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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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Beautiful Missouri River valley landscape, migrating waterfowl, impressive museum

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Ames, Iowa
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Ames, Iowa
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77 reviews 77 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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228 reviews 228 reviews
39 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 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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177 reviews 177 reviews
77 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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Springfield, IL
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180 reviews 180 reviews
95 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

We came solely to see the exhibit on the Steamboat Bertrand. It was a good exhibit showing the types of cargo that the boat was carrying when it sank. There is a model of the boat as well. While I understand low level lighting is needed for some items, much of what was exhibited doesn't fit that category. It could... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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223 reviews 223 reviews
44 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

The visitor center here is the nicest I have seen at any NWR. It is large, well designed, well placed, and is chock-a-block with interesting items. The best is the salvage from a sunken steamboat (Bertram). What a treasure trove. The viewing windows and the other exhibits rival any other. The drive around the refuge is great and the walking... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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39 reviews 39 reviews
25 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Eleven adults and children drove to DeSoto Bend on Sat. The display about Steamboat Bertram is amazing. The c steamboat sank and the cargo was salvaged, cleaned and preserved for visitors. The National Wildlife Refuge is a stopover for migrating ducks and geese in the autumn.

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Lena
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52 reviews 52 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This is a lovely place for a pleasant afternoon drive. There is lots of wildlife to see, though we didn't see much the day we went. A very pleasurable way to enjoy nature.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

I grew up in Nebraska and it wasn't until this year a friend recommended we go see Desoto National Wildlife Refuge. For a nominal fee of $3 (I think) we got access to the refuge for the day. Bring a lunch, bikes, hiking shoes, fishing poles, cameras, or all of the above! We were there during the week, but it... More 

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