Thursday, June 2, 2016

Return to Maxwell National Wildlife Preserve Maxwell, NM

Back in October of 2013 when I had a whole three months of full-timing under my belt I visited the Maxwell National Wildlife Preserve in northeast New Mexico.  I reviewed it here:  Maxwell Wildlife Review .  The Lake 13 (that's it's real name) was so low from drought at the time the camping experience then was somewhat diminished so when I heard that the lake had refilled I made plans to return.

Someone got real creative in naming the lake.
When I pulled into the campground with the Tank I could barely believe I was at the same place I'd camped three years ago.

Lake 13 refilled!
For the first of my three nights I had the campground completely to myself.

The Tank all by it's little lonely.
My first campground review didn't include a data sheet on Maxwell so here's one:

Hookups:                                             None                                      
Fire ring:                                              No                              
Water Access:                                     Yes                 
Fresh Water:                                        No                  
Trash Service:                                      Yes                             
Toilets:                                                Yes (vault)                             
Showers:                                             No                              
Dump station:                                      No                              
WiFi:                                                   No                              
Level sites:                                          Yes                             
Laundry:                                              No                              
Store:                                                  No                              
Pool:                                                    No                              
Shade:                                                 No                              
Verizon reception:                                4G, 2 bars                               
Internet reception:                                2 bars              
Cost:                                                  Free for up to 3 days

This time I had a reason to take the kayak off the Tank's roof.

The early morning water was like glass.
 Lake 13's comeback from what was almost a big mud puddle to where it is now is just amazing!  The Maxwell National Wildlife Preserve is one of my all-time favorite boondocking spots.  Only bad thing is you only get to stay three days!

Thanks for reading!

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