Dunkard Fork Wildlife Management Area

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Dunkard Fork Wildlife Management Area
West Virginia Wildlife Management Area
Dunkard Fork WMA - Dunkard Fork Lake.jpg
Dunkard Fork Lake
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Marshall
Elevation 835 ft (254.5 m) [1]
Coordinates 39°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
Area 470 acres (190.2 ha) [2]
Management West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
Owner Wheeling Creek Watershed Commission
Nearest town Moundsville, West Virginia
Location of Dunkard Fork Wildlife Management Area in West Virginia

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.[3] Construction was underway by 1991 and the Jacob Crow farm was ruined.[4] 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.

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