Bahia Grande Fund


The Bahia Grande Fund was founded in 2020 by the Friends of Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge with the goal to raise money for an overlook at the Bahia Grande Unit of Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge. This overlook will cost about $15,000 and will be similar to other overlooks currently on the refuge like Redhead Ridge and Plover Point.



The Bahia Grande Unit of Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge is 21,700 acres located between Laguna Vista and Brownsville off of highway 48. About half the unit is a wetland and is named after the 6,500 acre Bahia Grande basin.



The Bahia Grande Restoration Partnership was developed with more than 65 organizations to restore the degraded wetland. This partnership was recognized with the Presidential Wetlands Report in 2007 with the National Wetlands Conservation Award and Coastal America Partnership Awards. Overall, the Bahia Grande Restoration Project is one of the largest successful wetland restoration projects in the United States. The refuge is currently working on increasing public access to this unit with the goal to fully open it soon.


More information can be found on the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge’s website:

Image: Plover Point/USFWS

Beer with a Biologist Series

Click here to view the You Tube recording of the 2nd session of our Beer with a Biologist series. Dr. Chris Gabler presented on "Beyond sea-level rise, impacts of climate change on coastal wetlands in the RGV." If you have questions for Dr. Gabler, please email him at 

Click here to view the YouTube recording of the 3rd session of the Beer with a Biologist series. Roy Ulibarri fish biologist with USFWS presented.



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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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