Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge

WMA Overview

Size: 381 acres
Location: Lewis
Contact: (304) 375-2923 ext 117
Elevation: minimum 500 feet, maximum 510 feet.
Entrance GPS coordinates: Latitude N 38.6748, Longitude W -83.4498
Area Habitat: open land 0.26%, forest 29.66%, wetland 0.00%, open water 69.03%.


Stewart Island (also known as Birdsville Island) Unit:

Deer: Open under statewide archery and crossbow seasons through Oct. 14 only. Open during October muzzleloader season; closed during December muzzleloader season. Open during the youth gun season; closed for free youth weekend.

Quail & Rabbit: Closed 

 Open from the third Saturday in May through the third Friday in June; and from the third Saturday in August through Oct. 14.

Turkey (Fall): Archery and crossbow seasons open under statewide regulations through Oct. 14 only. Closed for fall gun season.

Turkey (Spring): Open under statewide regulations.

The Stewart Island Unit is closed to public access Oct. 15 – March 15, except during early muzzleloader deer season.

The portion of the Ohio River from Smithland Lock and Dam upstream to the powerline crossing at river mile 911.5 is closed to hunting. Stewart (Birdsville) Island is closed to public access Oct. 15 - March 15, except for October muzzleloader season. Shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to 2 p.m. Hunters may not enter the area until 4 a.m.

Directions & Description

The refuge is comprised of 381 acres in two islands, in Kentucky in Lewis County, Manchester Islands 1 and 2 east of Maysville.

Access on the Kentucky side by boat via the boat ramps at Maysville and Vanceburg. On the Ohio side access at Brush Creek Campground off of HWY 52, 3.5 miles west of Rome, Ohio.

Seasonal hunting is permitted on these island with a refuge permit. Contact the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge at 304-375-2923 ext 117 for information. Owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.