South Effenbeck Road, Maxwell, NE

WAPITI WMA – 12S of Maxwell on county road; Deer, Dove, Elk, Turkey; 1,920 acres.

The Wapiti Wildlife Management Area is a gem for those wanting to “get away from it all” in a pristine and primitive environment. Located south of North Platte in the beautiful Cottonwood Canyon, this 1,920 acre parcel is rugged and remote. Because of that, caution is advised when visiting this area. The Loess soil turns to clingy mud when wet, and takes several days to dry out. The road into Wapiti is deeply rutted. If there has been moisture within a few days of your visit, it will be nearly impossible to make your way into the area, or to get your vehicle out if you get stuck. Because of the canyon location, cell phone service will be almost non-existent.

Wapiti is one of only three elk hunting areas in Nebraska and an ideal place to bring a spotting scope, binoculars and a picnic lunch, especially to look for various hawks, vultures and eagles. Rock Wrens, Black-headed Grosbeaks, Say’s Phoebe and many others are found here. Wapiti provides critical habitat for the Box Elder elk herd and endangered American burying beetle. It will also support other wildlife including whitetail and mule deer, coyotes, turkeys, mourning doves, and other wildlife.

The Loess Canyons is a rugged fragmented landscape of mixed grass prairie southeast of North Platte. To biologists, it is a biologically unique landscape due to its habitat for grassland birds, a wild herd of elk and the endangered American burying beetle.