These special regulations help protect resources and visitors at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge. They are your responsibility. For the complete list of regulations, see our regulations brochure.Wildlife observation from vehicles encouraged. Vehicles are allowed on public roads and designated parking areas only. The refuge is open from one half hour before sunrise until one half hour after sunset daily. An entrance fee is required. Anglers are welcome on DeSoto Lake. State and federal regulations apply. An Iowa or Nebraska license is required. Trespassing into closed areas is prohibited. Drones prohibited- launching, landing, or disturbing wildlife by aircraft (drones) on the Refuge is prohibited.
Consult the regulations brochure for more details. For more information on hunting rules and regulations, click here to view our hunting page.
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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.