Maxwell Wildlife Refuge



2565 Pueblo Road, (6 miles North of Canton, Ks.) Canton, Ks. 67428


All Tours and events require reservations at least one day in advance.

Tours given throughout the year by volunteers of The Friends of Maxwell.

Check our website for more information regarding our fishing lake, cabin for rent, gun range and many more activities available.


May 24th – Trail Ride – Ride the rolling hills of our Prairie and capture sightings of our Bison and their spring babies. Lunch included – Limit on riders, please call for reservations or more information.

May 30th & June 6th – Spring Prairie Wildflower tours. Please call for reservations.

September 19 – Santa Fe Days. Celebrate the Santa Fe trail with a tour and a meal. Presentation by Trail Historian. Please call for info and reservations

September 5th and 12th – Fall Wildflower tours – Viewing of the prairie flowers. Reservations please.

October 2,3 & 4 – Annual Mountain Man Rendezvous.

Fort Harker Days 2014

Fort Harker Days @ Kanopolis is July 11 & 12.

Fri July 11

5 – 7pm Hamburger Feed –  Commanding Officers Quarters sponsored by Ellsworth County Historical Society.

 7pm Forsyth Scouts Descendants Reunion – Jr Officers Quarters  Join Jim Gray for an in depth look at the life of Chauncey Beldon Whitney, Frontier defender.
Saturday July 12
7:30 am Tour of historic Fort Ellsworth celebrating 150 years of its founding. Meet at Fort Harker Guardhouse with Jim Gray as guide.
10am parade, Games, entertainment & food all day and evening in the city park
9pm till midnight   Free dance in the park

Memorial Day Bicycle Ride

It’s Memorial Day 2014 and time for another Roxbury hills ride.  Leaving from the grocery store in Canton at 8:00,  we’ll go up the Prairie Trail Scenic Byway to Roxbury and then west towards Interstate 35 as far as you want to go and then turn around and go back.  This is at least a 30 mile round trip, be prepared.  This is an   unsagged ride.  No charge, no tee shirt, no sags, no kidding, just a good ride in the hills.

I did a hill


August 23                              Santa Fe Days – the celebration of the Santa Fe Trail.  Evening Bison Tour with a meal following.  Prairie life in the 1800’s to be done by a Historian of the area.

September 7 and 14            Fall Wildflower Tour – enjoy the colors of the fall foliage and flowers from the tram with several stops along the way for viewing and pictures.

October 4,5 and 6                Annual Rendezvous – come and experience living history with historical re-enactors, primitive camps, flint knappers and craftsmen.  Join us for demonstrations of prariie life, biurd walks, music, food, elk and bison tours.  Free gate entry . .

Octoer 26                               Fall Fun on the Prairie – sunset bison tour with campfire mewal.  Prize for the best Halloween costume.

Trail Rides                              Dates to be announced.

Mid November                      Buffalo Auction  – watch for the dates and further information

For more details contct Friends of Maxwell, 2565 Pueblo Road, Canton.  Phone 620.628.4455. 


August 16 – Rodeo in the afternoon and a dance to follow.

August 17 – Gathering from 6:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Interested?  Contact the Ellsworth-Kanopolis Chamber of Commerce for more information . . .785.472.4071


Saturday, February 9 at 6:30 p.m. the 19th Annual Chocloate Lovers celebration begins.  Arrive at the Swedish Country Inn on West Lincoln to receive a palette for “Painting the Town.”   Each downtown destination is a different   color on the palette and has a unique chocolate dessert.  There will be live music, demonstrations and lots of chocolate.  At 8:30 p.m. at the Swedish Crown Restaurant the annual art auction begins.  All proceeds are towards two $1,500 scholarships for local high school aged, college bound students who have demonstrated jgreat promise in an artistic field.   When the palette is filled, the person is elgible to participate in the Grand Valentine giveaway with a night’s stay at Seasons of the Fox B and B, dinner for two at the Swedish Crown, a bouquet of roses and a gift certificate for Lindsborg businesses.   Admission is $15.00 per person.


VALENTINE TREATS . . . The Lindsborg Business Community wants you to enjoy Valentine treats and activities at participating businesses on
Saturday, February 2 from 10:009 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.    Hear love ballads, have your blood pressure checked and have your photo taken on an antique Victorian sofa at Sarahendipity.

At 7:30 p.m. a “Night of Stars” talent show will begin at the Smoky Valley High auditorium.  A donation of $8.00 is suggested for the fundraiser for the annual Midsummer’s Festival.

On Feburary 9th, the annual Chocolate Lovers festival and art auction will begin at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Lindsborg to support the Linbdsborg Arts Council scholarships.  Stay tuned for more information.



January 2 and 12 – Elk Days at Maxwell kick-off with viewing of the elk and their magnificient “racks” also known as antlers.    Tour begins at 10:00 a.m. each day followed by a free will donation for sloppy joes, chili and cobbler.    Tour admission is $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for children less than 12.  Reservations are a must.  Contact 620.628.4455 for information and reservations.   The web site is

January 26 is the day to celebrate Happy Birthday Kansas!!    Tour is at 10:00 a.m.with birthday cake.  Reservations are a must.  Tour admission is $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for children less than 12.  Contact 620.628.4455.

March is the last month to see the elk with their antlers.

April 20 – Earth Day Tour at 10:00 a.m. to celebrate the good earth.  Reservations required.





The 35th annual Holiday Open House at Olive Springs Schoolhouse Gallery will be Saturday, December 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, December 2,  1 – 4 p.m.   Olive Springs schoolhouse, built in 1885,  was District #2 in  McPherson County and is the oldest schoolhouse in the county on its original location.   It now serves as an art gallery to display paintings by Maleta Forsberg, along with memorabilia of the country school era.  The schoolhouse is located 3 miles west of Roxbury on the Prairie Trail Scenic Byway, or Exit #72 on I – 135 and east on Smoky Valley Road to 24th Avenue.  The public is welcome.