Gene Rush Wildlife Management Area
As the only Commission-owned WMA that is inhabited by and managed for elk, bear, deer and turkey, Gene Rush is 20,085 acres uniquely positioned between the Buffalo National River to the north and the Ozark National Forest to the south. The area was originally called Buffalo River WMA (due to its proximity to the Buffalo River), but was renamed in honor of Gene Rush, long-time employee, native of Newton County and former chief of the AGFC Wildlife Management Division. The Sonny Varnell Richland Valley Elk Conservation Area, recently added to the WMA in a 2007 acquisition, is located on the eastern portion of the WMA and was named after the former commissioner from St. Paul.
Camping is primitive and is restricted only to designated campsites. 

The WMA, located in both Newton and Searcy counties, is about 15 miles southeast of Jasper and 15 miles northwest of Marshall.  Primary access is from Arkansas Highway 123 via County Road 39. Additional access points are seasonally available from Arkansas Highway 74 (east of Mount Judea), Arkansas Highway 65 (south of St. Joe) and from the intersection of Arkansas highways 74 and 377 (at Snowball).

Contact Gene Rush Wildlife Management Area

Toll Free: 866-253-2506


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