• DeSoto Road Flooded

    Refuge Closed Due to Flooding

    Due to high Missouri River waters, the refuge is closed for public safety. The refuge will reopen when conditions improve.

  • FWS Journal

    DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge News

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

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  • Facebook

    Follow DeSoto on Facebook

    Keep up to date with the latest wildlife sighting, news and events through our Facebook page.

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  • Boyer Chute

    Visit Boyer Chute NWR

    The beautiful Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge is located near Fort Calhoun, NE.

    Click here to learn more about Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge

  • Bowfishing on DeSoto

    Summer Use Season Opens April 15

    The refuge begins its public use season for fishing, boating, spring archery turkey hunting and mushroom hunting on Monday, April 15, 2019.

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Refuge Closed Due to Flooding

VC Entrance Flooded

Both DeSoto and Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuges are closed due to high Missouri River water levels. The refuges are closed for public safety. All previously scheduled programs and activities are cancelled or postponed until further notice. The refuges will reopen when conditions improve and flood damage is repaired.

Refuge Activities

Wetland Discovery

The refuge visitor center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To learn about upcoming events and activities on the refuge click on the link below.

Event Calendar March through May

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


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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