John Bell Williams Wildlife Management Area
The John Bell Williams Wildlife Management Area is located in Itawamba and Prentiss counties in northeast Mississippi, near Booneville, with approximately 90 percent of the area in Prentiss County.   This management area was established in 1973 and contains approximately 3,000 acres owned by the Tombigbee River Valley Water Management District and leased to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) for wildlife management and public usage.

The bottomland hardwoods in Mackey's Creek bottom offer some fine squirrel hunting.  These same areas, when flooded, attract wood ducks and mallards which feed on acorns in the bottom.  This area also features a large greentree area that is flooded annually for waterfowl.  There are plenty of gobbling toms in the hill country and the bottomlands during the spring turkey season.  Deer are plentiful also, with some fine bucks seeking refuge in the 'hard to get to' areas.  Feral hogs have invaded the area from illegal release on adjacent private property.  Due to their destructive nature, hunters are encouraged to harvest all the hogs they can. Many non-game species of wading birds and songbirds are found on the area.  The area also has a good population of fur bearing animals such as raccoons, beaver, muskrat, otter, opossum, fox, and bobcat.  Visitors can also enjoy fishing on Mackey's Creek and in the borrow ditch of the greentree levee.

From the intersection of Hwy 30 and Hwy 4 on the east side of Booneville, go east on Hwy 4 10.3 miles to County Road 4101. Turn south on CR 4101 and go 8.9 miles to the John Bell Williams headquarters on the right. The south boundary of the area is along the Prentiss and Itawamba county line.  The area extends northward along the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway to one-half mile south of the Bay Springs Lock and Dam on the waterway.  The area is four miles east of Marietta, MS, and 15 miles east of Booneville, MS.

Contact John Bell Williams Wildlife Management Area

Michael Cleveland
Booneville, Mississippi  38829
Phone: 662-862-2723


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