Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge is located on the west side of the Missouri River, 3 miles east of the town of Fort Calhoun, Nebraska. Being eight miles north of Omaha, the refuge attracts day-use visitors from throughout the Omaha/Council Bluffs metropolitan area. From Omaha or Blair, take Highway 75 to the southernmost street (Madison Street) within Fort Calhoun city limits. Note sign for Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge. Turn east on Madison Street and proceed to stop sign at "T" intersection. Turn right onto County Road 34 and proceed approximately 3 miles to refuge main gate.
The refuge is self guiding. Follow the auto tour route from the entrance gate to the main parking lot. A Lewis & Clark Expedition bicentennial icon statue and exhibit are located here. Click here for Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge brochure.
Floods in 2011 changed the look and the habitats of the refuge. The north and
south sections of the auto tour loop are open. The Sauger Fishing Pier along
the south section of road is open, but the Catfish Fishing Pier just south of
the Refuge Entrance will remain closed indefinitely. Several parking areas are
open, and the Main Parking Lot provides foot access via a concrete bridge across
Boyer Chute Waterway onto the "Island"; over five miles of walking/hiking is
available on the island portion of the refuge.
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During the spring and fall, Boyer Chute’s wetlands become a temporary home for a variety of waterfowl and shorebirds. Look for migrating birds from September-December and March-April. A variety of birds depend on the aquatic and wetland habitats at Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge. Such species include mallards, blue and green winged teal, northern pintail, American wigeon, wood ducks, Canada geese and pelicans.