During the winter of 2009/2010, several business owners in conjunction with the Fredericktown Area Chamber of Commerce worked on an idea to establish and build the local area into a destination area. This would not only be for local residents but for the tri-state area and beyond. The meetings resulted in the birth of the Maxwell Basin Recreational Area. It would provide visitors with a summer that is full of events and festivals that would appeal to a broad range of visitors. The reason the area was named Maxwell Basin was because of the Maxwell Pool. The pool was developed by a dam which provided a section of more than 20 miles within the Monongahela River, ideal for recreational boating, and receives more recreational use than any other area on the Monongahela.

Additionally, Ten Mile Creek is a tributary to the Monongahela. There is a county park there that maintains a boat ramp with docks and a picnic area with many new shelters and restrooms.

The Fredericktown Area Chamber of Commerce is the managing body for the events, however we have created a unique set of circumstances that allows the individual businesses to run their designated event in the way they would like to run it. The plan is to move the events to a different location throughout the summer.

The Chamber is also using the initiative to encourage more business participation in the Chamber. They have also created a non-business chapter to encourage individual participation.

Since the inception of the MBRA, there have been numerous events and festivals. These have included Easter Egg Hunts, Memorial Day Celebration, Ribfests, 4th of July Celebrations, Rockin on the Mon and Party at the Point.

MBRA and Maxwell Pool Area of the Monongahela River
Maxwell Basin Recreation Area