Odessa Wildlife Management Area

Odessa Wildlife Management Area

The Odessa WMA is the southern end of the 6,400-acre Odessa Wildlife Area, a complex mix of wetlands, forest, open water, backwater ponds and timbered chutes. The area offers abundant opportunities for fishing, hunting, paddling, watching wildlife and more.

For information about the north end of Odessa go to:

Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge


six parking lots

three Odessa boat accesses

one Mississippi River access

Snively Access Campground

picnic area (Shafer Access)

Reasons to Visit

Special Interests: Viewing eagles, waterfowl and other wetland bird species; canoeing and kayaking

Watchable Wildlife: eagles (year round); waterfowl and wetland birds; other wetland wildlife;

Paddling: six accesses; Odessa Water Trail has 3 marked routes; water levels change seasonally

Hunting: major – waterfowl (special regulations apply), deer, turkey, squirrel;

Fishing: shallow lake, wetlands

Trails: hiking (flat, mowed, service road)


East of Wapello
County Road X61, Wapello, IA 52653

Size: 3828 acres

Habitat: open water, forest, wetland

Iowa Department of Natural Resources