The ODWC manages and operates numerous areas across the state for hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation purposes.
The primary objective on all lands owned or managed by the Department is the sound management and use of fish and wildlife resources resident thereon. Public use of Department-managed lands is permitted according to the following priorities:
- Hunting, fishing, trapping, running dogs for sport and associated activities.
- Other wildlife-oriented activities (nature observation or photography, and conservation education).
- Non-wildlife-related activities, when such activities do not conflict with the wildlife management objective (picnicking, hiking, backpacking, short-term camping, horseback riding).
- Large group activities (military training, organized trail rides).
Be sure to review additional Department-Managed Area Rules in the regulations online HERE.
You can also check out some of the Department Lakes managed by the ODWC. Additionally below are some resources to find additional places to go outdoors. For a list of WMA's with non-ambulatory access click here.
Managing Wildlife in Oklahoma’s Diverse Regions
We visit with biologists near Oklahoma Mesonet stations receiving the lowest and highest rainfall amounts in 2022 to learn how the Wildlife Department meets its habitat management goals and adapts to wildly different conditions.
Jan 26, 2023
The Importance of Shrub Cover for Quail
Are some shrubs better than others? What should a suitable shrub thicket look like for quail and how many should be there?
Jan 11, 2023