Maxwell Wildlife Refuge
 

Off Highway 86, 6 miles north of
Canton, Kansas

Tours available by reservation (620) 628-4455 
Adults - $8    Under 12 - $5

Maxwell Wildlife Refuge Map

Maxwell Wildlife Refuge - Canton, Kansas
Wild buffalo at the Maxwell Wildlife Refuge
Buffalo at the Maxwell Wildlife Refuge

Maxwell Wildlife Refuge near Canton, Kansas is home to one of the few surviving wild buffalo herds. There are about 200 buffalo and 50 elk on the refuge. Each fall there is an auction of surplus buffalo.

In 1859 a small herd of buffalo were driven into the area around the Maxwell homestead.  The Maxwell family wanted to preserve a piece of prairie, with a roaming herd of buffalo, for future generations and in 1943, the Henry Maxwell estate donated 2,560 acres of land to the Kansas Forestry, Fish, and Game Commission for the creation of the Maxwell Wildlife Refuge dedicated to bison and other prairie species.

Public access to the Maxwell Wildlife Refuge includes occasional tram tours, horse back rides in spring & fall (must have own horse) and the 50 year old observation tower where some of these photos were taken. Special events at Maxwell Wildlife Refuge include the Prairie Days festival on the first weekend in June, and the Mountain Man Rendezvous on the Prairie on the first Friday and Saturday of October.

Fishing and primitive camping are available at nearby McPherson State Fishing Lake.

Maxwell Wildlife Refuge Observation Tower
Observation Tower at Maxwell Wildlife Refuge

Maxwell Wildlife Refuge
View from the Observation Tower

buffalo at Maxwell Wildlife Refuge
Buffalo herd along Pueblo Road

Maxwell Wildlife Refuge Map - Canton, Kansas
Maxwell Wildlife Refuge Map

Maxwell Wildlife Refuge website    Another wild buffalo herd is at the Red Buffalo Ranch in southeast Kansas

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