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.

Martins Fork Lake WMA

WMA Overview

Size: 764 acres
Location: Harlan
Contact: (606) 269-8164
Elevation: minimum 1270 feet, maximum 1851 feet.
Entrance GPS coordinates: Latitude N 36.7363, Longitude W -83.2588
Area Habitat: open land 13.09%, forest 91.75%, wetland 0.00%, open water 4.19%.


Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons.

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.

Directions & Description

The WMA consists of shoreline surrounding Martins Fork Lake. From Harlan take US 421 to HWY 987, approximately 4 miles to the lake. Mountainous terrain, forested primarily in second growth hardwoods. No roads within area. Fishing, boating in 340-acre Martins Fork Lake.

Owned by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.