Sparrow Hawk Wildlife Management Area

By: Curt Allen, Biologist for Cookson, Sparrow Hawk and Ozark Plateau WMA’s.   cooksonwma@lrec.org   Phone: (918) 260-8959.

Area Description:
Sparrow Hawk WMA consists of approximately 566 acres in Cherokee county and is located on Hwy.10 approximately 5 miles east of Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

Dense stands of oak-hickory timber interspersed with some short leaf pine on rolling, rocky, and relatively steep hills predominates the area.  The average annual precipitation is about 41 inches. 

WMA Driving Directions: From Tahlequah: 1 mile east on U.S. Hwy 62, 3 miles north on State Hwy 10, 0.3 miles east on E0730 (black top road).

Game Species of Interest: 

Bear: No season. Sightings are very rare, usually only transient animals.

Deer: White-tailed deer are present in fair numbers. 

Turkey: Rio Grand turkeys are present in low numbers.   

Quail: Bobwhite quail are present in low numbers. 

Rabbit: Cottontail rabbits are available. 

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

Furbearers: Coyote, bobcat, Gray fox, raccoon, skunk, mink and opossum can be found on the area. 

Dove: Dove may be present in very low numbers. 

Nongame Species of Interest:

Bald eagle: Eagles occasionally winter along the Illinois river which borders the area to the west. 

Description of Fish and Wildlife Management Practices:
The area is a land grant, in which the donors requested the area be kept in pristine condition.  Therefore, it is maintained as a primitive area with little development and consists almost exclusively of mature hard wood closed canopy timber.  The only available water is the Illinois River.  Management for wildlife is limited to population control through annual seasons and bag limits. 

Camping and Facilities:
Camping is not permitted on the area.  Accommodations can be found in Tahlequah.  The Tahlequah Chamber of Commerce can be reached at (918) 456-3742.  

Fishing Opportunities:
The Illinois River provides excellent year around fishing smallmouth, spotted and largemouth bass, channel catfish and a variety of sunfish species. For more information about floating and/or fishing the Illinois River contact the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission (918) 456-3251.

Maps:

Sparrow Hawk WMA Map  - best general purpose map, pdf format (8.5x11)

Map US Geological Survey Map, Oklahoma Geological Survey Branch - Norman, Ok - 405-325-3031
Tahlequah Quadrangle  -  Cost $4.50 plus $2.50 shipping

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

Upper McClellan-Kerr Waterway Association
PO Box 2361
Muskogee, OK 74402
918-684-6363
1-888-687-6137

Muskogee Convention and Tourism
412 Boston, Muskogee OK 74402
918-684-6363
1-888-687-6137
www.mymuskogee.com
 

Stilwell Area Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 845
Stilwell OK 74960
918-696-7845

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

Tahlequah
918-456-3742
1-800-456-4860

Greater Tenkiller Area Association
PO Box Ten-K
Cookson OK 74427
918-457-4403
1-888-867-4403
www.laketenkiller.com