Lovewell Reservoir is situated in the Chalk Hills region of the Smoky Hills. Chalk bluffs, oak-covered hillsides, and upland prairies characterize this scenic area. Migrating waterfowl and shorebirds are drawn to the lake and wetlands. For the best wildlife views, drive roads nearest the water or hike along the reservoir shoreline. Pick up a park permit and map at the Lovewell Unit Office.
On the north side of the reservoir are areas of short-grasses inhabited by thirteen-lined ground squirrels and black-tailed prairie dogs. During migrations Montana Creek and other coves provide good viewing of shorebirds and waterfowl. Watch for black-billed magpies in the woody edge along the lake and streams. Bobwhite quail will be close to thickets. Ring-necked pheasants should be in the grasslands, croplands, and along the roads. In the evening and early morning watch for wild turkey, both white-tailed and mule deer, coyotes, opossums, and raccoons. Secretive bobcats are here also. The Oak Hill area is a good spot for songbirds. Scan the open waters and shallows for cormorants, white pelicans, gulls, and herons. Spring to fall, look for mourning doves, red-tailed hawks, and turkey vultures. Bald eagles are becoming more common at this reservoir every winter.
117 Utility campsites. Primitive camping. 6 Cabins (make a reservation online).
No developed trails.
The entities responsible for management of Lovewell
Reservoir are the US
Bureau of Reclamation and the Kansas Department of
Wildlife, Parks & Tourism. Contact the Bureau at (785) 753-4444
if you have specific questions about use or management of the reservoir.
Contact the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks
& Tourism at (785)
753-4971 if you have specific questions about use or
management of the state park.
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