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Desoto National Wildlife Refuge, Missouri Valley

(4.7/5 based on 60+ reviews on the web)
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • 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 »
  • 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 P...  more »
  • 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 lo...  more »
Google
  • A wonderful place to walk the trails, look at the steamboat exhibit, birds, and if you are lucky you may see bald eagles.
  • Pretty nice little wildlife refuge to hang out at with the kids. They do allow fishing here but most of the bank fishers are going to struggle a little without a boat as most of the fish have moved to deeper waters.
  • Kids loved watching the turtles off the viewing platform. Nice riverboat museum with some interactive displays for the kids.
  • Wonderful and peaceful place to enjoy a walk and look different birds
  • I have been to DeSoto numerous times all throughout the year. In the Spring and Summer DeSoto is excellent for wandering and hiking trails. In Winter and early Spring however, the most exciting activity is watching all of the eagles as they migrate down the river. It is such an incredible experience to see so many eagles! If you like nature or history, this wildlife refuge is the perfect stop.