Lovewell State Park


ATTENTION!!! As of today (7/16/15), Lovewell Reservoir remains under Warning Status for blue-green algae. The State Park beach area is closed, and prolonged direct contact with the water is not recommended. KDHE does not plan to test again until Monday July 27th. Please call the State Park Office if you have questions. (785) 753-4971  Campers who plan to camp at Lovewell and boat at Glen Elder are reminded that precautions must be taken to prevent the spread of zebra mussels from Glen Elder to Lovewell. Please see this web address for procedures.

Lovewell State Park Office hours are 8am to 6:00pm DAILY, and 8am to 8:30pm on Fridays. After office hours, please utilize the self pay station for daily vehicle and campsite permits. After Hours location for hunting/fishing license and park permit purchases: Lovewell Marina (1 mile south, 1/2 east of office) and Webb's Bait & Tackle (1/2 north, 4 west, 9 south, 4 west of office). Or purchase your hunting or fishing license here online.

Lovewell Reservoir is currently at 2 ft above conservation pool.  Both the Marina and Cedar Point boat ramps are usable.

The annual Sand Castle/Sculpture Contest at Lovewell State Park, Webber Kansas, is scheduled for Sunday, July 19th, 2015 at the Southwinds Beach area of the state park.  Teams of up to 5 persons can register at the State Park office from 8 am to noon on Sunday.  Entries will be judged at 1 pm and prizes will be awarded to both the top sand castles and sand sculptures.  Grand prizes for the event are sponsored by KRFS Radio Superior, and KREP Radio Belleville. If you decide not to enter the contest, the park staff would still like to invite you to the beach to view these sand lot masterpieces!   

A new event this year, is the 1st Annual “Float Your Boat” Contest, also held at the Southwinds Beach area on Sunday July 19th. Registration is from 11 am to 12 noon, and Boats must be displayed until the races begin at 2 pm. To enter, you must build a boat using only cardboard and duct tape. Entry teams consist of 2 members, one must be 18. Entries can be decorated (family friendly, of course!) Each entry will race against the clock, the best time to cross the finish line still afloat with both team members wins. Approved life jackets are required. A vehicle permit is required for either event.  Daily permits are $5.00, annual permit $25.00. 

Both events may be cancelled depending on Lovewell Reservoir’s Blue-Green Algae status. Updates will be posted to Department websites and Social Media late Thursday afternoon, or call (785) 753-4971 on Friday July 17th for more information.

All camping and restroom facilities are now open. Lovewell Marina & Grill is open Sunday thru Thursday 7am to 7pm, and until 9pm Friday and Saturday.

The 2015 Lovewell Spring Newsletter is now available to view and print!! Enjoy!

Camping Cabin reservations are available up to 364 days in advance. 2015 campsite reservations for the Walleye Point, Cottonwood, and North Willow Utility Campgrounds are available at, or by calling the office during business hours.  2015 Annual Vehicle, Annual Camp and 14 Day Camp permits are now available. Remember, Kansas residents can purchase their Annual Park Passport at a reduced rate with vehicle registration at the courthouse!

Click this link for the latest Lovewell Reservoir fishing report!

Pioneer Camping Cabin is designated as a "PET FRIENDLY" cabin. Customers who wish to bring their pets for their stay at the Pioneer Camping Cabin will need to choose the "Pet Friendly" option on the online reservation page (or request it during a telephone reservation), and pay an add'l fee of $50.00. All other cabins remain as "No Pets Allowed". Pets must be kept outside in a kennel or on a secured chain or leash.

Special event dates for 2015 are:

  • Free Park Entrance and Open House  April 25
  • Earth Day Volunteer Cleanup April 25
  • Free Fishing Weekend June 6 & 7
  • Kids Fishing Clinic June 7
  • Sand Castle Contest July 19
  • Float Your Boat Contest July 19
  • Lovewell Fun Day August 1
  • Campground Christmas August 15/16
  • Free State Park Entrance Sept 13
  • 3D Archery Tournament Sept 13


All special event dates are subject to change.  Special Event dates for 2016 will be posted Feb 2016.