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Desoto National Wildlife Refuge

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1434 316th Ln, Missouri Valley, IA 51555-7033
+1 712-642-4121
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gem of a visitor center

Perfect stop not out of the way heading toward AR on the Interstate. Follow your GPS and it will... read more

Reviewed 20 November 2017
Hot Springs Village, Arkansas

My friends and all of us rented a cabin on the West Shore of the lake was not a bad price per night... read more

Reviewed 1 November 2017
Brandon M
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1434 316th Ln, Missouri Valley, IA 51555-7033
1434 316th Ln, Missouri Valley, IA 51555-7033
+1 712-642-4121
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Reviewed 20 November 2017

Perfect stop not out of the way heading toward AR on the Interstate. Follow your GPS and it will get you to this gem. The visitor's center is large. Exhibits are plentiful. A wonderful film is free to watch. The gift shop is okay. Since...More

Thank AdventurousJanis
Reviewed 1 November 2017 via mobile

My friends and all of us rented a cabin on the West Shore of the lake was not a bad price per night sleeps a lot of people basically like staining your house really nice had a great time it's called Kings cabin

Thank Brandon M
Reviewed 14 September 2017

The Bertrand exhibit is truly something to visit. Truly remarkable the items that were headed to the mining firlds in Montana! a Great day trip destination.

Thank rpaulsen2017
Reviewed 17 August 2017

My wife and I traveled here this past May and were delighted by what we found. This NWR is located in western Iowa near the town of Missouri Valley, IA. It was established to provide essential habitat for resident, migratory, and endangered species. We very...More

Thank BluegooseTraveler
Reviewed 29 May 2017 via mobile

I wish we'd had more time in our day to really explore this lovely spot. We went specifically to see the Bertrand exhibit of artifacts unearthed from the sunken Bertrand steam boat that went down on April 1, 1865. It was like walking through a...More

Thank AugustBDayTripster
Reviewed 22 May 2017

Mid-late 19th Century history fans will love the Bertrand exhibit, a river boat that hit a snag and sunk on the spot, was quickly covered in mud that preserved the contents for 75 years. The display is more than "authentic", everything is genuine. Fascinating. Stop...More

Thank chuckpisgah
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

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 and channelized. It's a GREAT slice of history that...More

Thank Melanie T
Reviewed 10 April 2017

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 Paddle Wheeler that struck a snag and sunk is outstanding! A...More

Thank leland599
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

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 lovely. Day pass is only $3.00.

Thank KSTravers
Reviewed 12 February 2017

A lovely afternoon enjoying the sights of Desoto Wildlife Refuge. We were hoping to see eagles, but there were none visible this trip. However, in viewing area overlooking the water had an abundance of ducks and some swans. We even saw a possum at a...More

Thank Louetta S
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1 September 2016|
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Response from OldeBear | Reviewed this property |
Hi Folks, We (My wife and I - also seniors) have found that various seasons have various attractions: This is on the Missouri River which is a major migration route. If you want to see lots of migrators - Sand Hill Cranes... More