Dunkard Fork Wildlife Management Area

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Dunkard Fork Wildlife Management Area
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)[1]
Dunkard Fork WMA - Dunkard Fork Lake.jpg
Dunkard Fork Lake
Map showing the location of Dunkard Fork Wildlife Management Area
Map showing the location of Dunkard Fork Wildlife Management Area
Location of Dunkard Fork Wildlife Management Area in West Virginia
LocationMarshall, West Virginia, United States
Coordinates39°57′08″N 80°31′27″W / 39.95222°N 80.52417°W / 39.95222; -80.52417Coordinates: 39°57′08″N 80°31′27″W / 39.95222°N 80.52417°W / 39.95222; -80.52417
Area470 acres (190 ha)[2]
Elevation835 ft (255 m)[3]
OperatorWest Virginia Division of Natural Resources

Dunkard Fork Wildlife Management Area is located on 470 acres (190 ha) in Marshall County near Moundsville, West Virginia.[2] Mixed hardwoods cover most of the former Jacob Crow (1815-1901) (later C.C. Mooney [d. 1970] farm, site,[2] whose major focus is a flood control lake on Dunkard Fork Wheeling Creek. The rolling terrain is punctuated with a few highwalls and ponds. Dunkard Fork WMA is located in northeast Marshall County along the Pennsylvania line on County Route 15. Construction of the dam was originally slated for a location upstream, but was later moved into West Virginia.[4] Construction was underway by 1991 and the Jacob Crow farm was ruined.[5] Archeological digs were conducted and photographs taken to document the site before the structures were razed.

Hunting and Fishing[edit]

Hunting opportunities are limited by the small size of the area. Available hunting can include deer, grouse, squirrel, turkey and waterfowl. Fishing opportunities in the 49-acre (20 ha) Dunkard Fork Lake include tiger musky, black bass, hybrid striped bass, bluegill and channel catfish, as well as stocked trout. A small portion of the lake headwaters extend into Pennsylvania.

Camping is prohibited on the Dunkard Fork WMA land. Only electric motors may be used on boats.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Dunkard Fork Wildlife Management Area". Protected Planet. IUCN. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Dunkard Fork WMA page". WV Division of Natural Resources. Retrieved 2008-09-01.
  3. ^ Acme Mapper 2.0, Dunkard WMA, retrieved September 5, 2008
  4. ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=sqVdAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Hl0NAAAAIBAJ&pg=1225%2C3555653
  5. ^ https://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/wv0325/

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