Spring turkey and spring squirrel hunting seasons are open under statewide regulations on most wildlife management areas (WMAs) owned, leased or managed by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. However, special regulations are in effect on Barren River Lake WMA, Higginson-Henry WMA, Livingston County WMA, Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area, Peabody WMA, Pioneer Weapons WMA, Robinson Forest WMA and West Kentucky WMA. Please consult the Kentucky Spring Hunting Guide for more details about these WMAs and federal lands.

WMA Overview

Size: 42298 acres
Location: Clinton, McCreary, Pulaski, Russell & Wayne
Contact: (606) 376-8083; COE office (606) 679-6337
Elevation: minimum 630 feet, maximum 1218 feet.
Entrance GPS coordinates: Latitude N 36.8605, Longitude W -85.0793
Area Habitat: open land 13.00%, forest 78.99%, wetland 0.15%, open water 7.57%.

Regulations

Open under statewide regulations for all squirrel, furbearer, deer and turkey seasons.

Exceptions

Bear: Due to a proposed regulation change, please check back later for possible new information about bear hunting on this area, or call Kentucky Fish and Wildlife at 1-800-858-1549.

Elk: Portions open during quota elk hunts to persons who possess the appropriate elk hunting permit.

Grouse: Oct. 1 – Dec. 31

Quail & Rabbit: Nov. 1 –Dec. 31.

Waterfowl

Wesley Bend, the area bounded to the north, west and south by Fishing Creek and to the east by Beech Grove road and Fishing Creek Road is closed to the public Oct. 15 - March 15;

Yellowhole, the area bounded to the west by Fishing Creek Road and the south by Hickory Nut Road is closed to the public Oct. 15 - March 15.

Directions & Description

WMA consists of shoreline surrounding Lake Cumberland. Fishing in Poynter, Clifty, and Coldwater creeks, 10 miles west of Somerset on KY 80, then 7 miles on Piney Grove RD. Caney Fork Creek, 8 miles northeast of Jamestown on KY 619. Many other access points, roads and trails around lake.

Gently sloping creek bottoms to steep ridges, hardwood forests, old farmlands, wildlife plantings. Fishing and hiking. Opportunities for hunting, fishing, boating, and birding on the lake.

Mobility impaired access to permit holders in designated area. For camping, check with owner. Camping facilities and horseback riding trails available at Lake Cumberland State Resort Park. Lake Cumberland State Resort Park and General Burnside State Park are nearby.

Owned by U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.