Lovewell Reservoir Waterfowl Report -
Waterfowl numbers Less than 1,000 light geese on 3/7/16 and those were mostly adult birds. 1,500 ducks mostly divers. 100 Canada geese. Follow the link to see a fantastic video from 02/15/2016.  http://www.facebook.com/LovewellStatePark
Mallard Migration Ranking Mallard Migration ranking = 1
Water level Reservoir is a little above conservation pool (1582.8). Inflows (15.4 cfs) to Lovewell from the Courtland Canal from springs and runoff. Outflows to the Kansas Bostwick Irrigation District for irrigation ceased on 09/12/15. The reservoir levels inflows will be low and mostly from snow melt.
Hunting condition The reservoir is open. All boat ramps open. 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 level is wintering at conservation pool. which is 2.0 foot higher than normal operating levels for winter to keep ice build-up off the dam face.
Expected hunting success Light Goose Conservation Season OPEN. All other waterfowl seasons closed. Poor on the Wildlife Area as most geese have migrated north and those that are left are feeding on private cropland away from the reservoir and into Nebraska. Lovewell goose numbers will vary widely and daily as waterfowl move into Rainwater Basin wetlands and spring migration progresses. These geese move into Nebraska to feed and may spend the rest of the day and night in the basins and then feed again on the surrounding crop fields before returning to Lovewell  for a mid-day roost before starting the rotation all over again. Geese are spread all the way to Bottineau, North Dakota.  Field conditions are mostly dry in the area but still some muddy spots on some secondary roads and along fence lines where snowdrifts were melting. Low food on the reservoir but plentiful crops on private cropland. Waterfowl will most likely use the reservoir as a loafing and roosting spot but may stay close to the reservoir to feed during any upcoming spring storms.
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All boat ramps OPEN. In the State Park, (Cedar Point, the Marina and Cabin Area),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 :

  • MAINTAIN SAFE DISTANCES BETWEEN HUNTING PARTIES
  • BE COURTEOUS OF OTHER HUNTERS
  • KNOW THEIR TARGET AND WHAT LIES BEYOND IT
  • HUNTERS USING BOATS MUST EXERCISE EXTRA CARE WHEN BOATING IN COLD WATER AND NEED TO BE FAMILIAR WITH KANSAS BOATING REGULATIONS
  • OBTAIN PERMISSION BEFORE HUNTING PRIVATE LAND. IF WRITTEN PERMISSION IS REQUIRED ALL HUNTERS IN THE PARTY MUST POSSESS WRITTEN PERMISSION.

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!