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Desoto National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 1434 316th Ln, Missouri Valley, IA 51555-7033
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+1 712-642-4121

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Amazing Place to Appreciate Nature

My wife and I have been taking our children and now our grandchildren to the Desoto National Wildlife Refuge since the visitors' center opened. We have seen eagles, hundreds of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 November 2016
Tim D
Omaha, Nebraska
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

A lovely afternoon enjoying the sights of Desoto Wildlife Refuge. We were hoping to see eagles, but there were none visible this trip. However, in viewing area overlooking the water had an abundance of ducks and some swans. We even saw a possum at a feeder! Also,included is the Bertrand museum. A steam ship going to the gold fields of... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

My wife and I have been taking our children and now our grandchildren to the Desoto National Wildlife Refuge since the visitors' center opened. We have seen eagles, hundreds of thousand snow geese as they migrated south for the winter, deer, coyotes, ducks, and lots of birds on our visits. The visitors' center is a year 'round treasure, for it... More 

Thank Tim D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

Nice for weekend in my way of long trip. Nice environment for mind relaxing by interacting with different varieties of birds.

Thank john s
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

So beautiful.......you pay 3$ per vehicle to get in and can explore by driving or hiking around. When I went there were fish literally jumping out of the water all around. Also!!! Don't wash your car right before you go. There is white gravel roads and the dust gets everywhere!!

Thank Kelly s
Kandel, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

At three dollars a person for the entry fee, it was a great bargain to drive, hike, and tour the substantial grounds and view the wildlife -- deer, ducks, cranes, turtles, sharks (no sharks, just kidding), and birds. The visitor center was way better than typical for a park of this kind. Very interesting and informative. A very pleasant stop... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

Stumbled onto this gem. Awesome opportunities to observe wildlife. Kayaking and biking with nature. Enjoyed the Nature Center and exhibit on the Bertram.

Thank Ron O
Worthington, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

This "must-see" refuge is an outstanding resource that attracts wildlife lovers and history buffs. The visitor center is a very impressive facility with amazing and informative exhibits, as well as viewing areas to observe the birds and other wildlife. The displays of artifacts from the sunken sternwheeler Bertrand are incredible. The indoor viewing area features large windows and spacious tiered... More 

Thank Randy S
Tokyo, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

Although this is a wildlife refuge, we managed to visit in a season when the wildlife was anything but abundant. We saw more turtles and songbirds than anything else. But apparently, during migration seasons, other birds flock in. And even without much wildlife, this place is well worth a visit. For us, the principal attraction was the small museum dedicated... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Beautiful place. The Nature Center is wonderful with the Steamboat Bertrand exhibit and view on the Missouri River. No major migration taking place while we were there.

Thank Lynn G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Loved the experience it's our go to place with the kiddos to enjoy the outdoors!!! No matter what season it's such a beatific place to visit!

Thank Mandy F

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