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


Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge

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

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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 above.


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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 Christopher_Quezada@fws.gov

Join Us

The Friends of Laguna Atascosa NWR is made up of people like you who care about the Refuge and the incredible and unique diversity of plants and wildlife found here.  


We are conservationists, wildlife watchers, volunteers, birders, photographers, students, outdoor enthusiasts, ranchers, educators, nature lovers, anglers, hunters, business people and more.


Established in 1997 as a 501(3)c non-profit organization, our purpose is to protect, support and enhance the Refuge. 


Friends receive funding through memberships, grants, sponsorships, and donations, 100% of which goes toward wildlife conservation.  Please Join Us In Our Wildlife Conservation Efforts!

Become a "Friend

A "Friend" cares about wildlife and Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge.  By becoming a Friend you will receive periodic information about Friends and the Refuge via email.  You'll be the first to know about Refuge and Friends events, volunteer and intern opportunities, ongoing conservation projects, and more.  


There is no cost to become a "Friend". 


Become an Advocate

In addition to the benefits of becoming a Friend, an Advocate demonstrates a commitment to the mission of the Friends organization with a $35.00 annual membership fee.  100% of your membership fee supports wildlife conservation. 


Advocates receive a $10 annual refuge pass for Laguna Atascosa and Santa Ana NWR, are eligible to vote in board elections, and can run for a position on the board of directors.

Make a Donation

Be assured that 100% of your donation will benefit wildlife.  Donations are used for high priority refuge projects such as:


• Habitat Acquisition 

• Habitat Management 

• Ocelot Conservation 

• Aplomado Falcon Conservation - 

• Feed The Birds 


Even if you can't make a monetary donation, you can still donate your time to the Friend's group.  We are always looking for more volunteers to help with our Nature Store in the Refuge's visitor center and at our events.  Laguna Atascosa NWR also takes volunteers for maintenance, visitor services, tours, and other areas as they come up.  

Around The Refuge





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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 tCLOSED 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.

©2019 by Friends of Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge.