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 DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge

NE Icon DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge
1434 316th Lane
Missouri Valley, Iowa 51555
Phone: 712-642-4121
An autumn scene along DeSoto Lake.

DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge lies on the wide plain formed by prehistoric flooding and shifting of the Missouri River. Each spring and fall since the end of the last ice age, spectacular flights of ducks and geese have marked the changing seasons along this traditional waterfowl flyway.

Natural and cultural interpretive exhibits; auditorium; rest rooms; drinking water; 12 miles of paved and gravel roads.


  • From I-29, exit onto Highway 30 heading west five miles to the refuge entrance.
  • From Missouri Valley, Iowa, follow Highway 30 west for five miles to the refuge entrance.
  • From Blair, Nebraska, take Highway 30 east for four miles to the refuge entrance.


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Trails Hiked

Check our personal notes for detailed descriptions of these trails:

Regulations and Precautions

  • Auto touring, biking, and wildlife observation are encouraged.
  • Vehicles, including bicycles, are allowed on public roads and designated parking areas only.
  • Trash disposal, except in appropriate receptacles, is prohibited.
  • Fires must be confined to grills, which are provided at picnic sites. Open fires are prohibited.
  • Firearms, fireworks, air guns, and all other weapons are prohibited, except when used in authorized refuge hunting programs.
  • Pets are not permitted on the refuge.
  • Swimming is not allowed on the refuge.
  • Trespassing into closed areas is prohibited.
  • Collecting or destruction of plant and animal life is prohibited.
  • Disorderly conduct or disturbance of the peace is prohibited. No intoxicated person shall enter or remain upon the refuge.

Archaeological Resources Protection Act Hotline: 800-227-7286.

DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge, Nebraska and Iowa.

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