|Waterfowl numbers||3,350 ducks mostly mallards, but teal,gadwalls, widgeon and some divers. 700 Canada geese, 500 snow geese and some white-fronted geese. Sandhill cranes are migrating through the area but this has tailed off.|
|Mallard Migration Ranking||Mallard Migration ranking = 4|
|Water level||Reservoir is at 1.74 feet below conservation pool. Inflows (13.8 cfs) to Lovewell from the Courtland Canal. Outflows to the Kansas Bostwick Irrigation District for irrigation ceased on 09/12/15). The reservoir levels will continue to slowly rise through the fall and are currently rising at 0.1 - 0.3 ft per week.|
|Hunting condition||Water levels have pushed into the vegetation surrounding the shorelines giving good concealment for hunters. Reservoir levels have been high all summer and the mudflats were not exposed until earlier mid- August. No millet seeding occurred. Not much moist soil food on the reservoir. Lovewell Reservoir will go into winter at least 1 f00t below conservation pool. which is 1 foot higher than normal operating levels for winter to keep ice build-up off the dam face.|
|Expected hunting success||Good to excellent. The Dakotas are freezing this week and a robust fall migration ramps up. Low food on the reservoir but plentiful crops on private cropland. Waterfowl will most likely use the reservoir as a loafing a roosting spot.|
White Rock Creek boat ramp too low to launch boats except small layout boats. Boat ramps in the State Park, (Cedar Point, the Marina and Cabin Area) are OPEN ,PARK PERMIT REQUIRED.Boat Ramps in the Wildlife Area, (Pawnee Point, Oak Hill and White Rock Creek) do not require a permit.The LAND REFUGE CLOSED OCTOBER 1. WATER REFUGE IN EFFECT NOVEMBER 1, 2015 THROUGH JANUARY 31,2016. Camping cabins are available in Lovewell State Park. Make reservations HERE
HUNTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO :
FOLLOWING SAFE AND ETHICAL PRACTICES WILL ENSURE THAT EVERYONE HUNTING PUBLIC LANDS ENJOYS A HIGH QUALITY EXPERIENCE.
FREE DAILY HUNT PERMITS REQUIRED FOR ALL HUNTING ON THE AREA. ELECTRONIC PERMITS NOW AVAILABLE. REGISTER AT THE i-SPORTSMAN LINK ON THE KDWPT WEBSITE. Lovewell Wildlife Area has been requiring all hunters to register with our paper card, Hunter Survey System and this is still required but a new system called i-Sportsman is now in effect that allows hunters to check-in and check-out electronically with a PC, smartphone, any mobile device and even a rotary dial phone. Hunters are encouraged to pre-register for an account on-line and must do so from a PC, establish a password and PIN. This will really speed up the process over the card system. Follow this link to get registered. https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ PAPER PERMITS AVAILABLE ONLY AT THE LOVEWELL STATE PARK INFORMATION CENTER IN FRONT OF OR DIRECTLY WEST OF THE LOVEWELL OFFICE. If using the card system, the top portion of the two-part permit must be filled out and returned to the survey station prior to hunting and the bottom portion kept with the hunter to record hunting activity. After the hunt the bottom portion is also returned to the survey station where the permits will be collected and information recorded to assist managers with improving the area. THE REFUGE IS CLOSED FROM NOVEMBER 1 TO JANUARY 31 on the NORTHEAST half of the reservoir and Wildlife Area from 1/8th mile west of the south end of the dam and following a buoy line northwest to the western boundary of the Cabin Area. No hunting from the park shoreline. Please introduce youth and novice hunters to the outdoors. Pass it on!
Lovewell Reservoir Waterfowl Report -