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Elk River Wildlife Management Area

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Elk River WMA (18,225 acres) Braxton County. Exit 67 of I-79 at the Flatwoods interchange and travel south on state Routes 4 and 19. Go approximately two miles to secondary Route 15 and proceed east following DNR signs to the Holly River section. Access also from state Route 19/40 by turning east onto state Route 17, go 3.7 miles southeast of Sutton and follow DNR signs to the Elk River section. Steep hills, ridges and benches dominate the area, which is bounded by Elk River and Sutton Lake. Mature hardwood forests cover portions of the area, making squirrel and turkey hunting particularly good. Brushlands provide excellent deer hunting. Habitat improvement has greatly increased waterfowl hunting potential. Two shooting ranges are available. Sutton Lake, 1,440 acres, and Elk River provide excellent fishing. Anglers may catch largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass, walleye, channel catfish, bluegill and crappie in the lake. Elk River has all these warmwater species, plus muskellunge, and the tailwaters are stocked with trout. Accommodations are provided for the physically disabled angler and Class Q hunter. Corps of Engineers campgrounds at Bakers Run, south side of the lake, and at Gerald R. Freeman area on the north side provide camping facilities. Marina facilities are located at Bee Run and launch ramps are available on the north side of the lake and at the camping areas. Managed by WVDNR. Owned by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and WVDNR. For additional information contact: Resource Manager, Sutton Lake, P.O. Box 426, Sutton, WV 26601-0426, (304) 765-2816. Lake and daily fishing information, (304) 765-2705.


Location: Braxton County, about 5 air-miles from Sutton, WV


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