Laguna Atascosa
National Wildlife Refuge


415 Birds
45 Mammals
44 Reptiles
130 Butterflies 
450 Plants
Including the: Ocelot, Northern Aplomado Falcon, and the Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle

Virtual Ocelot Conservation Festival

March 5-7, 2021

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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!

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The Nature Store at Laguna Atascosa is online! We have special gift bundles and a few items on sale.



Join Us in a Year Long Celebration!

Laguna Atascosa turns 75!

January Feature: The Red Head Duck

At the Refuge...

November 8th


November 8th


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!

  • 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.

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