Desoto National Wildlife Refuge – Missouri Valley, Iowa
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