The Lodge at Russell Motel in Russell, Kansas

Area Attractions Near Russell, Kansas

Russell is located approximately 60 miles west of Salina, 35 miles north of Great Bend, and 25 miles east of Hays. Along Interstate 70, Russell is the half-way point between, Denver, Colorado and Kansas City, Kansas. Russell has excellent transportation facilities provided by Highway 40, 281 and Interstate 70.

Rail service is provided by Union Pacific Railroads, and the City maintains a modern airport with a 5,500 ft. concrete surfaced and lighted runway, taxiway and parking apron. a system, approximately 55 miles of paved streets, a library, the Deines Cultural Center and 160 acres of city parks, which includes the Municipal Golf Course, Memorial Park Complex and Duke Johnson Swimming Pool.

For more information about area events and activities, visit the Russell Area Chamber of Commerce website.
Outdoor Recreation
Fishing in Wilson Lake Water Sports at Wilson Lake

Wilson Lake is an oasis in the dry prairies of Western Kansas. The waters which flow into Wilson Lake have many unique properties because of the limestone through which they flow.

The lake has high salt content which allows it to support some types of fish, such as the striped bass, which are native to the ocean. Limestone also filters the waters, making Wilson the clearest lake in Kansas, and a great location for scuba diving and other water sports.
Mountain Biking at Bur Oak Nature Trail Mountain Biking at Bur Oak Nature Trail

A more relaxing venture can be had via the Bur Oak Nature Trail located below the dam at Lake Wilson. A short, 3/4  mile nature trail, walkers and hikers alike will find this an enjoyable opportunity. Information about the surrounding ecosystem us provided.

There is also a 4 mile mountain biking trail loop that winds its way over the hills surrounding the Wilson Lake area. The hills provide good climbs and hair-raising descents.  The trail is rated intermediate level and includes sections.
Area Attractions
County Fair Russell County Free Fair

The Russell County Free Fair has great rides, music, food, and motor sports; its the best week of summer. If you are a life long resident of the area or just traveling through stop in to see the sights and join the fun. This annual event is held the last week of July.
Movie Theater Dream Theatre

Russell’s original one-screen theatre built in 1923 has been restored and shows movies every weekend and some weekdays. It has recently been updated with 3-D capabilities.
Oil Rig in Russell Kansas - Photo by Fubar007 Oil Patch Museum

The story of the people and events that make up the history of oil in this area will come alive at the Oil Patch Museum in Russell. Walk through an actual oil storage tank and study the geology, drilling and production and transportation exhibits. Located just North of Interstate 70 at the 184 exit. Summer hours are June 1-Aug. 31, Mon.-Sun., 4:00-8:00pm, and by appointment year around by calling 483-3637 or 483-4796.
Pumpkins Granny Mae's Pumpkin Patch

Granny Mae's offers an old-fashioned fall festival atmosphere with hayrack rides, bonfires, marshmallow roasts, and live music. Located in rural Russell County this family farm was purchased by the Herber's in 1942 and remains in the family today. Open every weekend from the end of September till the end of October.
Garden of Eden in Lucas, Kansas - Photo by Kim Newell Garden of Eden

Samuel Perry Dinsmoor, a retired schoolteacher, Civil War veteran, farmer and Populist politician, began building the Garden of Eden and Cabin Home in 1907 at the age of 64. For 22 years he fashioned 113 tons (2,273 sacks) of cement and many tons of limestone into his unique "log" cabin with its surrounding sculptures. The Garden of Eden is located in Lucas, Kansas
Fossil Station Museum in Kansas - Photo by A.M. Hixson Fossil Station Museum

This imposing building was constructed of native limestone or "post rock" to house the sheriff and county jail in 1907. Today the museum displays portray the early history of Russell County. View 100 years of Clothing, Heartland Politics, Russell County Goes to War, and the Painless Puller Palace during a visit to the Fossil Station Museum. Summer hours are Monday - Saturday 11:00 am till 4:00 pm and Sunday 1:00 pm till 4:00 pm.
Painting by Sven Birger Sandzén Dorrance Museum

Dorrance is located in the eastern part of Russell County and is a rural farming community. In June of 1867, the Kansas Pacific Railroad tracks reached Dorrance, bringing German, English, Irish, and other immigrants, who had accounted for much of the town's modest growth by 1870. A prairie fire almost destroyed the entire business district of Dorrance on March 27, 1879. The town was named after a Mr. Dorrance, who was the railroad superintendent at that time.
Music Concert Deines Cultural Center

Located in Russell, Kansas, the Deines Cultural Center is a non-profit educational resource that enriches local cultural life by providing artistic exhibits and activities, musical events and concerts, educational and historic programs. Free admission and accessibility to those with disabilities. Open Tuesday through Sunday.
Deli Sandwich


Fine Dining at a Restaurant

Chinese Food
Expresso, Etc.
718 N. Main, Russell
Specialty coffees and drinks, sandwiches, ice cream

Fossil Station Pub & Pizzeria
1410 S. Fossil, Russell
Daily buffet, pizza, sandwiches, pasta and cold beer

KP Meal Service
510 S. Front St., Russell
Homemade food, made fresh daily

Klema’s Hometown Market
51 S. Fossil, Russell
Fried chicken, smoked pork and ribs, deli items, salads and desserts.

3721 183rd St., Russell
A peaceful country retreat. Reservations required.

1200 S. Fossil, Russell
Daily buffet, menu, lounge, & great steaks just the way you want them!

Midland Railroad Hotel & Restaurant
414 26th St., Wilson, KS
Fine dining as well as Midwest meals. Drummers Tavern also serves food and drinks.

Peking Garden Chinese Restaurant
407 S. Fossil, Russell
Day and evening buffets including traditional Chinese menu items along with American food. Take out available.

Waudby’s Bar and Grill
719 N. Main, Russell
Noon buffet, daily food and drink specials, a large variety of appetizers.
The Lodge at Russell     |     901 S. Fossil St, Russell, KS 67665     |     785-483-2107   |

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