REGISTRATION IS CLOSED! If you had registered for the event by March 25, 2017, and sent a check for the event we will contact you on the details for the burn.

We have scheduled our annual Prairie Burn of our Flint Hill pastures on Saturday, April 1, 2017.  The rain-out date is Saturday, April 8, 2017.

The event will start at 1:00 PM.  The afternoon starts with tours of the 1865 Homestead Ranch which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  This includes: the 3-story stone house, 2-story tenant house, 3-story stone barn, and the root cellar with a hand dug well.  Take in the natural surrounding beauty of the Flint Hills while relaxing on the banks of Mill Creek, watching the crystal-clear water meander downstream.  See more of the Flint Hills on the hayrack rides provided in the afternoon, taking you out across a Mill Creek crossing and through the meadows.

At approximately 4:00 PM, there will be speakers to tell you the history of the ranch, now the Claussen Ranch, and orientation about the Prairie Burn, safety items, etc.  There will be snacks and drinks available.

The Daytime Burn will begin with a short walk by the family cemetery onward to the pasture.  After the Prairie Burn, we will return to the barn for our famous BBQ and fixin’s, followed by dessert.  There will be live music provided after the meal.  After the meal and music, we will proceed on a short walk to the Night Time Burn.  After returning from the Night Time Burn, we will have a campfire on the banks of Mill Creek.


Outdoor clothing (you might want to dress in “layers”).  Cotton shirts and jeans work well.   Wear leather boots or leather shoes.  Bring leather gloves, and a garden rake if you wish to pull the “fire line” (the rake needs to have steel teeth).  Bring a good flashlight or a headlight.  Other items that are helpful are a bandana / face cover and eye protection.  A “must” is your camera to capture the flames.  With the old-growth grass, we may have flames shooting up thirty or more feet.

The cost is $90.00 per person and includes all the above.  You will need to book the event by March 25, 2017 by calling 785-765-3300 or by email at prairieflames@millcreeklodgevollandpoint.com.


We can house 29 people at the Lodge.  There are 9 private bedrooms in the guesthouse.  There is also the tenant house and the bunkhouse in the barn.  Please see our website for more information on our accommodations ( http://millcreeklodgevollandpoint.com/category/rooms/ ).

Contact Kris Surbaugh at 785-765-3300 or email her at prairieflames@millcreeklodgevollandpoint.com to reserve a room(s) or if you have questions about this event or the accommodations.  The room prices vary.


You must register for the event by March 25, 2017, and send a check for $90.00 per person.  Make check out to Mill Creek Lodge.  Mail check to: Mill Creek Lodge at Volland Point, 34554 Old K-10 Rd, Alma, Kansas 66401.  In case of inclement weather on the April 1st date, we will move it to April 8th at the same times.  We will hold your check payment until after the event and in case of bad weather on April 1st and on April 8th, we will send your check back to you.  If there are any questions on the event day about bad weather, please call Kris at 785-765-3300.

We hope you choose to come experience burning a prairie fire and enjoy the day with us!

Hosts: Verne and Marilyn Claussen with Kris Surbaugh at the Claussen Ranch and Mill Creek Lodge at Volland Point

Directions to Mill Creek Lodge at Volland Point:

Travel 7 ½ miles west of Alma, Kansas on Old K-10 Road to Fix Cemetery Lane Road (Mill Creek Lodge sign at the turn), Go South 1/8th mile to the Ranch stead.  GPS can be a bit unreliable.

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Open for Business!!!

The Mill Creek Lodge has an event center and a large ranch barn available for weddings, family gatherings, and business meetings.  The large ranch barn is three stories tall. It features an original entry way that serviced the corn crib which over looks the hay loft. The hay loft will hold up to 250 people.  The hay loft has four large windows with views of the water and two doors with large windows that open for views of the patio below and the water beyond.  The lower horse stall area will hold another 100 people.  This lower area is perfect for dancing, and space for a DJ setup.  It opens up to a cement patio that overlooks Mill Creek.  There is a receiving kitchen (for caterers) in the barn along with multiple restroom facilities. The dining room / meeting room will serve up to 50 people. There is a full kitchen in the main house. All facilities have heating and air conditioning including the barn.  The historic three story stone house has 9 rooms on 3 floors with a capacity up to 17 people. The tenant suite is on the second story of the stone tenant house next to the three story stone house. It features a full kitchen, family room, deck, full bath, and large bedroom holding up to a family of 5.


Area Restaurants

Alma Bakery & Sweet Shoppe
118 W 3rd St, Alma, KS 66401

Farmacy Cafe
327 Missouri Ave, Alma, Kansas 66401

Gambino’s Pizza
308 Missouri Ave, Alma, KS 66401

Barnyard Cafe
605 Main St, Alta Vista, Kansas 66834

The Lodge at Lake Wabaunsee
1 Flint Hills Drive West, Alma, KS 66401

Friendship House
507 Ash St, Wamego, KS 66547

Paramour Coffee
810 4th Street, Wamego, KS 66547

Barleycorn’s Downtown Deli
410 Lincoln St, Wamego, KS 66547

Local Attractions

Ag Heritage Park
103 S. Main, Alta Vista, Kansas
Open by appointment
(785) 482-3865

Alma City of Native Stone Tour
Walking/Driving tour of native stone structures in Alma

Beecher Bible and Rifle Church
Wabaunsee, Kansas

Columbian Theatre
521 Lincoln Ave, Wamego, Kansas

Lake Wabaunsee

Mount Mitchell Historic Site

Paxico Antique Stores

Skyline Mill Creek Scenic Drive

Wabaunsee Pines Golf Course

Wamego Historic Dutch Mill & Museum Complex

Wizard of Oz Museum