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BBWD_512x219Welcome to Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge!

Refuge Headquarters/Visitor Center:


Here, refuge staff and volunteers are available to provide you with maps, brochures and checklists and let you know what's happening on the refuge. This is also where the business of the refuge is conducted.

The refuge is open for public visitation seven days a week during daylight hours (sunrise to sunset).

Visitor Center open days vary seasonally.  Hours are from 8am to 4pm.  It is closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. In 2014 we will also be closed December 26.


April - November the visitor center is open Thursday - Monday (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays).

December the visitor center is open Thursday -Tuesday (closed Wednesdays). 

January - March the visitor center is open 7 days a week.


Restroom facilities are available to the public seven days a week.


On closed days, or after visitor center hours, there is a self-pay kiosk with maps and information outside the visitor center entrance doors.


Explore the Refuge:
Seven days a week during daylight hours, you can enjoy Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge's many trails and auto-tour route. Enjoy wildlife-related activities, including wildlife watching, hiking, and wildlife photography.

Special Events and Activities:
The refuge offers many exciting special events and activities! Check the Events Calendar for fun things to do.

-From Harlingen, go east on Farm to Market Road 106, 18 miles past Rio Hondo. Take a left at the T and drive three miles to the visitor center. 
-From South Padre Island, take Highway 100 out of Port Isabel and exit right on Farm Road 510 at Laguna Vista. Continue 5.4 miles to the Cameron County Airport road. Take a right and continue approximately 7 miles to the visitor center. 
-From Brownsville, go north on Paredes Line Road (1847) through Los Fresnos to Highway 106. Take a right and go approximately 10 miles to the T. Take a left and drive 3 miles to the visitor center. 

Using a GPS: 
The lat/long for the visitor center is 26.229081, -97.347231. The physical address of the Visitor Center is 22688 Buena Vista Blvd., Los Fresnos, TX 78566.

Helpful Links: 
Harlingen Chamber of Commerce 
Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce 
South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce  

Page Photo Credits — Black-bellied whistling ducks / Steve Sinclair ©
Last Updated: Dec 20, 2014
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