Beaver River WMA

Beaver River WMA, photo by Kelly Adams

Contacts

Game Warden (County):
(580) 651-9135(Beaver)

Area Acres
18,624 ac.
Area Non-Ambulatory Acres
2,351.64 ac.

Beaver River WMA covers 18,623.51 acres of western Beaver County in the Oklahoma panhandle. Located just east of Hwy. 83 (southeast of the town of Turpin), Beaver River WMA is a mixture of upland, flood plain and river bottom. Sagebrush and buffalo grass are predominate on upland sites, which are interspersed with sand plum thickets and rolling sandhills. Bottomlands consist of sand plum thickets, salt cedar and mixed grassland. The Beaver River, which runs intermittently, offers a classic western Oklahoma floodplain comprised of cottonwood, hackberry and American elm. The average annual precipitation for the area is about 19 inches. Approximately 20 windmills and 10 guzzlers have been installed to provide water for wildlife. Management practices include grazing of cattle, strip disking, strip mowing and prescribed burns.

The Beaver River WMA has an additional 5,110 acres which are part of the Beaver River WMA - McFarland Unit.

Management efforts focus on producing native wildlife foods such as ragweed and sunflower, although some small agricultural food plots are planted annually throughout the WMA. An additional 400 acres of agricultural plots are planted in an agriculture lease program.

From Beaver take US-270 W/Crescent Douglas north for 3.4 miles. Turn west onto Beaver Rd. Travel for 8 miles to N1310 Rd. Travel south onto N1310 Rd. After 0.8 miles you will reach a “T” intersection, turn right. The rifle range will be on your right.

Five designated primitive camping areas are offered on the area. The Beaver Dunes Park offers campsites with facilities and RV hookups. The State Park can be reached at (580) 625-3373. The towns of Beaver and Forgan have lodging and restaurants. The Beaver Chamber of Commerce can be reached at (580) 625-4726. In Forgan contact the city clerk at (580) 487-3393.

A rifle range can be found on the north side of the area. It offers both 50 and 100 yard ranges and has a covered shooting bench.

Range Coordinates: 36°51'6.42"N 100°39'27.76"W

Driving Directions: From Beaver take US-270 W/Crescent Douglas north for 3.4 miles. Turn west onto Beaver Rd. Travel for 8 miles to N1310 Rd. Travel south onto N1310 Rd. After 0.8 miles you will reach a “T” intersection, turn right. The rifle range will be on your right.

Fishing opportunities exist at Beaver Dunes Park, about 10 miles east of the area and at Lake Evans Chambers (known locally as Clear Lake) located about 45 miles east of the area. There are no ponds or permanent pools on the WMA to sustain a reliable fishery.

Area closed to all activities for controlled deer hunts Nov. 19-20, 2022.

Closed Seasons
Deer Gun, Holiday Antlerless Deer Gun, Pursuit with Hounds for Furbearers
Same As Statewide Seasons
Youth Deer Gun, Dove, Rail, Gallinule, Turkey Fall Archery, Deer Archery
Seasons w/ Special Restrictions
  • Crow, Snipe, Woodcock, Rabbit, Squirrel

Closed during the first nine days of deer gun season.

  • Deer Muzzleloader

Closed to antlerless mule deer hunting.

  • Waterfowl, Sandhill Cranes, Predator/Furbearer Calling

Closed during deer gun season.

  • Pheasant

Closed during the first nine days of deer gun season. Hunting hours close at 4:30 p.m. daily.

  • Turkey Fall Gun

Shotgun only.

  • Trapping

Open to water sets, live box traps and enclosed trigger traps only through Jan 31. Open same as statewide Feb 1 through end of February.

  • Turkey Spring, Youth Turkey Spring

One-tom limit; seasons combined. Hunting hours close at 7:00 p.m. daily.

  • Quail

Closed during the first nine days of deer gun season. Hunting hours close at 4:30 p.m. daily. Closed to non-resident hunting February 1-15.

Additional Restrictions:

Closed to all nonhunting activities, except hunter camping, from Oct. 1 - Feb. 15.

Hunter and angler camping is allowed in designated areas.

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