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DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge
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.
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Wood Duck Wildlife Management Area
Description: Wood Duck WMA contains a series of wetlands in old oxbows along the Elkhorn River. The wetland areas-cattail marshes surrounding open water-are mixed with cottonwood floodplain forest and grassy areas planted to native species and food plots. Waterfowl move into the area as the weather warms up, usually late March and April.

Wildlife to Watch: Wood Duck WMA is increasingly used as a migration season; pelicans and cormorants can be seen. There is also a chance to view beavers, muskrats, deer, pheasants, and quail.

Look for beavers and muskrats in the wetland areas. Woodland birds can be seen throughout the year, and may include indigo buntings, eastern phoebes, and rose-breasted grosbeaks.

Special Tips: Other wetlands along the county roads leading to Wood Duck WMA offer good roadside viewing opportunities. There are parking lots around the perimeter of the WMA. ORADS TO THE SITE MAY BE FLOODED DURING SPRING OR MUDDY AFTER RAINS. USE CAUTION.

Other Activities: Viewing is good from county roads that overlook the wetlands and on foot via service roads within the WMA.

Ownership: NGPC 
Size: 629 acres 
Closest Town: Stanton


Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Wood Duck - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
From the junction of U.S. highways 275 and 81 in Norfolk, go south on US 81 for 2 miles, turn east on the county road and go 3 miles; turn south for 1 mile, east for 1 mile, south for 1.5 miles, then east 2.5 miles to the WMA.

For more information call (402) 370-3374.

Wood Duck Wildlife Management Area : Wildlife Viewing Area