ROAD CONSTRUCTION NOTICE
(updated 10/31/2015) FM106 and General Brant Road, which lead to the refuge from Rio Hondo, are preparing for major reconstruction. Visitors are advised to take FM510 to Buena Vista Rd - follow the large brown signs directing you to Laguna Atascosa. This will likely add more time to your trip.
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.
October - April, the visitor center is open 7 days a week.
May - September the visitor center is open Thursday - Monday (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays).
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.See our Visitor Activities page for more information on our tours and what you can do at the refuge.
To enter the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, visitors can pay entrance fees by cash or check at the Visitor Center, or with exact change or check at the self-pay station when the visitor center is closed. Entrance fees are applicable whether visitors are walking, driving or bicycling on the Refuge. All vehicles must display a valid Daily Entrance Pass – either issued by the Visitor Center staff or from the self-pay envelope.
Help Us Protect the Refuge
You can keep this Refuge special for wildlife and people by following all Refuge rules:
For your safety and comfort
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
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