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This montage of common scenes at Maxwell NWR include a killdeer's nest with unhatched eggs, a sunset over one of the ponds, a baby killdeer, and a deer looking at the camera.
P.O. Box 276
Maxwell, NM   87728
Phone Number: 575-375-2331
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Common scenes at Maxwell NWR.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Interpretive and environmental education programs are available by appointment and by calling the Refuge Manager at the Refuge Office.

Lake 13 is a well-known fishing spot; the state record yellow perch and rainbow trout were both caught in the lake. Sportfish that have been caught in Lake 13 include channel catfish, walleye, largemouth bass, yellow bull head catfish, green sunfish, bluegill, and stocked rainbow trout. Sport fishing is at Lakes 13 and 14 are subject to the State's current fishing regulations and a state license is required. Fishing is permitted from March 1 through October 31. All other lakes and wetland areas are not available to fishing enthusiasts and are closed to public entry. Only the use of rods and reels or poles and lines is permitted and these must be attended at all times.

While no hunting of any species is currently allowed on the Refuge, the white-tailed and mule deer populations are growing on the Refuge and may, at some point in the future, require management. Interested individuals should check at the Refuge office on the current status of hunting on the refuge.

Interpretive and environmental education programs are available by appointment and by calling the Refuge Manager at the Refuge Office.

Wildlife Observation
Nature observation, photography, and hiking are encouraged. Observation is best along the lake/wetland features of the refuge that have water during that particular year and during that particular season. Open public use roads adjacent to the refuge's woodlots are also often good viewing sites at dusk and dawn. The prairie area just northwest of the prairie dog towns off Two-mile Road offers excellent opportunities in the spring and summer to view/hear secretive prairie-dependent bird species such as grasshopper sparrows, scaled quail, and Cassin's sparrows. Note that virtually all of the prairie habitats offer year-round opportunities to see soaring hawks and eagles.

The refuge office is open from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. Exhibits, information, and restrooms are available at the Refuge office.

Entrance Fees
No entrance fees are charged to access the Refuge.

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