Cross Creek WMA – West Virginia Public Land Spotlight

Cross Creek WMA

Cross Creek Wildlife Management Area

There are 1.4 million acres of public land in West Virginia to explore, comprising 8% of the state’s total land area.  Cross Creek WMA is one of 96 different properties across the state managed by the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources for hunting, fishing or other outdoor activities.  These wildlife management areas are constantly being improved for both the quality of wildlife habitat and visitor enjoyment. 

With so many options to choose from, picking the right one to visit can be challenging.  Each week we will focus on one West Virginia public land starting in the northern panhandle and traveling south.

Cross Creek WMA

Cross Creek Wildlife Management Area is located in Brooke County near Wellsburg, West Virginia along the West Virginia and Pennsylvania state line.

The 2,080 acre property is a former strip mine that is now covered with mixed hardwoods.  The steep hillsides rise to 1,250 feet in elevation and lead to rolling terrain that is punctuated with a few highwalls and ponds as well as old overgrown fields.  

Fishing At Cross Creek WMA

Parmar Run flows north to south through the property and the beaver ponds provide fishing opportunities for largemouth and smallmouth bass as well as bluegill and sunfish.  Cross Creek, the water from which the WMA derives its name, runs parallel with Route 7, eventually flowing into the Ohio River.  The creek provides additional fishing opportunity along the borders of the WMA. 

Cross Creek WMA can be reached by traveling east along State Route 7 past Brooke Highschool in Wellsburg.

Previously known as Cross Creek Public Hunting and Fishing area, the WMA has no facilities and offers no camping on site.

Hunting At Cross Creek WMA

There are four designated parking areas for public hunting access as well as hunter access trails into the property (see topo map below).  Hunting for deer, turkey, waterfowl and quail is available on the 2,080 acres.

The steep hillsides and benches combined with open fields and streams of the reclaimed strip mine offers a diverse habitat for the deer population to thrive.  Deer hunters should find ample opportunity on the expansive property at Cross Creek WMA in the fall. 

To fish or hunt public land in West Virginia, you must have a valid WV hunting or fishing license available online at

Quail Hunting in West Virginia

The Bobwhite Quail Stocking Initiative began at the end of 2022 as a way to reintroduce the declining population of Bobwhite Quail in WV.   Governor Jim Justice announced that the program would stock 20,000 Bobwhite Quail at Wildlife Management Areas across the state from August to October.   

Cross Creek WMA is one of seven Wildlife Management Areas receiving stocked Bobwhite Quail in WV in an attempt to revitalize the population of northern Bobwhite Quail in the state.  It is the only public hunting land in the northern panhandle to be stocked with quail, creating a unique hunting opportunity.

Quail Hunting in WV

The Governor’s Quail Stocking Initiative is a five year project will release 20,000 bobwhite quail annually to help reverse the sharp decline in population that has been seen in West Virginia.

Cross Creek WMA Highlights

  • 2,080 acres to explore
  • Good terrain for hunting deer, turkey and waterfowl
  • Bass fishing in the Parmar Run beaver ponds
  • Bobwhite Quail hunting thanks to the Governor’s Quail Stocking Initiative
Cross Creek WMA Topo

Cross Creek WMA Hunting Topo Map courtesy of the WV DNR

Cross Creek WMA is located in Brooke County near the Pennsylvania state line.

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