish: largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, sunfish, trout (stocked)

Accommodations and Facilities
On the WMA:
100-yard shooting range (Note: Range is scheduled for completion Summer 2007.)
> Camping is not permitted.

Owned by WVDNR
Managed by Wildlife Resources Section

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14. Pleasant Creek

Location: Barbour andTaylor counties
Along U.S. Routes 119 and 250, six miles north of Philippi and nine miles south of Grafton.
Size: 3,030 acres
Terrain: varies from wetland to mixed hardwood forest, slopes are moderately steep rising to 1,600 feet in elevation
Hunting Prospects: deer, grouse, rabbit, squirrel, turkey, waterfowl

Fishing Opportunities
Tygart Lake: 1,750 acres
>
Boat ramp, trout stocked in tailwaters, Lake conditions (304) 265-5953, Resource manager (304) 265-1760
Doe Run Impoundment:
electric motors only
Pleasant Creek
Game Fish: rock, smallmouth and white bass, bluegill, channel and flathead catfish, crappie, muskellunge, sunfish, walleye

Accommodations and Facilities
On the WMA:
Campsites − 40 tent/trailer with pit toilets and well water, 200-yard shooting range
Nearby:
Tygart Lake State Park

www.tygartlake.com | (304) 265-6144

Owned by WVDNR and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Managed by Wildlife Resources Section

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15. Pruntytown State Farm

Location: Taylor County
One-half mile west of Pruntytown off U.S. Route 50 and county Routes 38, 16 and 10.
Size: 1,764 acres
Terrain: moderate slopes to gently rolling hills dominated by hay fields, pasture fields and scattered wood lots. The area is an active beef cattle operation managed by the WV Department of Agriculture.
Hunting Prospects: coyote, deer, grouse, mourning dove, rabbit, turkey
> A safety zone is maintained around the farm buildings.

Accommodations and Facilities
On the WMA: Camping is not permitted.
Nearby:
Tygart Lake State Park

www.tygartlake.com | (304) 265-6144

Owned by WV Department of Agriculture
Managed cooperatively by WVDA and WVDNR, Wildlife Resources Section

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16. Snake Hill

Location: Monongalia and Preston counties
Three miles north of Dellslow and accessed by county Routes 75 and 75/2 (Snake Hill Road), the majority of the WMA lies across the Cheat River from Coopers Rock State Forest overlook.
Size: 3,092 acres
Terrain: gently rolling hills to very steep slopes in the Cheat River canyon with elevations ranging from 900 feet to 2,200 feet primarily covered by oak-hickory and cove hardwoods with scattered clearings and gas well locations
Hunting Prospects: deer, grouse, raccoon, squirrel and turkey

Fishing Opportunities
Cheat River: limited access
Game Fish: smallmouth and spotted bass, channel catfish

Accommodations and Facilities
On the WMA: Camping is not permitted.
Nearby:
Coopers Rock State Forest

www.coopersrockstateforest.com | (304) 594-1561

Owned by WVDNR
Managed by Wildlife Resources Section

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17. Teter Creek

Location: Barbour County
County Route 9 from state Route 92 at Meadowville.
Size: 137 acres
Terrain: oak-hickory forests on gentle slopes, abandoned farmlands and mixed conifer plantations, lies in the Allegheny Plateau with an average elevation of 1,800 feet
Hunting Prospects: deer, grouse, raccoon, squirrel, turkey, waterfowl
> Hunting is limited due to area size.

Fishing Opportunities
Teter Creek Lake: 35 acres
- electric motors only
> Boat ramp, trout stocked, physically challenged fishing trail

Game Fish: largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, tiger musky, trout (stocked)

Accommodations and Facilities
On the WMA: Campsites – 20 tent/trailer with pit toilets and well water
Nearby:
Audra State Park

www.audrastatepark.com | (304) 457-1162

Owned by WVDNR
Managed by Wildlife Resources Section

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18. Upper Deckers Creek

Location: Preston County
One mile north of Reedsville via county Route 27/3.
Size: 56 acres
Terrain: gently rolling forested slopes with two man-made shallow wetlands comprising 16 acres
Hunting Prospects: waterfowl
> Hunting is limited due to area size and adjacent houses.

Fishing Opportunities
Impoundments: 2
Game Fish: bluegill

Accommodations and Facilities
On the WMA: Camping is not permitted.

Owned by WVDNR
Managed by Wildlife Resources Section
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