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Energy and Environment Cabinet

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Division of Forestry
Big Rivers Wildlife Management Area and State Forest

Big Rivers Woodland
The Kentucky Division of Forestry and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources have jointly acquired nearly 2,500 acres in Union County at the confluence of the Ohio and Tradewater rivers. The property will become the state’s newest wildlife management area (WMA) and state forest.

The 2,484-acre site near Sturgis is a portion of one of the largest private landholdings in Kentucky. Purchase of the property - known locally as the Alcoa Property, or more recently as the Kimball Property - was possible only through the cooperation of private, public and nonprofit agencies. It completes the first of a two-phase project to protect the area.

Map of Big Rivers Wildlife Management Area and State Forest

Big Rivers WMA and State Forest will provide public recreational opportunities for hunting, fishing, hiking, canoeing, wildlife viewing and other activities as a wildlife management area. The property also will be managed to provide watershed and water quality protection; protection and recovery of endangered, threatened and rare species; preservation of existing cultural and geological treasures - and a sustainable forest. It will be permanently protected from development and agricultural conversion.  

Cliffs at Big Rivers WMA and State ForestStream in Big Rivers WMA and State Forest