Lovewell Reservoir Waterfowl Report

Waterfowl numbers Light Goose Conservation Season OPEN. 2,000,000 - 3,000,000 light geese. 82,000 ducks, all species. 400,000 dark geese and a few white-fronts, with a mix of Canada species and a few white-fronts. Huge JUVIE flight
Mallard Migration Ranking Mallard Migration ranking = 20
Water level Reservoir is 4.5 ft below conservation pool. Inflows to Lovewell from the Courtland Canal  began 3/15. INLET CANAL CLOSED TO FISHING THRU APRIL 15 TO PROTECT SPAWNING WALLEYE.
Hunting condition RESERVOIR OPEN.
Expected hunting success

 AWESOME everywhere. Geese numbers fluctuate widely. Geese have decreased feeding in Kansas and flying more to South Dakota before returning for the night.

APRIL FOOLS!

Comments

DUE TO LOW WATER, Only boat ramp open is in the State Park(PARK PERMIT REQUIRED) are at the Marina. Cedar Point CLOSED FOR REPAIR. The Refuge opened on March. 1, 2014. 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. PERMITS AVAILABLE AT THE INFORMATION CENTERS. Hunters will again be required to fill out a daily use permit to report their hunting activities while on the area. 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!