|Waterfowl numbers||Still a few thousand ducks around the reservoir and wildlife area after heavy hunting pressure opening weekend. Appears to be primarily GW Teal and Mallards. Around 5,000 light geese have showed up as well. There is a good amount of ice on the shallow water areas as of today but temps are forecasted to rise. Expect numbers to fluctuate with varying weather and hunting pressure.|
|Water level||The Wetlands are full. Reservoir 1.14 ft. above pool and slowly dropping. 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 this early fall. Wetlands are in Fair to Good shape. See Comments Section.|
|Expected hunting success||Fair to Good. REGULAR DUCK SEASON OPENS NOV. 9|
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.