Broken Bow Wildlife Management Area

 

By: John Skeen, Senior Biologist at Broken Bow and Ouachita (McCurtain Unit) WMA’s and McCurtain County Wilderness Area.  Phone: (580) 241-7875.

Driving Directions: The majority of the WMA lies along the Broken Bow Reservoir, north and south of the McCurtain County Wilderness Area, and can be entered by hiking or by boat from the lake. Only a small portion of the WMA is accessible by road.

From Broken Bow: From U.S. Hwy 70, approximately 20 miles north on U.S. Hwy 259, turn east at the Mount Herman store, 8.5 miles on the Holly Creek Campground Road to the area.

Area Description:
Broken Bow WMA covers 5,420 acres in northern McCurtain County.  Located adjacent to the Broken Bow Reservoir and the Ouachita National Forest (north and east of the town of Broken Bow), this WMA is a mixture of hardwood/pine and riparian forests.  The riparian forest consists primarily of hardwoods, such as sweet and black gums, red maple and elms.  The rugged terrain of the area with its old forests and the adjacent reservoir offer some of the most beautiful scenery in the state.   The average annual precipitation for the area is about 45 inches.

Game Species of Interest: 

Deer: White-tailed deer are present in fair numbers but are highly sought after.

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

Rabbit: Both cottontail and swamp rabbits are present in low numbers

Furbearers: Coyote, bobcat and raccoon are available.

Waterfowl: Migrating waterfowl and resident wood ducks occur infrequently on the  reservoir.         

Nongame Species of Interest:

            Bald eagle: Eagles routinely winter on the Broken Bow Reservoir and Mountain Fork River.

Description of Fish and Wildlife Management Practices:
Approximately 300 acres of the area is subjected to prescribe burning on a three year rotation. The remainder of the area is left to natural succession.

Camping and Facilities:
None on the area, but the Holly Creek Primitive Camping Area is adjacent.

Fishing Opportunities:
Fishing opportunities are excellent on the Reservoir and in the Mountain Fork River. Primary river species include smallmouth bass and sunfish. Broken Bow Lake is known for its black bass fishing (largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass are all present).  The lower Mountain Fork River designated trout area (below Broken Bow dam) offers year-round fishing for both rainbows and brown trout.

Maps:

Broken Bow WMA Map - best general purpose map, pdf format (8.5x11)

Regulations: Seasons on public lands section of hunting regulations

For additional information and area attractions:
Kiamichi Country Tourism  
1-800-722-8180

Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce
1134 W Martin Luther King Jr,
Broken Bow 74728
(580) 584-3393 or (800) 528-7337
chamber@pine-net.com

Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department
Post Office Box 52002
Oklahoma City, OK 73152-2002
(800) 652-6552 or (405) 521-2409
www.travelok.com

Click here for information on the lake and surrounding area

Click here for an area map courtesy of US Army Corps of Engineers