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: To access the main unit of Boyer Chute, you must follow detour. A section of County Road 34 between Fort Calhoun and the main entrance remains closed due to road damage.  To access the main unit from Fort Calhoun, you will need to detour around the closure by following Hwy 75 south for Fort Calhoun for ~3 miles.  Turn Left of P38 and stay on road for ~1.2 miles.  Turn left on P49 and stay on road for ~1.5 miles.  At stop sign, turn left on CR 51 and stay on road for ~1.5 miles until get to T-intersection.  Turn Right on CR 34 and main entrance will be on left in ~1.4 miles. 

If coming from the Omaha area, you can take John J. Pershing Drive north from Omaha.  John Pershing Drive turns into N. River Drive.  Then N. River Drive turns into CR 51. For questions or more information, contact a refuge ranger at 712-388-4803..

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.