Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


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  • Catapillar on Milkweed

    Mmmm, Milkweed!

    Keep an eye out for emerging milkweed. This is the only plant monarch caterpillars will eat, so consider this while planning your garden!

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  • FWS Journal

    DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge News

    See the latest activities, events and conservation work at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge.

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News

Current Conditons in Response to Coronavirus COVID-19 Outbreak

The DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center has changed its operations as of 3/18/2020 in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. The Visitor Center is closed until further notice. This closure follows guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health authorities. Updates will be posted to the refuge website and social media channels. All previously scheduled refuge programs and events for March and April (except for Spring Turkey Hunts) have been postponed.

Iowa Junior Duck Stamp Program

Best of Show Iowa Junior Duck Stamp

The Junior Duck Stamp Program uses art and science to teach students in grades K-12 the value of wetlands and the waterfowl that use them. Judging of Iowa entries will be held in March with an award ceremony for all 100 winners in April. Iowa entries must be postmarked by March 15. View the 2020 winning artwork by following the link below.

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America the Beautiful Passes

Interagency Senior Pass

Senior Lifetime, Senior Annual, Interagency Annual, Military, Disabled Access Passes, and Every Kid in a Park (4th Grade) passes, along with the Federal Duck Stamp and Refuge Specific Passes, are available at the DeSoto Visitor Center.

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Steamboat Bertrand Museum

Steamboat Bertrand Museum

Bertrand Steamboat Museum

The DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge visitor center features the Steamboat Bertrand Museum. This museum houses over 250,000 artifacts excavated from the buried wreck of the Steamboat Bertrand

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

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