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Desoto National Wildlife Refuge, Missouri Valley
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  • 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 ...  more »
  • Nice for weekend in my way of long trip. Nice environment for mind relaxing by interacting with different varieties of birds. 
  • 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 ...  more »
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  • 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!!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kids loved watching the turtles off the viewing platform. Nice riverboat museum with some interactive displays for the kids.