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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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Undisturbed serenity

DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge is a beautiful retreat from the daily hustle and bustle. The road through the refuge is well-maintained and easy to follow. At ever curve and turn... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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Denver, Colorado
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Denver, Colorado
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30 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge is a beautiful retreat from the daily hustle and bustle. The road through the refuge is well-maintained and easy to follow. At ever curve and turn there are beautiful scenery and birds.

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Montgomery Village, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

I was recently in Omaha for a conference and wanted to visit some places to see good scenery and take photographs, and this was it. The drive was very scenic and interesting. But the museum was also very well done and interesting, and I'm not usually a big fan of museums. It contained artifacts of the shipwreck of a steamboat... More 

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Blair, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

Desoto is a very nice, relaxing and educational place to go. You can watch thousands of geese take refuge, you can see the Bertrand display, you can watch turtles sun themselves on logs in the river. Hiking trails and if your not up to hiking you can do a drive through or excellent bike riding. Fun place for the family

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Missouri Valley, Iowa
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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
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 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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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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 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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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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Address: Address: 1434 316th Lane, Missouri Valley, IA 51555
Phone Number: (712) 642-4121
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Missouri Valley

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