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Desoto National Wildlife Refuge, Missouri Valley

#4 of 8 in Wildlife in Iowa
Wildlife Area Nature / Park
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  • 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 A...  more »
  • 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 i...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • DeSoto is a federal park just outside of town that borders the Missouri river. The park personnel keep the grounds very well maintained and the folks in the office are always helpful. I haven't fished there in several years, but I had pretty good luck last time. There is a daily fee of or you can get an annual pass that is good for all federal parks. I believe there is also a discount for military/retired military for the annual pass.
  • Incredible museum my kids 8, we're interested the whole time. We camped nearby at Wilson Recreation area, nice campground too.
  • Peaceful place to go paddle boarding or just walk your dog around the forest.
  • Awesome place to take the family and enjoy some outdoor time
  • Inexpensive place to take the family for a day of learning and fun.

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