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

We visited the fascinating Steamboat Bertrand exhibit located in the refuge. Just about the entire cargo of this Victorian-era vessel is displayed behind large glass panels. Since... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 10, 2015
Charlotte M
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South Dakota
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South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

We visited the fascinating Steamboat Bertrand exhibit located in the refuge. Just about the entire cargo of this Victorian-era vessel is displayed behind large glass panels. Since I'm interested in this time in history, it was a great look at the every-day things people used...clothing, tools, household items.

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Thank Charlotte M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

Loved the museum of artifacts found in the sunken steamboat. Very interesting and LOTS of items. I would have been afraid to taste some of the foods they found!

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Thank Terri P
Cedar Rapids
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

The BEST thing was the size of this place;over 7,000 acres of wetlands. The place is a haven for migratory birds and they were plentiful that day. Hiking, fishing, camping. Anything outdoors is found here and you will NOT be disappointed. I was blown away by what I saw first-hand there. There is a gate fee but this helps maintain... More 

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Thank Daniel B
Nebraska
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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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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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131 reviews
58 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 via mobile

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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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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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 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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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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