Plan Your Visit

Storm Cloud over Boyer Chute

The refuge grounds are open daily from 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1/2 hour after sunset.


Directions, Address & Contact Info

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.

*Note: Detour due to Road Construction on CR 34.  Due to Road Construction, a section of CR 34 will be closed from June 1 - August 15.  Visitors going to Boyer Chute will have to take CR P38 which is ~3 miles south of Fort Calhoun of Hwy 75.  Turn left on CR P38 and take it to CR P49.  Turn left on CR P49 and take road until come to stop sign.  Turn left from stop sign onto CR 51.  Take CR 51 to T-intersection.  Turn right onto CR 34, which takes you to entrance of Boyer Chute.

Point of Interest

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.  The refuge offers over five miles of hiking trails on the island section of the refuge.  Fishing is a popular activity along the length of the chute.

Click here for Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge brochure.

Know Before You Go

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.

Boyer Chute is managed together with DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge.  DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge is located just upriver and its main office is 5 miles east of Blair, Nebraska.   Click here to see the DeSoto website for more information.