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Desoto National Wildlife Refuge

#1 of 8 things to do in Missouri Valley Features Animals
1434 316th Ln, Missouri Valley, IA 51555-7033
+1 712-642-4121
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Spend a Little Time in the Past and Present

I wish we'd had more time in our day to really explore this lovely spot. We went specifically to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
DeSoto, Texas
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An Absolute Must See Attraction

Mid-late 19th Century history fans will love the Bertrand exhibit, a river boat that hit a snag and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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1434 316th Ln, Missouri Valley, IA 51555-7033
+1 712-642-4121
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I wish we'd had more time in our day to really explore this lovely spot. We went specifically to see the Bertrand exhibit of artifacts unearthed from the sunken Bertrand steam boat that went down on April 1, 1865. It was like walking through a...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Mid-late 19th Century history fans will love the Bertrand exhibit, a river boat that hit a snag and sunk on the spot, was quickly covered in mud that preserved the contents for 75 years. The display is more than "authentic", everything is genuine. Fascinating. Stop...More

Thank chuckpisgah
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

For $4 a vehicle, you can watch the bird migration in the comfort of heated (or air conditioned) facilities. There is a preserved paddle wheel boat that sank on the Missouri River before it was dammed and channelized. It's a GREAT slice of history that...More

Thank Melanie T
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Great place to stop and relax, view the wildlife-we saw 12 turtles sunning themselves on logs and rocks, a contingent of White Pelican migrating and swimming in the lake. The museum for the Bertrand Paddle Wheeler that struck a snag and sunk is outstanding! A...More

Thank leland599
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

If I lived closer, I would be a regular visitor to DeSoto NRW. The visitor center has many interesting exhibits and an awesome indoor viewing center. The trail system is great, and nature is Always lovely. Day pass is only $3.00.

Thank KSTravers
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...More

Thank Louetta S
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...More

Thank Tim D
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
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...More

Thank Kelly s
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...More

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I am interested in a bus tour of senior citizens from the Senior College of Greater Des Moines in either spring or fall of 2017. Which season is better? What month? Is there a tour guide available for a bus of tourists? What is the cost? What is there to see? What amount of time is involved? We are now planning courses for next year so am interested in getting information now so we can decide. Our group is also always interested in a good lunch spot. What are the best lunch spots in the area? Hope to get information from you soon since we will be having another committee meeting in a few days. Thanks!
1 September 2016|
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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