DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge
DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge’s primary purpose is to serve as a stop-over for migrating ducks and geese. Most years, large amounts of waterfowl and other migratory birds use the refuge as a resting and feeding area during their fall and spring migrations between the northern nesting grounds and the southern wintering areas.
Peak populations of 50,000 or more ducks, mostly mallards, are common on the refuge during the fall migration.
Late October through early December are the months of peak waterfowl use, with smaller concentrations of ducks and geese returning in March and early April
1434 316th Lane
Missouri Valley, IA 51555
25 miles north of Omaha, NE. From Omaha take Interstate 29 north to U.S. Highway 30, Exit 75 at Missouri Valley, continue west on US Hwy 30 for 5 miles to the refuge entrance. Or take US Hwy 75 North to Hwy 30, going east 5 miles to the refuge entrance on DeSoto Avenue.
$3.00 per vehicle
Refuge Open 1/2 hour before sunrise and closes 1/2 hour after sunset
Visitor Center 9:00AM-4:30PM daily
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
The migration season is October 15-April 14, limiting access to ceretain areas on the Refuge.
Things To Do at DeSoto
- Hike the Trails
- Take Bicycling or Driving Tour
- Fish (April 15th-October 14th)
- Bird Watch (Bring Binoculars)
- Ice Fishing (January 2-end of February, annually, conditions permitting)
- Gather Mushrooms
- Hunting (Check website for details)
- Observe Wildlife (Shhh! Silence attracts more wildlife)
- Visit the Bertrand Discovery Site
- Watch Video and See Museum Displays in Visitor Center, including thousands of cargo items excavated from the Bertrand Steamboat, which sunk in 1865 and was discovered a century later.
- Open Fires
Bring on Your Visit to DeSoto
- Insect Repellant
- Cash for gift shop
- Picnic lunch/food
- Walking Stick
- Closed Toe Walking Shoes
Visited late April 2018 after Spring migration. Trails extremely well maintained. Very cool breeze. Few visitors at sunrise. Museum well worth visiting. Educational. Architecture of building alone worth the visit. Indoor restrooms available. Make time to view the short film . Gift shop.
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