|Waterfowl numbers||8,000-10,000 ducks have been seen on the reservoir and wildlife area. Around 5 thousand light geese using the reservoir. A few hundred Canada geese have been seen around the area as well but mostly on adjacent private ground. Duck season is closed.|
|Water level||The Wetlands are full. For current Reservoir levels visit http://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/ELKC.lakepage.html|
|Hunting conditions||ELK CITY RESERVOIR WAS FULL FOR OVER 60 DAYS THIS SUMMER. The lake edge is primarily mud bank now due to summer flooding and small elevation changes early this fall. Wetlands are in Fair to Good shape. See Comments Section.|
|Expected hunting success||Fair. REGULAR DUCK SEASON IS NOV. 9-JAN.5 AND JAN.11-26|
For updated waterfowl numbers and weather conditions call (620) 331-6820. Individuals utilizing the wildlife area need to be aware of the refuge boundaries. Maps can be obtained at the Fisheries & Wildlife office (below the dam) or at the State Park (on the lake side).
Wetland water levels and vegetation vary greatly this year due to the duration and extent of the reservoir flood. Some wetlands were not drained at all and some were drained late to attempt to grow some moist soil vegetation. The wetlands that did not flood have good production but vegetation is thick and we were not able to do much mowing. Finding open areas may be difficult, especially in the early parts of the season.