McClellan-Kerr WMA, photo by Kelly Adams

McClellan-Kerr WMA

McClellan-Kerr WMA covers 9,366 acres in Wagoner, Muskogee, Haskell and Sequoyah counties.  The McClellan-Kerr WRP is also part of the WMA.

Located along the McClellen-Kerr navigation system the area is mainly river and bottom land habitat with scattered agricultural fields.

Billy Creek Portion 

From Wagoner: 4½ miles west on State Hwy 51, 1½ miles south on N4230, 1 mile east on gravel access road.

Chouteau Portion

From Wagoner: 2½ miles west on U.S. Hwy 51, 4 miles south on N4250.

From the Highway 10 and Highway 100 junction in Gore, take Highway 10 southeast for approximately two miles.  Turn north to WMA.  This accesses the east side of the Lower Illinois River (between the Illinois River and “Deep Branch”) portion of McClellan Kerr (RS Kerr) WMA.

Harkey Island Portion

From Vian: From U.S. Hwy 64 and State Hwy 82 junction, 4 miles east on U.S. Hwy 64, 3 miles south on N4550 to the “T” intersection. Turn west on E1100 and follow into area.

Lower Illinois River Portion - West Side

From Gore: From junction of State Hwy 100 and U.S. Hwy 64, 1½ miles southeast on U.S. Hwy 64, turn north and continue 0.8 miles to WMA access on east (right).

Lower Illinois River Portion - East Side

From Gore: From junction of State Hwy 100 and U.S. Hwy 64, 2 miles southeast on U.S. Hwy 64, turn north to WMA. 

Webbers Falls Portion

From Braggs: 2 miles west on E0930.

  • Deer: White-tailed deer are present in fair numbers. 
  • Turkey: Very few Rio Grande turkeys are present. 
  • Quail: Bobwhite quail are present. 
  • Rabbit: Cottontail are present in fair numbers and Swamp rabbits can be found in some areas. 
  • Furbearers: Coyote, bobcat and raccoon are present. 
  • Dove: The area offers agricultural fields that attract dove. 
  • Squirrel: Fox and Gray squirrels are present. 
  • Waterfowl: Usually good duck and goose numbers on and around the area. 
  • Bald Eagle: Eagles winter on the McClellan-Kerr Navigation system.

Approximately 1,000 acres are planted to row crops on the area, annually.  Controlled burns are utilized to manage parts of the area.  A 250 acre waterfowl refuge, near Braggs, is managed for waterfowl with a 100 acre wetland unit and fields planted to corn and soybeans, annually.

No camping is allowed on the area.  However, the US Army Corps of Engineers has several camping areas near the area.

Lakes on area:

The McClellan-Kerr navigation system offers good fishing opportunities for catfish species (flathead, blue and channel) as well as black bass.

All shotgun hunting is restricted to federally approved nontoxic shot on both Billy Creek and Chouteau WDU portions.

Closed Seasons
Bear Archery, Bear Muzzleloader
Same As Statewide Seasons
Deer Archery, Youth Deer Gun, Deer Muzzleloader, Deer Gun, Holiday Antlerless Deer Gun, Dove, Rail, Gallinule, Crow, Turkey Fall Archery, Turkey Fall Gun, Trapping, Turkey Spring, Youth Turkey Spring
Seasons w/ Special Restrictions
  • Quail, Snipe, Woodcock, Rabbit, Squirrel, Pursuit with Hounds, Predator/Furbearer Calling

Closed during the first nine days of deer gun season.

  • Waterfowl

Hunting hours for waterfowl close at 1 p.m. daily on the WDU portions.

Additional Restrictions:

Vann’s Lake Refuge is closed to public access except for controlled hunt permittees on the days of their hunt. Public access for wildlife viewing is allowed from Old Highway 69 road and bridge as signed. Lands east of Old Highway 69 are open to fishing and nonhunting use from Feb. 1 - Oct. 14. Lands west of new U.S. 69 are open for hunting, fishing and public use from Feb. 1 - Oct. 14.

The discharge of firearms for purposes other than hunting is prohibited.

No camping allowed.

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.visitmuskogee.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