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Address: 1434 316th Lane, Missouri Valley, IA 51555
Phone Number: (712) 642-4121
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Activities: Birdwatching

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Eagle Watching

Desoto has a great place where you can watch eagles nesting. They have a large telescope that you can look through for very close sightings. It is also a great place to go bike... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
Bec5725
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Missouri Valley, Iowa
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Missouri Valley, Iowa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Desoto has a great place where you can watch eagles nesting. They have a large telescope that you can look through for very close sightings. It is also a great place to go bike riding and fishing. You never know what is around the next corner. Great place to take the family for a fun day outside!!

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Omaha, Nebraska
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

So many things to do and places to explore. Great wildlife viewing available at the visitor's center, where you can watch the eagles with high-powered viewers, without having to be out in the weather ... year-round. See some of the excavated treasures from the sunken Bertrand vessel. Fishing from both the lake and the river, where you can use either... More 

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Ames
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

A wonderful place to see bird life including panoramic indoor views of Lake DeSoto including spotting scopes. Nice dry hiking trails even though it had rained a lot. Nice gift shop and an amazing exhibit of relics from an old steamboat on the Missouri River.

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Miami Beach, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

We arrived a few days past the spring migration, and yet in just a couple of hours we had over 20 species of birds including a Bald Eagle. The staff was very polite and helpful and the visitor center has a great viewing area.

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Vidalia, Georgia
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107 reviews 107 reviews
27 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

I love to travel...and have been to many museums and artifact displays all over this country. This is important to understand because of what I am going to say. The artifact display/ museum of the steamboat Bertrand (in the visitors center) is by far the most amazing of its kind I have seen anywhere. Let me repeat...THE MOST AMAZING DISPLAY... More 

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Ames, Iowa
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78 reviews 78 reviews
20 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

The DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge is a scenic place to enjoy the landscape of the meandering Missouri River, observe waterfowl and song birds, learn about the history of 19th century steamboats that traveled from St. Louis to the mining camps in Montana. The museum at the visitors center exhibits artifacts excavated from the sternwheeler steamboat Bertrand which sank at this... More 

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Columbus, Nebraska, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

While looking for an outdoor activity to do on a beautiful spring day, we discovered Desoto. Entry to the refuge is $3 per car. The visitor center is a great place to view the water and wildlife. Employees were helpful and knowledgeable. The Bertrand Steamboat exhibit is very interesting and informative. This is also a great place for kids to... More 

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Sioux City, Iowa
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232 reviews 232 reviews
39 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

I do not know why I waited so long to come here. I have lived in the area for years and have never take the time to stop at Desoto Bend. We decided to take a drive on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. We got to the refuge at about 4:00. The visitor center closes at 4:30 on Sunday, not sure... More 

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Merrill, Iowa, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Not only do you get to see wildlife, you also get to tour a ship with all its artifacts. I could return to this place many time and never regret it.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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203 reviews 203 reviews
92 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This is a nice place to take a day trip. The drive through the refuge is enjoyable and varied. The hiking trails offer a nice nature-viewing activity. We have only been here once since relocating to nearby Omaha, but we plan on returning to see what the other seasons look like at Desoto. It would be nice if authorities could... More 

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