An aerial photo of west Kentucky.
West Kentucky A photo of West Kentucky near Livingston County WMA © Mike Wilkinson

Places We Protect

Livingston County WMA and State Natural Area

Kentucky

Nearly 1,900 acres of forest and wetlands with hiking, wildlife watching and other opportunities.

Livingston County Wildlife Management (WMA) and State Natural Area in Livingston County features bluff habitat in three tracts near the confluence of the Cumberland and Ohio rivers. The area offers waterfowl, turkey, deer and small game hunting along with fishing and hiking. The area also features neo-tropical birds, raptors and songbirds. It's part of the unique Shawnee Hills system that comes across the Ohio River from Illinois.

Livingston WMA consists of the 562-acre Bissell Bluff tract, the 169-acre Newman’s Bluff tract, and the 873-acre Reynolds tract. Hunters should consult the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resource's hunting and trapping guide for regulations.

The Newman’s Bluff tract protects habitat along the forested slope of Newman’s Bluff and creek. High limestone bluffs overlook a deep heavily forested valley. This tract has a stream-fed lake near the parking area. A small waterfall is below the lake. 

Bissell Bluff is located on Bissell Creek at its confluence with the Cumberland River. The Bissell Bluff tract protects a mature forest and bottomland forest along the Cumberland River. This area floods annually when the Cumberland River overflows in the spring. Bissell Bluff’s sloughs hold numerous waterfowl. Newman’s Bluff is a former pine plantation that offers good fishing as well as hunting. Terrain is very rugged, and access to this area requires a steep downhill climb. Access is also available by boat from the Cumberland River. 

The Reynolds tract holds good to moderate populations of squirrel, deer, turkey and songbirds exist on the area. 

Information courtesy of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR). This WMA is owned and managed through a joint agreement between KDFWR, the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission and the Livingston County Fiscal Court.