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Canton WMA

Canton WMA, photo by Sarah Southerland


Game Warden (County):

Area Acres
14,877 ac.
Area Non-Ambulatory Acres
1,077.80 ac.

Canton WMA covers 14,877 acres in Blaine, Dewey, and Major Counties in northwest Oklahoma, located around Canton Lake (northwest of Canton, Oklahoma, or west of Longdale, Oklahoma).  Canton WMA is predominantly floodplain type habitat with some upland sites occurring toward the western end of the area.

Watch Canton Wildlife Management Area on YouTube.


Habitat varies on the area from postoak/blackjack cross timbers type habitat on the eastern end to sandsage grassland interspersed with sandplum, eastern red cedar, American elm, and black locust on the west end.  Much of the area adjacent to Canton Lake and the North Canadian River is densely vegetated bottomland habitat dominated by eastern cottonwood, black willow, buttonbush, and roughleaf dogwood. The average annual precipitation is about 27 inches.

From Canton: 1 mile west on State Hwy 51, 1½ miles north on State Hwy 58A, across Canton Dam. From Longdale: 1 mile west on county blacktop road (E0610).

  • Quail: Bobwhite quail are present in fair numbers. 
  • Deer: White-tailed deer are present in good numbers but are highly sought after.
  • Turkey: Rio Grande wild turkeys are present in good numbers but are highly sought after.
  • Rabbit: Cottontail rabbits are relatively common on Canton. Jackrabbits are occasionally present, but are not common. 
  • Furbearers: Coyote, bobcat and raccoon are available. 
  • Dove: Dove are present in fair numbers early in dove season.
  • Waterfowl: Duck hunting is available on Canton lake and several cutoff oxbow lakes on the management area.
  • Black-tailed Prairie Dog: Present on the Corps of Engineers lake property adjacent to the area.   Hunting of prairie dogs is not allowed.
  • Osprey: Present during spring and fall migration near Canton lake dam.
  • Bald Eagle: Present around Canton Lake November through March.

Habitat management on Canton includes controlled burning on 1,000 to 1,500 acres annually, and prescribed grazing on 5,200 acres to manage for native grasses and forbs.  In addition, approximately 1,200 acres of ag lease fields and food plots are scattered across the area and planted annually.  21 windmills and solar water pumps have been installed to provide wildlife water.

Fifteen primitive camping areas are available at designated areas along most access roads on the area. Additionally developed campgrounds with RV hookups are available around Canton lake.  Contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for more information on the developed campground sites (580/886-2989).  Lodging and restaurants are available around Canton WMA at Canton, Seiling, Fairview, and Longdale.  The Canton chamber of commerce can be reached at (580/886-2216)

Features:100-yard and 200-yard rifle range with 2 covered shooting benches.

Coordinates: 36° 7'23.36"N 98°34'13.55"W

Driving Directions: From Hwy 58 in Longdale, go west on E0610 for 1.5 miles. Turn south on Thunder Road for 0.75 miles.

Be sure to review Department-Managed Area Rules on shooting ranges before use.

Canton lake is well known for walleye fishing and is also an excellent crappie and sandbass fishery.  Management efforts include walleye stocking, hybrid stripped bass stocking, and construction of brush piles to provide habitat.  Fishing is also available at several cutoff oxbow lakes located on the western end of the area.

Area closed to all activities for controlled deer hunts:

Nov 23-24, 2024

Closed Seasons
Holiday Antlerless Deer Gun, Pheasant
Same As Statewide Seasons
Youth Deer Gun, Deer Muzzleloader, Dove, Rail, Gallinule, Waterfowl, Sandhill Cranes, Turkey Fall Archery, Deer Archery
Seasons w/ Special Restrictions
  • Crow, Rabbit, Squirrel, Snipe, Woodcock

Closed the first nine days of deer gun season.

  • Deer Gun

Closed for controlled hunts (opening weekend) and the last seven days of deer gun season. Closed to antlerless hunting.

  • 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.

  • Pursuit with Hounds for Furbearers, Predator/Furbearer Calling

Closed during deer gun season.

  • 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, area combined.

Additional Restrictions:

The Prairie Dog Refuge is closed to prairie dog hunting.

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

Hunter and angler camping is allowed in designated areas.

Canton Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 307, Canton 73724

Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department
Post Office Box 52002
Oklahoma City, OK 73152-2002
(800) 652-6552 or (405) 521-2409

Seiling Chamber of Commerce

Watonga Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 537, Watonga 73772

Okeene Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 704
Okeene, 73763

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