Burches Run Wildlife Management Area

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Burches Run Wildlife Management Area
West Virginia Wildlife Management Area
Burches Run WMA - Sign.jpg
Sign for the WMA, still not updated (as of June 2009) to reflect its name change.
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Marshall
Elevation 798 ft (243.2 m) [1]
Coordinates 39°58′25″N 80°37′38″W / 39.97361°N 80.62722°W / 39.97361; -80.62722Coordinates: 39°58′25″N 80°37′38″W / 39.97361°N 80.62722°W / 39.97361; -80.62722
Area 55 acres (22.3 ha)
Management Wildlife Resources Section, WVDNR
Owner West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
IUCN category IV - Habitat/Species government Area
Nearest city Wheeling, West Virginia
Location of Burches Run Wildlife Management Area in West Virginia

Burches Run Wildlife Management Area, formerly Burches Run Lake WMA, is located on 55 acres (22 ha) near Wheeling in Marshall County, West Virginia. Until 2005 the wildlife management area contained a lake[2] impounded by a dam at risk of failure.[3] The name change occurred after the dam was removed. The terrain climbs gently above Burches Run and is covered by a mature oak-hickory second-growth forest.[2]


Burches Run WMA is located at the intersection of Pine Hill Road and Big Wheeling Creek Road about 8 miles (13 km) south of Wheeling, Pine Hill Road, also designated as County Route 14 is accessed off of WV State Route 88. Big Wheeling Creek Road is accessed near the intersection of US Route 40 and I-70 at Elm Grove.[2][4]

This map shows the WMA and where the lake that was removed used to be.


Hunting opportunities, limited by the small size of the area, include deer, squirrel, and water fowl. Camping is prohibited at this WMA.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Burches Run Wildlife Management Area". Elevation Query. U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  2. ^ a b c Burches Run web page, West Virginia Department of Natural Resources
  3. ^ West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (2000). "West Virginia Statewide Flood Protection Plan, Appendix M - List of Deficient Dams" (PDF). West Virginia Conservation Agency. Retrieved 2008-07-12. 
  4. ^ Google Maps at Elm Grove, West Virginia
  5. ^ Wildlife Management Areas West Virginia Division of Natural Resources

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