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Desoto National Wildlife Refuge

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We enjoy Desoto Wildlife Refuge any time of year. The visitor center has a unique exhibit on the... read more

Reviewed September 15, 2018
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Nice camp grounds hook ups for TBs and nice areas for tents. You can have easy access to the River... read more

Reviewed July 5, 2018
Council Bluffs, Iowa
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1434 316th Ln, Missouri Valley, IA 51555-7033
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Reviewed September 15, 2018 via mobile

We enjoy Desoto Wildlife Refuge any time of year. The visitor center has a unique exhibit on the Bertrand, a boat going to the gold fields in Montana that sunk and was preserved in mud! You can enjoy a viewing area for birds during migration...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed July 5, 2018 via mobile

Nice camp grounds hook ups for TBs and nice areas for tents. You can have easy access to the River for a day of boating . Also good fishing lake. They have a very interesting visitor center and the rements of a sunken dream boat....More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank marmil59
Reviewed July 1, 2018

This museum has exhibits of the wildlife of the area, as well as of artifacts from a recovered keel boat. You can get local history and natural history in one place. The museum is a pleasant size to be with a family and there are...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Todd D
Reviewed May 9, 2018 via mobile

We were visiting the Missouri National Recreactional River Resource and Education Center and my husband read about the Desoto National Wildlife Refuge. We were close by so we decided to take a look and we were so glad we did. You could spend all day...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank doupnikka
Reviewed April 2, 2018

Desoto NWR is truly a marvelous location to view wildlife, particularly the migratory birds on their journeys to and from the north and south...just incredible, and this most recent northward migration prior to Spring was one of the best in recent recorded history. And a...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed March 4, 2018 via mobile

Visited March 3rd before 9am to see the roughly 500,000 snow geese migrating north. It was an amazing site enjoyed by our whole family. We also enjoyed walking through the visitor center and checking out the wildlife exhibits as well as the sunken Bertrand exhibits....More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Sunofthebeach
Reviewed March 3, 2018

We visited the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge to see the migratory flocks of birds—we were not disappointed! We arrived around 9:30am-ish and still had to wait in a long line of cars to get to the pay station for entry (very inexpensive, just a few...More

Date of experience: March 2018
3  Thank raharrington85
Reviewed March 3, 2018 via mobile

Went early this morning to view the geese as they are migrating thru the area. Arrived early before the traffic. The staff opened the building early for us and we enjoyed viewing the geese from their indoor viewing area. The staff said that about 750,000...More

Date of experience: March 2018
2  Thank mattk361
Reviewed March 3, 2018

Absolutely fantastic when the Canadian & Snow Geese are flocking! Easy drive from Omaha. Be sure to see the steamboat exhibit.

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank Bill M
Reviewed March 3, 2018 via mobile

Saw 100,000s of snow geese, two bald eagles 🦅 🦅, and Canadian Geese. Well worth the wait. An amazing site and nice visitor center with artifacts of a sunken steamboat.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Rob H
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Response from OldeBear | Reviewed this property |
Hi Folks, We (My wife and I - also seniors) have found that various seasons have various attractions: This is on the Missouri River which is a major migration route. If you want to see lots of migrators - Sand Hill Cranes... More