Catch bluegill, buffalo, carp, channel catfish, crappie, largemouth bass and walleye. The lake is open from early January through late February for ice fishing and from mid-April through late September for open-water fishing. The refuge offers hunting for deer only. Peak viewing of the snow geese migration is in mid-November. It is also a good time to see the bald eagles that winter at the refuge. Birdwatchers have identified more than 240 species of birds here; outdoor viewing platforms by the lake will get you closer to the action. DeSoto is open during daylight hours. The Visitor Center is open daily, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., closed major holidays. Portions of the refuge are closed to public use October 14-April 15.
Blair, NE | (712) 642-4121