A Trio of Refuges...

South Texas Refuge Complex:

Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge is a part of the South Texas Refuge Complex with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. There are two other national wildlife refuges in this complex: Santa Ana and the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1943 in Alamo, Texas to support migratory birds. Even though it is a small national wildlife refuge at about 2,000 acres it has an incredible amount of diversity with: 400 bird and 450 plant species. It also has 14 miles of trails and an open-air tram. Information provided by the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge website, learn more at: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Santa_Ana/

The Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1979 and is made up of several different parts across south Texas with 90,000 acres in total. It is used as a wildlife corridor with Santa Ana and Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuges. It also includes La Sal Del Rey and the scene of the battle at Palmito Ranch. Information provided by Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge website, learn more at: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Lower_Rio_Grande_Valley/

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  • Refuge open daily, sunrise to sunset. Entry fees are currently $3.00 per vehicle.

  • 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.

©2020 by Friends of Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge.

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