DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge is located in the migratory bird corridor of the Missouri River floodplain and provides essential habitat for resident, migratory and endangered species. High quality floodplain forest, grassland, wetland, sandbar and riverine habitats support diverse and productive populations of migratory waterfowl, shorebirds and neotropical birds, as well as rare, threatened and endangered species including the pallid sturgeon, piping plover and least tern. The refuge is a destination for people who want to explore the habitats and wildlife of this part of the Missouri River and get a glimpse of what pre-settlement Iowa and Nebraska may have looked like.

Easy, well maintained but short. Perfect for small children and cross-country ski. Great nature center!

Easy trails for hiking and biking. Interesting wildlife and well maintained nature center. great for all ages. Don't miss the Eagles and Pelicans.

Enjoyed that almost 2 mile combination of the grassland and cottonwood trails! Family friendly and a must for any bird enthusiast. Easy and relaxing hike :)