Signs of spring

Chad Frey
McPhersonSentinel

Maxwell Wildlife​ Refuge is home to Kansas' largest public herd of bison and the only location in the state where herds of both bison and elk can be viewed in a native prairie environment.

The refuge is located 6 miles north of Canton, in the very southeastern tip of the Smoky Hills.

Visitors may view the herds on their own from the road and an observation tower at the preserve. Tours hosted by the Friends of Maxwell have been closed during the pandemic. 

When resumed, 45 minute tours of the 2,000-acre natural gras prairie are done by tram with guides providing information about Maxwell and the Kansas prairie's natural, cultural and historic resources. Reservations required with three-day notice suggested to allow for scheduling staff.  

McPherson State Fishing Lake lies on the refuge's west border. Fish for bass, catfish and panfish. Visitors can enjoy basic camping and day-use facilities, including a nature trail, picnic tables, grills and piers.

Fore more information about the refuge, call 620-654-7230 or email Maxwellwildliferefuge@gmail.com

For more images by Michele Clark, visit thekansan.com.

Newton Kansan photographer Michele Clark visited Maxwell Wildlife Refuge and McPherson State Fishing Lake in search of signs of spring.
Newton Kansan photographer Michele Clark visited Maxwell Wildlife Refuge and McPherson State Fishing Lake in search of signs of spring.
Newton Kansan photographer Michele Clark visited Maxwell Wildlife Refuge and McPherson State Fishing Lake in search of signs of spring.
Newton Kansan photographer Michele Clark visited Maxwell Wildlife Refuge and McPherson State Fishing Lake in search of signs of spring.