Laguna Atascosa NWR

home to

an incredibly diverse habitat with over


417 birds

130 butterflies

45 mammals

44 reptiles

450 plants

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

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A Place Like No Other

Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge:

A Place Like No Other

We are proud to announce a new book by J. David Book that chronicles the first 75 years of Laguna Atascosa. David spent  almost 3 years researching, pouring through thousands of documents and and photographs and interviewing many current and former staff, members of our community and volunteers. The result is a compilation of sometimes surprising facts, anecdotes, humor, and a lot of photographs that provide an entertaining history of Laguna Atascosa. David is a volunteer, an educator, an historian, and a member of Friends of LANWR.

The book is now available for purchase. Orders may be placed by clicking the Buy Now button to get your copy!

$30 plus applicable tax & shipping.

Add the DVD, Laguna Atascosa: A South Texas Treasure for only $5 more!


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

  • Steve Thompson Wildlife Drive (formerly, Bayside Drive), is now open to hiking and biking only.

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

  • Please do not drive or park on the dedicated bicycle lane.

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

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


Federal Mask Mandate on Public Lands

Join Us in a Year Long Celebration

Laguna Atascosa turns 75

We are showcasing the amazing variety of animal and plant life found at Laguna Atascosa as part of the celebration. Please check often for new videos by Richard Moore throughout the year. Did you miss a video? No problem! Just click on this button to see the entire series.

Many of us find alligators equally fascinating and frightening. Richard Moore provides some insights into their world in this video.