Howard County Wildlife Management Area
This area is made up of approximately 23,000 acres of Weyerhaeuser Company land. The primary objective of this management area is to provide quality wildlife habitat and public hunting opportunities. Typical Athens Piedmont Plateau habitat includes rolling hills intensively managed for pine production and pine/hardwood mixed stands along creeks. The area is bordered on the west by Gillham Lake and the Cossatot River and partially on the south by Dierks Lake.
Wildlife management practices are integrated with timber management practices to provide quality wildlife habitat and hunting opportunities: deer, quail, turkey, squirrel, and rabbits. This area is known for producing large bucks. These management practices provide substantial open land habitats and stimulate excellent browse production. Several food plots are planted throughout the area and along the lake to supplement natural browse.
Fishing opportunities are good in both Gillham Lake and Dierks Lake. Cossatot River State Park and Natural Area lies upstream on the Cossatot River. The Ouachita National Forest is located approximately 10 miles north.

Camping is permitted on the area at designated campsites. Additional campsites area available at Blue Ridge Recreational Area on Dierks Lake and at the Gillham Lake dam area.

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