Facility Activities

Laguna Atascosa is the best place to come and unplug. Take advantage of one of our many outdoor recreational activities from wildlife observation and birding to hunting large invasive species invasive species
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Biking is a good way to see wildlife, learn about habitats and photograph nature. Yield to pedestrians; many refuge routes are multi-use trails. Biking may be permitted at sites where it is consistent with a refuge’s statutory purpose. E-bikes are permitted on any refuge roads and trails where traditional bicycle use is allowed, if it is consistent with a refuge’s statutory purpose and the refuge manager determines it to be a compatible use.
From bald eagles to spoonbills, from condors to puffins, birds abound on national wildlife refuges. Refuges provide places for birds to nest, rest, feed and breed making them world-renown for their birding opportunities.

Available at Adolph Thomae, Jr. County Park (county use fees apply).

Available at Adolph Thomae, Jr. County Park (county use fees apply).

Available at Adolph Thomae, Jr. County Park (county use fees apply).

Many sites do not allow dogs because they can disturb wildlife. Refuges that do allow dogs generally require that they be leashed. Some sites allow hunters and sledders to bring dogs.

Although the refuge does not have ownership of surface waters, the Arroyo Colorado and Laguna Madre are accessible at Adolph Thomae Jr. County Park. Bank and pier fishing, public boat ramps, crabbing and camping are available within the park. Fishing season is year-round. Saltwater species...

Take your pick of 2,100 miles of refreshing trails and boardwalks. Whether you want a short, easy walk or a challenging hike, you’re likely to find what you want. Some trails are paved and universally accessible. Some trails include displays on visual arts, local history and culture or environmental education.

Located near the southern extent of Texas, in one of the most biologically diverse regions in North America, Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge offers quality public hunting opportunities for a variety of species. The refuge hosts archery and firearm hunts for white-tailed deer, nilgai...

Whether you wield a smartphone or a zoom lens, you’ll find photo-worthy subjects at national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries. Wildlife photography is a priority public use on national wildlife refuges, so you’ll find wildlife drives and blinds and overlooks to help you get the images you’re after.
A few sites allow picnicking at designated areas.
Rangers lead wildlife walks, tours and educational programs at many sites. Events may focus on wildflowers or birds or on seasonal spectacles, such as elk bugling or sea turtle nesting. Some programs may be limited in size or require advance registration. See individual websites for details.
Many multi-purpose trails are open to runners and joggers as well as walkers and, in some cases, bicyclists. Some sites host annual fun runs. Check individual refuge websites for details.

Available at Adolph Thomae, Jr. County Park (county use fees apply).

Many refuges champion wildlife viewing as a key recreational activity.