DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge


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DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge

Address:1434 316th Ln
Missouri Valley, IA 51555

Phone:712-642-4121
Web: midwest.fws.gov/desoto
Established: 1958.
Location:25 miles north of Omaha.
Facilities:Visitor center, picnic areas, viewing sites, photo blind, boat ramp, auto tour route (12 miles), trails, historic features.
Activities:Boating, canoeing, fishing, ice fishing, hunting, mushroom picking, educational programs.
Special Features:Refuge lies in the fertile plain of the Missouri River Valley and includes 875-acre DeSoto Lake. Between 300,000 to 800,000 snow geese stop here during their annual fall migration.
Habitats: 8,362 acres of forest, grassland, cropland and wetlands.
Access: Daily from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset.
Wild life: Snow geese, wood ducks, mallards, pheasants, eagles, songbirds, and white-tailed deer.

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Other riverboats failed to complete their journeys as well, but the Bertrand was resurrected in 1968, when Sam Corbino and Jesse Pursell located and salvaged its remains on DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge.
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Scott Hyngstrom, then at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, trapped and radio-collared over 60 deer in and around the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge north of Omaha, Nebraska.
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