DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge is located 25 miles north of Omaha, Nebraska on U.S. Highway 30, between Missouri Valley, Iowa and Blair, Nebraska.  The visitor center is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, except federal holidays.  For more information contact 712/642-4121 or look us up on the web at  or email the refuge at

An entrance permit is required for all vehicles. The daily entrance fee for private vehicles is $3.00.  Permits may be obtained at the pay stations near the entrances or at the Visitor Center.  The charge for commercial vans and buses is $20, or $30 if 21 or more people are aboard.  Annual permits, including the $15 DeSoto Refuge Pass, can be obtained at the visitor center.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 545 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resources offices and 81 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign and Native American tribal governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Assistance program, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.
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