WHMA / WHMA / Wick/Beumee


Public Access Area Open: May 16 @ 8 AM trough Nov 30. LANDS SOUTH OF I-80: opened to human presence May 16 @ 8 AM trough Nov 30. LANDS NORTH OF I-80: Open year-round
Exceptions: LANDS SOUTH OF I-80: Closed to Human Presence from Dec 1 - May 15 LANDS NORTH OF I-80: Open all year & No collection of shed antlers or horns Jan 1 - May 1 @ 6 AM.
Recreation Opportunities: Fishing, Hunting, Trapping, Camping, Hiking, Wildlife Viewing, Educational Kiosk.
Amenities: Parking, Handicap Accessible Comfort Station, Kiosk,
Restrictions: Human Presence Closure Dec 1- May 15
Additional Restrictions: Limited to WGFC lands or easements marked with department signs. Roads/Parking not plowed during winter. 14 day camping limit.
Total Acres: 23407.7

This 23,408-acre wildlife habitat management area and Bear Creek Cattle Company public access area is six miles southeast of Elk Mountain and five miles west of Arlington along Interstate Highway 80. Originally, 8,969 acres were purchased in the early 1960s to provide winter range for elk that summer in the adjacent Medicine Bow Mountains. In 1988, an additional 1,375 acres of winter range was added to the area along with 12,597 acres of all-year public access to Bear Creek Cattle Company on the north side of Interstate Highway 80. In the early 1900s, several thousand elk wintered here. Due to human encroachment and uncontrolled hunting, elk numbers dwindled to a few hundred. Today, approximately 600 elk winter here.
This area is as diverse as the wildlife population it supports. You will find sagebrush grasslands, mountain shrubs, meadows and a mixture of conifer and deciduous forests. Four major drainages cross the mountainous terrain along the southern portion, and elevations range from 7,000 feet to almost 9,000 feet.
Although managed primarily for elk, varieties of other wildlife live in the area. Several hundred mule deer and antelope feed here in the spring, summer, and fall. Blue and sage grouse, cottontail rabbits, waterfowl, coyotes, beavers, weasels, mink, mountain lions, bobcats, yellow-bellied marmots, black-tailed prairie dogs and black bears can be observed. Three ponds and ten miles of stream in the Wagonhound and Foote Creek drainages provide fishing for rainbow, brook and brown trout.
Wagonhound Creek provides the naturalist with an excellent opportunity to study the ecology of the beaver and the benefits they provide to create a diversity of wetlands, vegetation, and wildlife. Here, beavers provide free labor to irrigate meadows.
While closed during the winter months to avoid disturbance to wintering elk, the area is open the remainder of the year for whatever recreational opportunity you choose. Facilities are also available in the form of parking and primitive camping areas. There are four parking and 10 camping sites at various spots. Two of the sites contain outdoor restroom facilities but no running water. Also, a rest area is on Interstate Highway 80, which borders the area.
Camping limit is 14 days, off road travel is restricted to 25 feet.
The Wick portion is closed each year from December 1 through May 15.


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

1212 S. Adams St.
Laramie, WY
ph: (307) 745-4046
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Last Updated: 4/22/2020
*Some boundary areas are missing and will be updated as soon as possible.
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