The 18,225-acre Elk River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is forested in mature hardwoods, which climb steeply from the banks of Sutton Lake and the Elk River. The area accommodates Class-Q hunting access, and game traditionally harvested include deer, squirrel, turkey, and waterfowl. Sutton Lake, at 1,440 acres, is equipped with five boat ramps with wheelchair access and accommodates fishing for trout, bass, walleye, bluegill, catfish, and muskellunge. The Sutton Lake tailwaters are stocked with trout from February through May and during Columbus Day week. More than 240 tent and trailer campsites have been developed in the management area, as well as 12 primitive campsites. A 100-yard and 175-yard shooting range are on site.
Directions: The Elk River Wildlife Management Area is located in eastern Braxton County east of Sutton, WV. To reach the area from expressway I-79 exit 67 at Flatwoods, WV, follow highway WV-4 south approximately two miles to WV-19/40. From WV-19/40, turn east onto WV-17 and follow management area signage.
The Elk River WMA is managed by the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources. It was formerly known as the Elk River Public Hunting & Fishing Area. The management area is located approximately seven miles south of the Burnsville Lake Wildlife Management Area, the site of Burnsville Lake.
Hotels near Elk River WMA
Further information on lodging, dining, and recreation near the Elk River Wildlife Management Area may be found in our guide to travel in the Heartland Region of central West Virginia, in which the management area is located.