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Hughes River Wildlife Management Area

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Location: Ritchie County, Wirt County

The 10,000 acre Hughes River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) protects river bottoms and steep slopes along the valleys of the Hughes and Little Kanawha rivers and their tributaries. The forest includes both mature oak-hickory and a patchwork of young pine-hardwood stands created by even-aged timber management. Good food and cover conditions exist for turkey, deer and grouse, though squirrel and rabbit hunting can also be rewarding, according to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, which manages the area. A section of the WMA has been designated for handicapped hunter access, and includes graveled road, turn-arounds, and pull-offs for sportsmen with Class Q licenses. The Hughes and Little Kanawha afford good fishing for smallmouth bass, muskellunge, channel catfish, and panfish. The WMA is located on both sides of W.Va. Highway 47 (WV-47) near Cisco, WV, 15 miles east of Parkersburg, WV. Camping is not permitted in the Hughes River WMA.

Map showing nearest community: Cisco, WV