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Desoto National Wildlife Refuge

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

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nice place very quiet

I went here to get away from the city and well, I was pleased. It has a great visitor center and it was cheap to get in. it cost me $3.00 which include everybody in the car. there... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Chris L
Omaha, Nebraska
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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went here to get away from the city and well, I was pleased. It has a great visitor center and it was cheap to get in. it cost me $3.00 which include everybody in the car. there were a group of people a few yards of where i was fishing and they were loud so i couldn't relax and... More 

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Council Bluffs, IA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The artifacts from the Bertrand, the ship that sunk are interesting. We were also able to view two young eagles in their nest. The people in the visitors center are very helpful.

Thank Don T
Newton, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had been here at the Refuge several years back and the Visitor's Center was closed, but we drove the beautiful grounds and saw the Bertrand Discovery Site. We had plans to come back to go trough the Visitor's Center. On our way to South Dakota we stopped again. This time the Center was open, but closed in an hour.... More 

Thank MALaehn
Sully, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

DeSoto NWR has a lot to see and do, with lots of trails and wildlife observation stations. The best time to view wildlife is during the migratory seasons in the spring and the fall. The highlight here is the museum about the Steamboat Bertrand which sank in the Missouri River on what is now an oxbow lake in the NWR.... More 

Thank Jeff P
Hamden, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

Hi Folks, That's right, they have Two Bald Eagle Nest. Ask at the lovely refuge visitors center. There is lots of varied habitat and it is a birding paradise - especially in the Spring. Regards, OldeBear

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Cedar Falls
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2016

If you like seeing the migration of waterfowl or have an interest in sunken steamboats, then the Visitor Center at Desoto Bend is the place to go! The center itself is set up so that you can view the different parts of Desoto Bend. There are lots of displays of wildlife, and plants, a theater to view movies about Desoto,... More 

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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.

1 Thank Charlotte M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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!

Thank Terri P
Cedar Rapids
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
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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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.

Thank JEP54

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