Lovewell Reservoir

Location/Address:

2446 250 Rd
Webber, KS 66970
GPS: 39.905853 -98.04631

Contact Information

Area Manager: Rob Unruh
Phone: (785)-753-4971

ATTENTION
Daily Hunt Permits Required of ALL HUNTERS on Lovewell Wildlife Area - See story (click Area News button above)

A Google Earth Map is now available of the entire area.

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History:

The 4,625 acre Lovewell Wildlife Area was made available to the Kansas Forestry Fish and Game Commission under terms of a lease agreement with the Department of Interior in 1959 after the completion of Lovewell Reservoir, a 3,000 acre flood control and irrigation reservoir in 1957. 200 acres were purchased by the Kansas Fish and Game Commission in 1972 and is owned by the state of Kansas. Lands previously managed by the Kansas Park Authority that were transferred to KFG now bring the total area leased from the Bureau of Reclamation under wildlife management to 5,215 acres.

Description:

Lovewell Wildlife Area has 2,215 acres of public hunting area available around the reservoir. Lovewell Dam impounds approximately 3,000 surface acres of water and is situated on White Rock Creek. Lovewell is an irrigation reservoir with seasonally changing water levels. Expect lower water levels in the late summer through winter months but the reservoir is refilled annually by diverting water from the Republican River at Guide Rock, Nebraska into a canal that empties into the northeast corner of the reservoir. This area is small and receives heavy hunting and fishing pressure.

Species managed for include deer, turkey, waterfowl and upland game like pheasant, quail, rabbit and squirrel. Management will focus on increasing the quality of the experience for visitors by managing wildlife and habitats with an ecological based approach as the primary goal. The limited public lands in Kansas require intensive wildlife management and some special restrictions will be used to provide quality hunting and fishing areas.

Special Regulations:
  • Special Hunts and Refuge Areas are in effect October 1 - March 1.
  • Camping is only allowed in designated areas as a companion activity to hunting and fishing.
  • Horses are restricted to maintained roads and are not allowed off roads.
  • ATV's are prohibited anywhere on the area.
  • A permit to access a designated ADA vehicle access area is available from the manager to persons meeting the requirements.