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Handley Wildlife Management Area

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Handley Wildlife Management Area (WMA), (784 acres). Access is by state Route 17, which intersects U.S. Route 219 at Edray approximately four miles north of Marlinton, WV. From the Highland Scenic Highway, turn south on Forest Road 86 (Williams River Road) and state Route 17/4, following DNR signs to the area. Ten percent of the area is in openings and the remainder consists of rolling hills and scattered steep slopes covered by hardwood forest. These habitats support hunting for deer, bear, turkey, grouse and woodcock. Waterfowl can be found along the Williams River, especially in early season. The Williams River, which borders the western side of Handley for approximately 1.25 miles, is stocked with trout. Two small ponds and a 5-acre lake provide fishing for largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish. This lake is restricted to children 10 years of age or under and to handicapped individuals holding a Class Q license from March to May. Thirteen campsites with well water and vault toilets are available for a nominal fee. Owned and managed by WVDNR.


Location: Pocahontas County


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