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Desoto National Wildlife Refuge, Missouri Valley

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4.8/5 based on 50+ reviews on the web
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  • Stumbled onto this gem. Awesome opportunities to observe wildlife. Kayaking and biking with nature. Enjoyed the Nature Center and exhibit on the Bertram. 
  • 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 vi...  read more »
  • 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 ...  read more »
  • It's very run down and doesn't look like anything's been done since the big flood years back. Dead trees, unmowed, no grills, water full of turtles and gar. State park adjacent to this, Wilson's Island, is much nicer.
  • So 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!!
  • 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.
  • Slim bits of wildlife throughout most of the year but peak times are beautiful. There are a few bald eagles flying about. If you want to be attacked by insects during a picnic, this is the place for you.
  • Love going here!! Watching the bird migrations is the number 1 thing to do in my opinion. However there is a lot more than that to do here!!
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