WHMA / WHMA / Horse Creek


Public Access Area Open: May 1 at 6am - Dec 1
Recreation Opportunities: Fishing, Hunting, Trapping, Hiking, Wildlife Viewing
Restrictions: Dec. 1 - May 1 at 6am
Additional Restrictions: No human presence from Dec 1 - May 1 at 6am No overnight camping, open fires or fireworks Closed to unauthorized motor vehicles No Collection of shed antlers or horns January 1-May 1 at 6:00 AM
Total Acres: 332.1

Containing over 338 acres, Horse Creek wildlife habitat management area is in the southwest corner of the Gros Ventre Range off U.S. Highway 189. This is historic elk winter range and more than 2,000 elk winter here. Damage to haystacks on adjacent property prompted the establishment of a feedground on this area. More than 1,000 tons of hay are required to feed elk each winter.
Meandering streams, steep slopes, timbered ridges and scattered meadow bottoms provide rich habitat for many bird species. More than 35 species of birds have been identified in these areas. Grosbeaks, hummingbirds, swallows, and tanagers are the most common species.
The land within and surrounding these areas is crucial winter habitat for more than 75 moose. A herd of around 40 bighorn sheep find much needed habitat on the rocky grasslands between Stinking Springs and Hoback Junction. The land adjacent to these areas provides sufficient food for blue and ruffed grouse and black bear.
Little and Big Horse creeks support populations of cutthroat and brook trout. Fishing in these creeks is fair. Excellent opportunities also exist for hiking, photography, and wildlife viewing.

This WHMA lies within bear country, please visit our bear wise page for information on recreating in bear country -

Camping is not allowed.
Public access is not available by vehicle.This area is closed each year from December 1 (12:00 am) through May 1 (6:00 am).


For questions about this Public Access Area, please contact:
Jackson Regional Office

420 N. Cache ST
Jackson, WY 83001
ph: (307) 733-2321
Visit our Region Page

Last Updated: 6/28/2019
*Some boundary areas are missing and will be updated as soon as possible.
Email Newsletter

Email Newsletter Sign Up

Stay up to date on all Wyoming Game and Fish news either by email or text message. Click the link below to get started.

Sign Up Today


Conserving Wildlife - Serving People