Laguna Atascosa
National Wildlife Refuge
415 Species of Birds
45 Mammals
44 kinds of Reptiles
130 Butterfly species
450 plant species
Including the
Ocelot, Northern Aplomado Falcon, and the Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle


The Nature Store at Laguna Atascosa is now online! Check out our clearance sale on selected t-shirts!


Save Texas Ocelots Plate

Texas residents can enjoy displaying the new Save Texas Ocelots license plate. $22 of the $30 fee goes directly to the Ocelot Program at Laguna Atascosa!

Get it today...just click on the license plate below.


COVID-19 Statement

In keeping with guidance from the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and acting out of an abundance of caution, we are temporarily suspending operations of the Visitor Center at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge.

We are committed to doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the health and safety of our employees, volunteers, and you--our friends and neighbors. Therefore, planned Refuge events and programs may not take place as scheduled. Refuge lands, including nature trails and outdoor recreational activities, remain open and accessible to the public. Please visit refuge information kiosks or brochure boxes for visitor information and refuge maps. We apologize for any inconvenience and will provide updates as they become available.

More information is available by calling 956-244-2019 or emailing

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  • Refuge open daily, sunrise to sunset. Entry fees are currently waived..

  • Steve Thompson Wildlife Drive (formerly, Bayside Drive), the refuge's 14 mile auto tour loop, is CLOSED to private vehicle traffic, bicycles, and pedestrians to protect endangered ocelots.  

  • Buena Vista Road is open. THE SPEED LIMIT IS 25 MPH!

  • Refuge walking and biking trails are open 7 days a week, sunrise to sunset.

  • Visitor Center is closed. Call 956 244-2019 for information.

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