Fort Gibson Wildlife Management Area (WMA) covers 21,798 acres in Wagoner and Cherokee Counties. Located north and east of Wagoner, Oklahoma.
Fort Gibson WMA is a mixture of upland and bottomland habitats. Upland areas consist of tall grass prairie mixed with farm fields and brushy thickets. Bottomland areas consist of Crosstimbers oak forest with cottonwood and sycamores in and around Fort Gibson lake.
WMA Driving Directions:
North Portion – From Wagoner: 2 miles north on U.S. Hwy 69.
South Portion (WRP) – From Wagoner: 2 miles south on State Hwy 16, 1½ miles east on E0760
(Wagoner Jack Rd).
Game Species of Interest:
Deer: White-tailed deer are present in fair numbers.
Quail: Bobwhite are present in fair numbers.
Rabbit: Cottontail are present in fair to good numbers.
Furbearers: Coyote, bobcat and raccoon are present.
Dove: The area has small grain agricultural fields that provide fair to good dove hunting.
Squirrel: Fox squirrels are present in fair numbers.
Waterfowl: There are usually good duck and goose hunting opportunities on and around Fort Gibson lake.
Nongame Species of Interest:
Bald eagle: Eagles winter on Fort Gibson lake.
Description of Fish and Wildlife Management Practices:
Approximately 2,700 acres are planted to row crops, annually. Controlled burns are utilized to manage upland habitats. A 3,500 acre waterfowl refuge, in the Jackson Bay area, is managed for waterfowl with 9 wetland units and numerous fields planted to wheat, sunflower, milo and millet.
Camping and Facilities:
No camping is allowed on the area. However, numerous US Army Corps of Engineers campgrounds are available around the lake.
A rifle range can be found on the south side of Toppers road east of Wagoner. The range offers two shooting benches and a 100 yard range.
Fishing opportunities exist in numerous ponds on the area. Fort Gibson lake offers good fishing for white bass, catfish, crappie and black bass.