White Oak WMA
Site Directions: From I-40, take exit 108 south towards Lexington, TN. Continue south through Lexington to Milledgeville.
Travel east on Hwy 69 and follow various access roads marked on TWRA map to various access points within the WMA.
Newman Rd access: Lat: 35.3624°N Long: -88.3391°W
Lebanon Sardis Rd access: Lat: 35.3675°N Long: -88.2935°W
Sulphur Wells Rd access: Lat: 35.3386°N Long: -88.2631°W
Hours: daylight hours
Seasonality: year round
Site Description: This 7,000 acre WMA is primarily bottomland hardwood forests and can be heavily flooded at times. The bottomlands are second growth with some large trees. For a periodically flooded forest, the understory is developed, providing thick cover for wildlife.
The uplands are mixed hardwoods with open warm season grass fields that are periodically burned. Gravel roads, some gated, provide many access points throughout the WMA.
Watch high water on Sulphur Wells Rd on the southeast side as roads flood over regularly. Caution should be taken when driving through standing or flowing water.
Gravel roads are worth exploring and small trails and ATV trails can be walked for additional access to the WMA.
Wildlife to Watch: In spring migration, passerine migrants are common to abundant. One can find Blackpoll Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Hooded Warbler, Yellow-throated Vireo, Yellow-throated Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, and Blue-winged Warblers in the bottomlands, while Prairie Warbler and Field Sparrow can be found in upland areas.
Wild Turkey can be seen throughout the WMA.
Site History: White Oak Creek was channelized decades ago for reducing flooding on farm land; however this never really solved the problem. Starting in the early 2000's and continuing through 2008, TWRA, in partner with other organization, removed the flow of the canal and placed it back in the historical meandering stream channel.
Portions of the "canal" have been filled in completely to help maintain the reestablishment of the flow in the old channel. This project has helped reestablish natural flood control and wetland systems.