Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


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    Wild Adventures

    Enjoy many fun adventures, including nature hikes, bird & habitat tours, hunting, fishing and much more!

    Fun things to do

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    Urban Partnerships in South TX

    Learn about what we're doing to reach people in our local communities.

    South Texas Refuge Complex

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    Self Portraits

    Trip cameras set up a various locations within the refuge help biologists learn more about the needs of wildlife, including ocelots.

    Photogenic wild cats!

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    Finding Refuge...

    In a region of Texas some call the last great habitat, thorn forest intermingles with wetlands, coastal prairies, mudflats & beaches.

    Wildlife & Habitat


Work with us!

October 6, 2020 Vista Recruiting

The Visitor Services program is now taking applications for the 2020/2021 Community Engagement and Partnerships Intern.

Click here for more info.

Trail Closures and Updates

Click here for information regarding upcoming trail closures during the 2020/2021 Hunt Season and Covid-19 updates.

Visitor Activity Update

Agents of Discovery

Battle Royale

Are you mission ready? Play Agents of Discovery from home or on site, click here for more!

Just For Kids

Caught on camera! First-ever ocelot documented using wildlife crossing.


On January 25, remote cameras at Laguna Atascosa documented the first-ever ocelot using a wildlife crossing.

Cameras document ocelot using wildlife crossing
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Reporting a Dead Ocelot Sighting

We need your help! If you see a dead ocelot (e.g., road-killed), please be sure to immediately report it. Information gathered on these wild cats is extremely important and helps biologists learn more about where they are encountering risks, especially on roadways. This information is used to keep ocelots part of the Texas landscape. So if you see a dead ocelot, please report it.

What To Do

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For the birds

Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge is a designated Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN) site, along with Rancho Rincón de Anacahuitas in Mexico. The two sites make up the first bi-national sites within the WHSRN that, together, host at least 100,000 shorebirds annually. WHSRN’s mission is to conserve shorebirds and their habitats through a network of key sites across the Americas. Protecting birds as they migrate across international borders is a conservation priority that requires coordinated efforts among countries.

Wildlife and Habitat

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS