The Kiamichi Wilderness is approximately 10,000 acres of land around Big Mountain in Pushmataha County, alongside the Kiamichi River near Antlers Oklahoma. It was purchased/subdivided in the 1970's by a real estate developer and sold to residents of Oklahoma and Texas as a "get-away" place for weekend fun. It has grown since then to a vibrant community, complete with a Volunteer Fire Department and a Landowner's association.
Landowners here come from all walks of life. All are drawn here by the beauty of the rocky hills, trees, clear-running creeks, rambling trails, abundant wildlife, and quiet living. Many choose to build cabins here and teach their children about nature, preservation, and the simple lives people lived so long ago. Others still choose to retire here; escaping the noise of the big city and building long-lasting relationships in our community.
The KWLA was formed in the 80's to help bring the community together, maintain the roads, provide security, and establish common hunting and land use rules. There are well over one hundred miles of roads within the wilderness, and the primary goal of the KWLA is to maintain the main artery (Sherman road) as far into the wilderness as funds allow. Since KWLA dues are not mandatory as part of purchasing land here, it is requested that each landowner do their part by paying annual dues ($150). In addition to road maintenance, these dues pay for things like gate and grounds security, community maintenance, etc. The KWLA board is comprised of 5-7 members, all unpaid, and terms are 2 years. All volunteers to join the board or committees are welcome to apply.
The Kiamichi Wilderness Volunteer Fire Department (KWVFD) provides a great service to the community in the event of fire or medical emergencies, and hosts a helipad for quick transportation to local hospitals.