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Catoosa Wildlife Management Area

Catoosa Wildlife Management Area

Catoosa WMA Located North of Crossville

Acres: 79,740
County: Cumberland, Morgan
Region: 3

Catoosa WMA encompasses almost 80,000 acres of land in Cumberland and Morgan counties in middle Tennessee. 

Managed deer hunting has been happening at Catoosa since 1955. Some harvest records available for Wild Turkey and Whitetail Deer.

Like all Tennessee WMA's Catoosa is managed by the Tennessee Wildlife resources agency, TWRA.


Where To Stay:

Camping - There is a free primitive camp area located near the Genesis Road checking station. There is also camping and cabins at Cumberland Mountain State Park just south of Crossville off of Hwy 127.

Hotels & Restaurants - There are several hotels and restaurants in the Crossville area mostly around the I-40 exits. Ruby Tuesday's and other chain restaurants can be found on Hwy 127 south of I-40.


Steven StoneCatoosa was purchased in the 1940ís using Pittman-Robertson funds (Federal Excise Tax on hunting and fishing equipment) as well as funds from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses.

TWRA is fully funded by the sale of hunting and fishing licenses as well as Pittman-Robertson funds.

Catoosa Wildlife Management Area is one of a few WMA's in Tennessee that has implemented a quality deer management program of sorts with restrictions on antler size as well as food plots, and opportunities to harvest antlerless deer.  Catoosa current antler restrictions require bucks to have at least 4 points on one side.

Catoosa is also one of the few WMA's where wild boar can still be found and they have even offered the opportunity to hunt boar with dogs on a special hunt that started about 2003.

For management purposes Catoosa is divided into two sections Genesis (west side) and Bicolor (east side). Daddy's Creek is the dividing line for the two sections. There are two checking stations: one on Genesis Rd. and one on the road that comes into the area off Airport Road (Hwy 299) in Morgan County.

If drawn for a hunt at Catoosa you can hunt the entire area. You are supposed to check out game at the station you are drawn for. I think they have been a little lenient with this since the bridge has been out.

Access times are the same on Catoosa as all other WMA's: one hour before sunrise and you must be out by one hour after sunset.

Catoosa is also the site of a 2001  reintroduction effort for the weasel like predator the fisher.

Firing Range: Peavine Checking Station and Genesis Checking Station. Open Apr. 1-Jan. 31, except during turkey hunts.


Directions: Two primary access points are Genesis Rd. and Airport road for Bi-color side.

Exit from I-40 at exit # 320 (Genesis Rd.), turn North. The Genesis Checking Station is approximately miles on the left.


Catoosa is also bordered by Obed Wild & Scenic River, a national scenic river recognized for it's rugged beauty.

Map: Obed Wild & Scenic River (.pdf)   


Related Links & Resources
American Whitewater Seeks Catoosa Road Access
Catoosa Boar Hunting Harvest Summary - 2006
Tick-Borne Disease Model
1997 & 1998 Tennessee WMA Harvest Report
Cumberland Trail



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