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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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Last Minute Drive

Nice, quiet Sunday evening drive. Had not been to Desoto for some time and really enjoyed the quiet drive. Saw a number of deer, geese, ducks and a variety of birds.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2015
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Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Nice, quiet Sunday evening drive. Had not been to Desoto for some time and really enjoyed the quiet drive. Saw a number of deer, geese, ducks and a variety of birds.

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Allentown PA
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27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

The staff was very informative. The location is easy on/off from I29 so makes a nice side trip. You may need insect repellent if you plan to walk the trails.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

I haven't visited the Desoto National Wildlife Refuge since 1978. It was a great place to come and learn about animals & nature when I was much younger. I recently had the pleasure to re-visit this wonderful attraction in Iowa. I brought my family along so they could experience this moment in time with me. This place is so awesome... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

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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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

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 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

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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6 reviews
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 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 reviews
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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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Address: 1434 316th Lane, Missouri Valley, IA 51555
Phone Number: (712) 642-4121
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Missouri Valley

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