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Enjoy all Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge has to offer...

Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to see prairie wildlife.  Early morning or just before sunset are the best times to observe wildlife.  Bring Binoculars and quietly walk the Refuge.  Other recreational activities such as photography, fishing, and hunting may be enjoyed at Kirwin NWR.  Driving through the various habitats of the Refuge will provide an opportunity for viewing and photographing wildlife.  Hiking is permitted throughout the Refuge, providing a closer look at wildlife.  Bicyclists may ride on any roads open to vehicle travel.  Please remember that the needs of wildlife come first on a national wildlife refuge.

A visitor center is located in the Refuge headquarters, including an interpretive exhibit that focuses on the wildlife and habitats of the Refuge.  The Refuge visitor center is located 6 miles east of Glade, Kansas, on State Highway 9 and 1 mile south on 700 Road.  Refuge staff is available to answer your questions or provide further information from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for holidays.  Accessible restrooms are available at the headquarters.  Information kiosks and three accessible restrooms are also located around the Refuge.  Contact Refuge headquarters via telephone at (785)543-6673.

Interpretive Nature Trails  

A one-half mile hard-surfaced wildlflower trail is located at Crappie Point on the south side of the Refuge.  It loops through the grassland, and during the month of June, it is alive with a wonderful array of blooming wildflowers.

At Prairie Dog Town, you may enjoy a one-quarter mile trail through a prairie dog ecosystem.  The prairie dog that is present on the Refuge is the black-tailed species, which, as the name indicates, has a black-tipped tail.  These prairie dogs, the most abundant and widely distributed species, live in densely populated colonies or "towns," scattered across the Great Plains from northern Mexico to southern Canada.  Benches are available along the paths to rest and enjoy the solitude of the refuge.

Nearby Accommodations  

Gas, food, campgrounds, and lodging can be found in the nearby communities of Kirwin and Phillipsburg and the surrounding area.  More information is available at the visitor center.
Equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from programs and activities of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is availalbe to all individuals regardless of physical or mental ability.  Dial 7-1-1 for a free connection to the State transfer relay service for TTY and voice calls to and from the speech and hearing impaired.  For more information or to address accessibility needs, please contact the Refuge staff at (785)543-6673 or the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Equal Opportunity, 1849 C Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20240.