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Desoto National Wildlife Refuge

1434 316th Lane, Missouri Valley, IA 51555
(712) 642-4121
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Birdwatching
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Lena
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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
14 helpful votes 14 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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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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248 reviews 248 reviews
192 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

I stopped by here for a few hours the other day. The auto tour rout takes you past the Missouri River, as well as past a few small lakes. There are some hiking trails throughout the refuge as well. The visitor's center has some excellent wildlife displays, as well as a gift shop. There is also a small museum with... More

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Nebraska
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99 reviews 99 reviews
11 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Desoto Bend is a hidden gym on Hwy 30 between Blair Nebraska and Missouri Valley, Iowa. The visitor Center and displays are very informative showcasing the wildlife and flora in the area. Snow a Geese in the spring and fall are a definite highlight, but fun can be found anytime of the year.

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Fort Calhoun, Nebraska
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118 reviews 118 reviews
26 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Visited 3/30 on a warm Sunday afternoon. Either due to Winter closures still in effect or migrations in progress a lot of the side roads were closed. But you can still find some nice trails that most everyone can handle near the lake, in a dense wood, etc. There are hides and viewing areas all around, with one really nice... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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56 reviews 56 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

A great place to hike, fish, hunt mushroom and nature photography. Being a prairie enthusiast, I am always excited to see the diversity of prairie plants. I am surprised no one hikes here. There are a few good trails. I take the kids fishing here a lot and always have good luck. The visitor center and displays are fun for... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

It was beautiful to see all the different ducks and geese along the waters icy edge still they seem to enjoy the day. The Museum is very interesting and we were surprised to see that they were able to recovery some many artifacts from the sinking of Bertrand steamboat . Nice day to spend in doors and still get a... More

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Blair, Nebraska, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

If you're looking to get into the wilderness for fishing, kayaking, hiking, wildlife viewing or photography, this is a great place to do it. It features numerals hiking trails, all of them level or nearly level, including the one closest to the visitor's center, which is paved. Many people bring their bikes and cycle around the area. Wildlife includes bald... More

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Iowa
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

Love going thru the Museum there and also to take photos. Desoto was closed for awhile when we had the flood, but have gone since and it was in the stages of regenerating itself. You could see where the water lines were on the trees and so forth.

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Sioux City, Iowa
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127 reviews 127 reviews
14 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

We were recently returning to Sioux City with our Granddaughter & stopped here for a visit & to introduce her to the refuge! It was great to see her checking everything out. She was 19 months old & enjoyed going up & down the stairs & checking a lot of things out. There weren't very many people there that day,... More

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