Federal wildlife refuges that straddle the Missouri River north of Omaha in Iowa and Nebraska have been scheduled to reopen to the public next month.
DeSoto and Boyer Chute national wildlife refuges will reopen on Jan. 2.
Much of the flood damage at DeSoto has been repaired, but the visitor center will remain closed for more work.
Some hiking trails will not be available.
DeSoto will be closed for the Jan. 11-Jan. 18 deer hunt, and people will need to use the U.S. Highway 30 entrance to reach the refuge.
Visitors to Boyer Chute will have to park at the main entrance gate and enter the refuge on foot. Silt deposited by the floodwaters will prevent driving access to Boyer Chute indefinitely.
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