Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area
By: Dakota Christian, Biologist at Honobia Creek and Three Rivers WMA’s. Phone: (918) 527-5308.
Three Rivers WMA covers 203,215 acres in McCurtain County in southeast Oklahoma. Located north of Hwy. 3/7 and west of Hwy. 259 (north of Broken Bow), Three Rivers WMA is a mixture of pine and hardwood forests.
Loblolly pine plantations of various age classes predominate the majority of the WMA. Interspersed within the pine plantations are hardwood benches and streamside management zones dominated by oaks and hickories. The Glover River runs through the WMA.
The land encompassed within the Three Rivers WMA is privately owned by the Weyerhaeuser Company and available to the public by purchasing a Land Access Fee permit available at all hunting and fishing license vendors. The permit, $40 for Oklahoma residents and $85 for nonresidents, is for all persons accessing the WMA for any recreational purpose. Honobia Creek and Three Rivers WMAs require an annual land access permit ($40) of all residents who hunt or fish on Honobia Creek WMA. Nonresidents are required to purchase a $85 annual permit, no exemptions. Oklahoma residents who are under 18 years of age on the first day of the current calendar year or are 64 years of age or older are exempt from permit requirements.
WMA Driving Directions: From the Highway 259 and Highway 3 intersection in Broken Bow, OK travel NORTH on Highway 259 for 16 miles or travel WEST on Highway 3 for 11 miles. Two entry roads exist into the Three Rivers WMA along Highway 259 and ten entry roads exist into the Three Rivers WMA off Highway 3.
Game Species of Interest:
Quail: Bobwhite quail are present in low numbers.
Black Bear: Present on the WMA but very secretive.
Deer: White-tailed deer are present in good numbers but are highly sought after.
Turkey: Eastern wild turkeys are present in good numbers but are highly sought after.
Rabbit: Both cottontails and swamp rabbits are present with cottontails being more common.
Squirrel: Fox and gray squirrels are present in good numbers.
Furbearers: Coyote, bobcat, opossum, gray fox, beaver, and raccoon are available.
Dove: May be present in very low numbers.
Waterfowl: May be present in low numbers along the creeks and rivers.
Nongame Species of Interest:
Bald Eagle: Eagles winter at Broken Bow Lake and are occasional visitors along rivers and creeks throughout Three Rivers WMA.
American Alligator: Alligators are present in very low numbers in McCurtain County and are occasionally observed on Three Rivers WMA..
Description of Fish and Wildlife Management Practices:
Three walk-in only turkey hunting areas offer hunters an opportunity to hunt free from vehicular disturbance. Management efforts focus on preserving hardwood stands and maintaining travel corridors during clear-cutting. Select roads are closed and managed as linear forest openings. Small agricultural food plots are planted annually.
Camping and Facilities:
No designated camping areas exist, but primitive camping is allowed everywhere on the WMA. Lodging and restaurants are available in Hochatown and Broken Bow.
Fishing opportunities exist for sunfish, bass and channel catfish on some small ponds throughout the WMA. The pristine Glover River bisects the WMA and is one of the last free-flowing streams in the state. Smallmouth bass and sunfish pursued with light spinning tackle or fly fishing tackle can be very effective. Fishing on Three Rivers.
Three Rivers WMA Map - best general purpose map, pdf format (8.5x11)
additional information and area attractions:
Kiamichi Country Tourism
Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce
1134 W Martin Luther King Jr,
Broken Bow 74728
(580) 584-3393 or (800) 528-7337
PO Box 279, Dept KC03
Idabel Chamber of Commerce,
13 North Central, Idabel 74745
Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department
Post Office Box 52002
Oklahoma City, OK 73152-2002
(800) 652-6552 or (405) 521-2409