DeSoto National Wildlife
Refuge will temporarily close a portion of the refuge roads to public use
during the fall and spring waterfowl migration season. This includes the south entrance gate, as
well as the south and east side of the loop road. The
road closure is in effect each year from October 15-April 14.
The purpose of the road closure is to reduce potential disturbance to waterfowl
that use DeSoto Lake and refuge wetlands as a stopover area during the fall and
spring migrations. If ice conditions
permit, DeSoto Lake will be open to ice fishing on January 2 through the end of
February and all public use roads will be reopened. If you have questions, please call the DeSoto
National Wildlife Refuge at (712) 388-4800
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During the spring and fall, DeSoto’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 DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge. Such species include mallards, blue and green winged teal, northern pintail, American wigeon, wood ducks, Canada geese and pelicans.