Lovewell Reservoir Waterfowl Report

Waterfowl numbers 5,000 ducks including divers and puddle ducks with 300 mergansers and 4,000 mallards. 3,000 canada geese, a few white-fronts. 10,000 light geese are here today (1/27) but were feeding on private cropland but loafing on the reservoir. Most waterfowl loafing in the refuge but feeding on private cropland.
Mallard Migration Ranking Mallard Migration ranking = 5
Water level Reservoir is 1.65 ft below conservation pool. Inflows to Lovewell from the Courtland Canal have resumed due to releases from Harlan County Reservoir in Nebraska and natural river flow.
Hunting condition Reservoir is 90% FROZEN today, (Tuesday Jan. 27). Reservoir levels are slowly increasing 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 Low Plains Late Zone Duck CLOSED January 25.2015. Goose OPEN. Poor for geese on the reservoir but if hunters can find open water and/or loafing/feeding birds it could be better. 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.
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ALL BOAT RAMPS CLOSED. Boat ramps in the State Park, (Cedar Point, the Marina and Cabin Area) ,PARK PERMIT REQUIRED.Boat Ramps in the Wildlife Area, (Pawnee Point, Oak Hill and White Rock Creek) 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 :

  • 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. 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!