Allegheny Wildlife Management Area

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Allegheny Wildlife Management Area
West Virginia Wildlife Management Area
Red Fox.jpg
Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) is found in the

Allegheny WMA
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Mineral County, West Virginia
Coordinates 39°23′45″N 79°4′7″W / 39.39583°N 79.06861°W / 39.39583; -79.06861Coordinates: 39°23′45″N 79°4′7″W / 39.39583°N 79.06861°W / 39.39583; -79.06861
Area 6,202 acres (2,510 ha) [1]
Management Wildlife Resources Section, WVDNR
Owner West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
For public Hunting, trapping, fishing

Day use only, no camping
IUCN category V[2]
Nearest city Keyser, West Virginia
Location of Allegheny WMA in West Virginia

The Allegheny Wildlife Management Area[1] is located on 6,202 acres (25.1 km2) on two separate tracts of mixed oak-hickory woodlands in western Mineral County along the Allegheny Front. The large land tract of 5,034 acres (2,037.2 ha) is accessible via Pinnacle Road (County Route 4) and Pine Swamp Road (County Route 220/2) four miles (6 km) southwest of Keyser. The smaller tract of 1,168 acres (4.7 km2) is accessed by West Virginia Route 46 and Barnum Road (County Route 46/3) about 6 miles (10 km) north from Elk Garden. The Barnum Road tract consists of old farm fields along the river and the ridgetop, connected by steep slopes.

Hunting and fishing[edit]

Hunting opportunities include bear, deer, grouse, squirrel and wild turkey. Trapping for fur can include bobcat, gray and red foxes and raccoon. Fishing in the North Branch of the Potomac River can produce smallmouth bass, panfish and trout.[1]

Camping is not permitted in the WMA.

Invasive species[edit]

The air-breathing northern snakehead fish have recently reported[3][4] in the lower Potomac River. Although no snakeheads have been detected in West Virginia, this invasive species from northern China had been declared a threat to the state's aquatic ecosystem. Federal law prohibits transport of snakeheads across state lines.[5] Anyone who catches this fish when visiting the Allegheny WMA should carefully note the catch location, kill the fish by cutting or bleeding, and contact a WVDNR district biologist.[6] The snakehead should not be released back into the Potomac River or any tributary.

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External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Allegheny WMA page, WV Division of Natural Resources web site, retrieved April 20, 2008 Archived July 9, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Allegheny Wildlife Management Area". Protected Planet. IUCN. Retrieved 30 April 2018. 
  3. ^ Whoriskey, Peter (May 18, 2004). "3rd Snakehead Taints the Potomac". Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-04-22. 
  4. ^ Fahrenthold, David A. Potomac Fever Washington Post, Page W12, 2007-07-08. Retrieved on 2007-07-16.
  5. ^ WV Division of Natural Resources Snakehead web page, retrieved April 22, 2008
  6. ^ U.S Fish and Wildlife Service snakehead brochure, retrieved April 22, 2008