Canal Section Wildlife Management Area Updated:04/2023

The Canal Section Wildlife Management Area (CSWMA) is in northeast Mississippi along the west side of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. Starting at Highway 4 below the Bay Springs Lake lock and dam in Tishomingo County, it continues southward through Prentiss, Itawamba and Monroe counties and ends approximately five miles south of Aberdeen. The 32,000 acres of CSWMA are primarily hardwood and swamp bottomland with shallow meandering streams and open lands which were previously farmed.

Deer, turkey, squirrel, rabbit and waterfowl are the most hunted species of animals on the area. Springtime opportunities are bird watching, turkey hunting and fishing. The bottomland hardwood habitat is host to many different species of neotropical migrant songbirds.  There is an osprey nesting platform at each of the locks along the Canal Section, several of which are used annually. Bald eagles are not uncommon. Various shorebird and wading birds are found along the waterway, old Tombigbee River, sloughs, marshes and waterfowl impoundments. Catfish fishing is good in the old river and crappie fishing is good in the waterway in the spring.

From the intersection of Hwy 78 and Hwy 25 in Fulton, go west on Hwy 78 4.0 miles and exit at the Peppertown Exit on to Hwy 178. On Hwy 178, go east 0.8 miles to the Canal Section WMA headquarters on the left.

Contact Canal Section Wildlife Management Area

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Contact Canal Section Wildlife Management Area

5705 Highway 178 W
Fulton, MS  38843
Phone: (662) 862-2723

Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Itawamba County, Mississippi
  • Monroe County, Mississippi
  • Prentiss County, Mississippi