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Lovewell Wildlife Area has 2,215 acres of public hunting area available around the reservoir. Lovewell Dam impounds approximately 3,000 surface acres of water and is situated on White Rock Creek. Lovewell is an irrigation reservoir with seasonally changing water levels. Expect lower water levels in the late summer through winter months but the reservoir is refilled annually by diverting water from the Republican River at Guide Rock, Nebraska into a canal that empties into the northeast corner of the reservoir. This area is small and receives heavy hunting and fishing pressure.

Species managed for include deer, turkey, waterfowl and upland game like pheasant, quail, rabbit and squirrel. Management will focus on increasing the quality of the experience for visitors by managing wildlife and habitats with an ecological based approach as the primary goal. The limited public lands in Kansas require intensive wildlife management and some special restrictions will be used to provide quality hunting and fishing areas.

Phone:
Address:
2446 250 Rd
Webber,KS    66970
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Area News - Updated: 08/26/2019

Lovewell Reservoir & Wildlife Area News

  • Lovewell and Jamestown Wildlife Areas-  Daily Hunt Permits now available through an Electronic Check-in/out system. THE IRON RANGERS HAVE BEEN REMOVED. The only place to obtain the paper Hunter Survey Cards are at the Lovewell Office at the entrance to Lovewell State Park at 2446 250 Rd or at the Jamestown Wildlife Area Headquarters at 299 Marsh Trail.

INLET CANAL CLOSED TO FISHING SEPTEMBER 15 THROUGH APRIL 15. 

NEW REFUGE REGULATIONS:THE LAND REFUGE CLOSED  TO HUNTING YEAR ROUND. CLOSED TO OTHER ACTIVITIES SEPTEMBER 1 THROUGH MARCH 31. WATER REFUGE IN EFFECT NOVEMBER 1 THROUGH APRIL 15 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.

ISPORTSMAN: In order to obtain the necessary hunter information a free daily hunt permit is still being required of hunters using these two wildlife areas. For several years, hunters have been required to fill out daily hunting permits if hunting on the property.  Historically, this was accomplished through the use of paper permits that could be picked up at designated areas, free of charge, at any of the "iron rangers". The iron rangers have been removed, (see above for the location of the remaining iron rangers). Hunters are encouraged to register your hunting activity electronically through a system called iSportsman. Please register prior to arriving on the property as mobile phone and internet service is sketchy. FREE wi-fi is available in front of the Lovewell Office.

In the coming years KDWPT will use the new daily permit system in the form of iSportsman at many properties across the state.  iSportsman is an electronic registration/ data collection tool that will make data collection much easier for staff and allow for real time data analysis and stats throughout the season.  What does this mean for hunters?  Initially, users will need to register with their personal information to set up an account in the iSportsman program.  Once this is completed, the system will allow hunter to call in from any phone or log in from any PC or smart phone and "check-in" to hunt the property for the day.  Once the hunt is over, hunters will call back in and report harvest, etc., similar to returning paper daily permits upon the completion of their hunt.  For this hunting season, the daily paper permit system will still be in place ONLY AT THE LOVEWELL OFFICE AND THE JAMESTOWN OFFICE until hunters have become aware of the iSportsman process.  The area will then go strictly to the electronic system. HUNTERS NEED TO ACCESS THE SITE NOW TO REGISTER.  Go to https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ to register, then scroll down the left side of the page to the blue "register" button and then provide the required information.  

Once registered, hunters will be able to call or log onto the system and get their hunting permit prior to the September 1 dove opener.  Hunters will also be able to visit the Lovewell page https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/Locations/Lovewell.aspx to get the latest on waterfowl numbers, water levels and any other news.  More detailed log-in information will be posted on the Jamestown and Lovewell web page and waterfowl reports as we approach Dove and Teal seasons.

iF YOU STILL NEED TO USE THE PAPER PERMITS, they will still be available at the Lovewell Office where permits can be obtained prior to hunting and dropped off with needed information after hunting. The survey station location is just west of the Lovewell Office, under the concrete shelter where a brown, metal self user survey station has been placed to dispense permits and provide for collection.  As in the past, prior to the day’s hunt, hunters will need to pick up a permit, fill out the top portion and place it in the designated box, and carry the bottom portion of the permit with them while on the area hunting. When the hunt is finished, the bottom portion of the permit needs to be returned to the survey station with completed information on the day’s hunt. Hunter participation and cooperation is critical to the success of this study.

While this survey system is new to these properties, it has been used successfully for nearly a decade at other select public hunting areas in Kansas to provide better management information. Persons wanting additional information or questions should contact the Hays Regional Office at 785-628-8614 or the specific area they plan to hunt. Lovewell (785) 753-4971. Jamestown (785) 439-6243.

2019 HABITAT OUTLOOK: The area experienced severe flooding conditions with near record April, May, June, July and August rainfall. Only 40% of the crops were planted and it has been extremely wet to replant or establish green cover crops on those flooded acres. June observations recorded a decrease whitetail fawn sightings but the cover is thicker and may have had a factor. We experienced some deer deaths in early August and EHD was suspected as a cause of death. Turkey and other upland bird numbers are still low with the exception of bobwhite quail. While brood observations have been scarce there is just a lot of vegetation possibly concealing sightings. Mornings are filled with bobwhite whistlings. 

Green cover crops have not been seeded into harvested,standing, winter wheat stubble fields as in the past due to the conditions following this summer's flooding. There is still time and mangers are exploring options to provide some green browse in addition to the planned winter wheat seeding. These cover crops provide green browse for this fall and early spring in addition to the later seeded winter wheat. There are some row crops out there and a percentage of corn and grain sorghum will be left unharvested for wildlife. The  Bur Oak acorn production is excellent!

The reservoir mudflats were NOT aerially seeded with Japanese millet DUE TO HIGH RESERVOIR LEVELS. THERE IS NOT MUCH MOIST-SOIL FOOD ON THE RESERVOIR MUDFLATS.

Reservoir levels will be drawn down following this irrigation season to enable the USBR to complete scheduled maintenance. The reservoir will be lowered to an elevation of 1573.5 which is 9.1 feet below Conservation Pool. The work is scheduled to begin on September 23 and be completed by mid October at which point the reservoir will be refilled until it reaches an elevation of 1580.6 or 2 feet below Conservation Pool. You can follow the reservoir water levels by going to this website, http://www.usbr.gov/gp-bin/arcweb_lvks.pl

 

General Information
Phone:
Address:
2446 250 Rd
 
Webber, KS    66970
County/Counties:
Office Hours:
M-F 8AM - 4:30PM

Area Manager: Rob Unruh
Phone: (785)-753-4971

    

Daily Hunt Permits Required of ALL HUNTERS on Lovewell Wildlife Area - See story (click Area News button above). iSportsman is an electronic Hunter Survey System managed by an offsite company. In the event you are unable to check-in/out please, keep trying or use the paper card copies available at the information shelter in front of the Lovewell office.We do not want technical issues to prevent someone from hunting. The information is valuable, so please keep trying to check-in, even after the hunt.This important information gathered from hunt permits helps area managers tailor management practices specific to an area and hunter preference.  Your information and patience is appreciated.

A Google Earth Map is now available of the entire area.

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Special Regulations

Special Hunts and Refuge Areas are in effect September 1 - April 1.

The iSportsman electronic Hunter Survey System is in effect and is required of all hunters on the area. Follow this link to get registered https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ iSportsman is an electronic Hunter Survey System managed by an offsite company. In the event you are unable to check-in/out please, keep trying or use the paper card copies available at the information shelter in front of the Lovewell office. Your information and patience is appreciated.

Camping is only allowed in designated areas as a companion activity to hunting and fishing.

Horses are restricted to maintained roads and are not allowed off roads.

ATV/UTV's are prohibited anywhere on the area.

A permit to access a designated ADA vehicle access area is available from the manager to persons meeting the requirements.

Here is a complete list of Public Land Regulations or you can download the regulation summary.

History

The 4,625 acre Lovewell Wildlife Area was made available to the Kansas Forestry Fish and Game Commission under terms of a lease agreement with the Department of Interior in 1959 after the completion in 1957 of Lovewell Reservoir, a 3,000 acre flood control and irrigation reservoir.  In 1972, 200 acres were purchased by the Kansas Fish and Game Commission and is owned by the state of Kansas. Lands previously managed by the Kansas Park Authority that were transferred to KFG now bring the total area leased from the Bureau of Reclamation under wildlife management to 5,215 acres.

Lovewell Facilities
Dam Overlook, Outlet
  • Type of Facility: Parking
  • Location of Facility: 39.883701 -98.028359
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    This area affords a scenic view from above the dam at the outlet structure. Stairways lead down to the outlet structure for fishing access.  A fish barrier erected in 2013 across the outlet on the lake side of the dam keeps fish from leaving the reservoir due to releases for pool management or irrigation releases, the major contributor to loss of fish from the reservoir. Please stay well away from this net by fishing on the upstream or west side of this net and avoid entangling fishing equipment or boats in the net.  May be closed seasonally as part of the refuge system Oct 1 - Mar. 1.


Oak Hill
  • Type of Facility: Boat Ramp
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: 39.894353 -98.074166
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    Boat access to the south side of the reservoir at water elevations above 1580(2.5 ft. below conservation pool). Designated, primitive campgrounds at Oak Hill, (open all year) and seasonal campground Blue Shale, (open May 1 - Sept. 1).

    Other Facilities located at Oak Hill are boat ramp, picnic table and metal fire rings at designated campsites, vault toilet, information center, and parking areas.


John's Creek
  • Type of Facility: Information Center
  • Location of Facility: 39.887948 -98.101985
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    Access to the southwest shoreline of the reservoir.


White Rock Creek
  • Type of Facility: Boat Ramp
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: 39.905462 -98.115361
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    This is a boat access to the west end of the reservoir above water elevation 1580,(2.5 ft below conservation pool).

    Also available next to the boat ramp are primitive camping spots, picnic table, vault toilet, information center and a parking Area.


Montana Creek
  • Type of Facility: Parking
  • Location of Facility: 39.909385 -98.105366
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Pawnee Point
  • Type of Facility: Parking
  • Location of Facility: 39.906907 -98.088333
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    Shoreline access to the west end mud flats. A low water boat ramp is planned for this area in late 2007.


Two Mile
  • Type of Facility: Parking
  • Location of Facility: 39.907469 -98.080463
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    This area is two miles east of Hwy. 14 and allows access to the old county road which used to cross the reservoir prior to construction. It is a popular fishing area for both boat and shoreline anglers.


Prairie Dog Creek
  • Type of Facility: Parking
  • Location of Facility: 39.911082 -98.070839
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    This area allows access to the banks of Prairie Dog Creek.


Inlet Canal
  • Type of Facility: Fishing Area
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: 39.906000 -98.022811
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    This area is located where the inlet canal empties into the reservoir. There is a stairway and a gradually sloped area to access the shoreline bordering the canal on two sides.


Lovewell Reservoir Waterfowl Report - 11/14/2019
Waterfowl numbers  6,600 ducks - 800 teal, 5,500 mallards, 120 northern shovelers, 250 redheads a few wood ducks and other large ducks, 2,300 Canada AND 4,600 light geese.
Mallard Migration Ranking  
Water level Reservoir is at 1579.36or 3.00 feet BELOW conservation pool (1582.6) or74.3.% full. Inflows of 336.5 CFS. Reservoir levels are rising nearly a half-foot per day. The scheduled reservoir dam maintenance has been completed. Irrigation season has ended. Summer irrigation Drawdown was later this season so not much vegetation on the bare mudflats.
Hunting condition Good.Reservoir levels getting close to the shoreline vegetation to conceal hunters.
Expected hunting success Good. New birds are arriving daily.
Comments
PARK PERMIT REQUIRED TO ENTER THE STATE PARK PARK. NO HUNTING IS ALLOWED FROM THE SHORELINE OF THE STATE PARK. 
NEW REFUGE REGULATIONS:THE LAND REFUGE CLOSED  TO HUNTING YEAR ROUND. CLOSED TO OTHER ACTIVITIES SEPTEMBER 1 THROUGH MARCH 31. WATER REFUGE IN EFFECT NOVEMBER 1 THROUGH APRIL 15 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  of the State Park. INLET CANAL CLOSED TO FISHING SEPTEMBER 15 THROUGH APRIL 15.
BOAT RAMPS: only the boat ramp at Cedar Point is usable AT YOUR OWN RISK at this reservoir elevation. The State Park boat ramps require a Kansas State Park Permit. The Wildlife Area Boat Ramps are Pawnee Point, Oak Hill and White Rock Creek do not require a permit. They are not useable at this elevation.
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. 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 under the concrete shelter. We thank you for your patience. Please introduce youth and novice hunters to the outdoors. Pass it on!