West Virginia’s mountainous forest lands are home to some of the most diverse wildlife in the east. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources maintains 96 wildlife management areas (WMAs) all over the state, providing visitors and residents with undisturbed hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation.

West Virginia Wildlife Management Areas

Statewide Wildlife Management Program

The Statewide Wildlife Management Program is designed to conserve and manage high quality habitats for a variety of wildlife species and to improve public access to these resources. Management activities on state and national forest lands include planting of trees and shrubs for food and cover, the establishment of wildlife habitat, maintenance of food plots, and the development of wetlands. In addition to conserving and managing high quality wildlife habitat, development projects improve public access and recreational opportunities. Construction of roads, parking lots, trails, and public shooting ranges are vitally important to wildlife management programs.

Wildlife Management Area Acquisitions

The acquisition of Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) in West Virginia is a critical component of the Wildlife Resources Section’s effort to fulfill its mission to the citizens of West Virginia. Spurred by the decline in public access to private land and by the continued destruction of critical habitats, the WMA Program enables wildlife biologists to conserve and manage habitat to benefit all wildlife species. At the present time, 1.4 million acres, representing eight percent of the state’s total land area are managed by the Wildlife Resources Section for public wildlife associated recreation.

Physically Challenged Hunters

Providing hunting access for the state’s physically challenged is a priority of the Wildlife Resources Section. District biologists work with local and national advocacy organizations to modify public use facilities and develop innovative programs that address the needs of physically challenged hunters. Within the next 10 years, the Wildlife Resources Section plans on developing an additional 20 trails on WMAs for the use and enjoyment by the state’s physically challenged.

District 1


Ohio

  1. Bear Rock Lakes

Marshall

2. Burches Run

8. Dunkard Fork

Brooke & Ohio

4. Castlemans Run Lake

Marshall & Wetzel

5. Cecil H. Underwood

Harrison

6. Harrison Branch

Brooke

7. Cross Creek

Hancock

9. Hillcrest

Wetzel

10. Lantz Farm & Nature Preserve

11. Lewis Wetzel

Monongalia

14. Pleasant Creek

17. Teter Creek

Barbour & Taylor

14. Pleasant Creek

Taylor

15. Pruntytown State Farm

Monongalia & Preston

16. Snake Hill

Barbour

17. Teter Creek

Preston

18. Upper Deckers Creek

District 2


Mineral

19. Allegheny

Hampshire

20. Edwards Run

21. Fort Mill Ridge

22. Nathaniel Mountain

24. Short Mountain

Jefferson
23. Shannondale Springs

Berkeley & Morgan

25. Sleepy Creek

Hardy & Hampshire

26. South Branch

Pendleton

27. Thorn Creek

Hardy

28. Warden Lake

Morgan

29. Widmeyer

District 3


Randolph

30. Becky Creek

35. Huttonsville

41. Valley Bend

Webster

31. Big Ditch

Braxton

32. Burnsville

33. Elk River

Pocahontas

34. Handley

Pocahontas & Randolph

36. Slatyfork

Lewis

37. Smoke Camp

38. Stonewall Jackson Lake

Lewis & Upshur

38. Stonecoal Lake

Nicholas

40. Summersville Lake

Clay, Kanawha & Roane

42. Wallback

District 4


McDowell

43. Anawalt Lake

44. Berwind Lake

53. Tug Fork

Fayette

45. Beury Mountain

50. Plum Orchard Lake

Summers, Mercer & Monroe

46. Bluestone Lake

Wyoming

47. Horse Creek Lake

Greenbrier

48. Meadow River

Monroe

49. Moncove Lake

Mingo & Wyoming

51. R.D. Bailey Lake

Mercer

52. Tate Lohr

District 5


Putnam

54. Amherst/Plymouth

Cabell & Wayne

55. Beech Fork Lake

Lincoln

56. Big Ugly

61. Hilbert

66. Upper Mud River

Mason

57. Chief Cornstalk

63. McClintic

Wayne

58. East Lynn Lake

Cabell & Mason

60. Green Bottom

Mingo

62. Laurel Lake

Cabell

64. Millcreek

Clay & Kanawha

64. Morris Creek

Logan

59. Tomblin

District 6


Tyler

67. Buffalo Run

68. Conway Run Lake

76. The Jug

Jackson

69. Frozen Camp

71. O’Brien Lake

73. Rollins Lake

77. Turkey Run

78. Woodrum Lake

Ritchie & Wirt

70. Hughes River

Ritchie

72. Ritchie Mines

Wood & Ritchie

74. Sand Hill

Calhoun & Gilmer

75. Stumptown

Barbour

14. Pleasant Creek

17. Teter Creek

Barbour

14. Pleasant Creek

17. Teter Creek


Rules And Regulations Governing Public Use of West Virginia Wildlife Management Areas

DNR-Owned Or Leased Public Boating And Fishing Access Sites

State Forests

National Forests

National Wildlife Refuges