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Indian Cave State Park
Indian Cave State Park is an extension of the eastern deciduous forest more typical of places south and east of Nebraska; thus it features habitats and species that are unusual to the state. The landscape is typical of this part of the Missouri River-bluffs formed by wind-blown silt (loess); ste...
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DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge
Description: The refuge is largely characterized by DeSoto Lake, once a 7-mile long bend of the Missouri River. Habitats include lake and river shoreline, forested (cottonwood, black willow, box melder) river floodplain, backwaters, wetlands, and grassland planted to native species.

Wildlife to Watch: Managed primarily as a stopover for migrating ducks and geese, the refuge sees spectacular numbers of snow geese (up to 5000,000) and ducks. Bald eagles follow the geese into the area; as many as 100 eagle’s winter until March. Opportunities are also excellent year-round for white-tailed deer and wild turkeys. Wetlands provide habitat for beavers, muskrats, and minks. Coyotes are often seen, especially during the waterfowl migration, feeding on injured ducks and geese. Bird feeders at the visitor center are popular places to view migrating songbirds.

Special Tips: The peak for snow goose viewing is during fall migration, usually in late November. Other ducks and geese are on the refuge spring (March and April) and fall (October and November). These are also the best times for viewing bald eagles. The visitor center (open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily) and the barrier-free wildlife overlook provide the best opportunities for viewing eagles and waterfowl. White-tailed deer can be viewed year-round, often from roads at dawn and dusk. Parts of the refuge are closed for the benefit of the migrating birds-pick up maps and brochures at the visitor center.

Ownership: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 
Size: 7823 acres 
Closest Town: Blair

RestroomsParkingHikingBoat LaunchHandicap AccessibleFeeSmall Boats

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Snow Geese - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
From Blair, Nebraska, go 7 miles east on U.S. Highway 30 (crossing the Missouri River bridge) to the refuge entrance.

For more information call (712) 642-4121.

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DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge : Wildlife Viewing Area