Keystone Wildlife Management Area

By: Matt Mattioda, Biologist at Keystone and Skiatook  WMA’s. Phone: (918) 629-4625.

Area Description:Keystone WMA covers 16,537 acres of Creek, Osage, and Pawnee Counties in north central Oklahoma. Located near the towns of Cleveland, Mannford, and Oilton, Keystone WMA is comprised of the Arkansas and Cimarron rivers and adjacent flood plains and bottom lands.

The Arkansas and Cimarron Rivers are wide shallow major drainages in the state and with their sandbars they comprise about 20% of the WMA acreage.  Adjacent to the rivers are forests dominated by willow and cottonwood.  As the elevation rises from the rivers, the WMA transitions to a mixture of bottomland hardwood trees, cropland fields, old fallow farm fields, and smaller areas of upland habitat.  There are numerous sloughs, natural and man-made wetlands, and mudflats where the rivers deposit silt into the lake.  Much of the water on the WMA is too shallow for boat traffic unless the lake elevation is high. 

WMA Driving Directions:

Along the Arkansas River and its tributaries between the towns of Cleveland and Blackburn. There are numerous access points, many of which can be accessed off State Hwy 64.

Keystone WMA – Cimarron River Unit

Along the Cimarron River and tributaries between State Hwy 48 and State Hwy 99, along Hwy State 51, west of Mannford.

 

Game Species of Interest: 

Waterfowl: Ducks are usually present in fair numbers. Resident geese are present in fair numbers.

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

Rabbit: Cottontails are present and fair populations can be found at scattered locations in the upland habitats.

Dove: Dove are usually present in fair numbers around manipulated fields.

Quail: Bobwhites are present in low numbers at scattered locations in the upland habitats. 

Squirrel: Both gray and fox squirrels are present in good numbers. 

Turkey: Rio Grande wild turkeys are present at a very low density.

Furbearers: Coyote, bobcat, raccoon, and beaver are available. 
 

Nongame Species of Interest:

Bald Eagle: Eagles are a fairly common sight along the rivers from November-March. 

Other: Wading birds, shorebirds, pelicans and other wetland related birds can be found in good numbers at different times of the year.

Description of Fish and Wildlife Management Practices:
Management efforts focus on producing native wildlife foods.  Prescribed burns are conducted when conditions permit.  Supplemental forage is provided through management of farming leases and food plot plantings.  Wetland development units are managed to provide additional waterfowl habitat and hunting opportunity. 

Camping and Facilities:
Any location within 150 feet of a public use road is available for primitive camping on the WMA. 
Campgrounds with electrical hookups can be found on Keystone Lake at Keystone State Park (918) 865-4991, Walnut Creek State Park (918) 242-3362 or at Corps of Engineers managed parks (918) 865-2621.

Fishing Opportunities:
Abundant fishing opportunities exist on Keystone Lake; the rivers and their tributaries.  Blue catfish, channel catfish, sand bass, and crappie are the species most sought by WMA anglers.
 There are fair to good fishing opportunities for largemouth bass, flathead catfish and striped bass on the main body of the lake.

Maps:

Keystone WMA Cimarron Unit Map - best general purpose map, pdf format (8.5x11)

Keystone WMA Arkansas Unit Map - best general purpose map, pdf format (8.5x11)

Keystone Lake

Information on the lake and surrounding area

Area map courtesy of US Army Corp of Engineers


Regulations: Seasons on public lands section of hunting regulations

For additional information and area attractions:

www.GreenCountryOK.com
1-800-922-2118

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

Sand Springs Chamber of Commerce
918-245-3221
www.sandspringschamber.com

Tulsa Convention and Visitors Bureau
Williams Center Tower II
Two West Second Street, Tulsa OK 74103
918-585-1201
1-800-558-3311
www.visittulsa.com