Lovewell Reservoir Waterfowl Report
|Waterfowl numbers||5,000 ducks, divers and puddle ducks with 700 mergansers and 3,500 mallards. 2,500 canada geese 8,500 light geese and a few white-fronts.|
|Mallard Migration Ranking||Mallard Migration ranking = 7|
|Water level||Reservoir is 2.4 ft below conservation pool. Inflows to Lovewell from the Courtland Canal have ceased. Irrigation season is over.|
|Hunting condition||Reservoir is 85% open but mostly frozen west of John's Creek. Most shorelines open. All boat ramps are open today(Friday Dec. 19) with the exception of White Rock Creek which is frozen and shallow and Oak Hill which due to the low water levels can only handle smaller boats. Reservoir levels are stable and there is a lot of concealing vegetation close to the water. Earlier, exposed mudflats have been covered as well as flooding growing vegetation. Not much moist soil food on the reservoir.|
|Expected hunting success||Fair to Good if hunters can find open water and loafing birds. Will update as conditions change and until we see how much of the reservoir freezes/thaws and how many more birds arrive and stay. Most waterfowl feeding on private cropland.|
Most boat ramps Open including the Cedar Point, the Marina in the State Park and Cabin Area,(PARK PERMIT REQUIRED). Pawnee Point, Oak Hill and White Rock Creek ramps do not require a permit. White Rock Creek and Oak Hill ramps are low for unloading LARGER boats at this elevation.The LAND REFUGE CLOSED OCTOBER 1. WATER REFUGE IN EFFECT NOVEMBER 1, 2014. 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 AT THE INFORMATION CENTERS. 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!