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Maxwell Wildlife Refuge

  • Type: Natural Environ

Prairie Days

The Maxwell Wildlife Refuge and the adjoining McPherson State Fishing Lake protect 2,610 acres of mostly mixed grass prairie habitat for a herd of 150 bison and 75 elk. The refuge features an observation tower and tram rides through the reserve. A campground and public use area are located at McPherson State Fishing Lake.

Events at Maxwell Wildlife Refuge include the Prairie Days festival on the first weekend in June, and the 3-day Mountain Man Rendezvous in October. - AsNotedIn



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1859/00/00 Scottish immigrant, John Gault Maxwell, settles in McPherson County. Eventually the Maxwell homestead, becomes a sanctuary for a small herd of buffalo driven into the area.
1940/00/00 John Gault Maxwell's son Henry wills $75,000 for the establishment of a refuge.
1951/00/00 The Maxwell Wildlife Refuge opens with a herd of 10 bison and 6 elk. A portion of the land is set aside for the construction of the McPherson County Fishing Lake.

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Particulars for Maxwell Wildlife Refuge:
Animal Bison
Animal Elk
Locale Type Natural Environ
Ecosystem Tallgrass Prairie

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