Desoto National Wildlife Refuge – Missouri Valley, Iowa

Desoto National Wildlife RefugeDesoto National Wildlife Refuge – Missouri Valley, Iowa



Near Missouri Valley, Iowa, there are nearly 8,000 acres of wetlands, grasslands, woodlands, and croplands along the Missouri River. This flood plain provides a safe stopping place for half a million migrating waterfowl each year, especially snow geese and ducks, and they usually arrive in late November. Bald eagles roost in the cottonwood trees near the edge of DeSoto Lake there in the wintertime. Nearby woodland areas shelter deer, coyotes, raccoons, and myriad of songbirds.

Stop at the Visitor Center. It offers films and bird-viewing areas. Its exhibits highlight the cultural and natural history of this part of the Missouri River Valley. Take time to examine some of the 200,000 artifacts, including groceries and mining supplies, taken from the steamboat Bertrand which sank in this area in 1865. These items have been brought to the surface and preserved in the last few years. Interpretive signs explain the discovery and excavation of the wreck. Viewing galleries overlook.

Admission – None (Visitor Center); $2.00 per private vehicle (refuge)<br><br>Directions – 7 miles west on U. S. Highway 30

Hours – 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., daily (Visitor Center – closed January 1, Easter, Thanksgiving, and December 25); dawn – dusk, daily (refuge)

Credit Cards – None

Phone – (712) 642-2772 

Location: Missouri Valley, Iowa 51555

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