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Wildlife Watching Areas

Harris_512x219More than 40,000 acres of the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge are open for wildlife-dependent recreation. 

The following tracts are open for wildlife watching, nature photography, education and interpretation.

They are open from sunrise to sunset, free of charge.

Things to Remember: 

  • These tracts are remote and unstaffed
  • There are no public facilities
  • Be sure to bring water, insect repellent and sun protection
  • Familiarize yourself with the tract before you go out and always carry a map
  • For your own safety, stay on the trails and roads
  • Vehicles are not allowed off the roads
  • Do not block gates and please park in designated parking lots only
Hidalgo County

  • Yturria Brush is an 1,800 acre tract that is west of La Joya, Texas and is off Hwy 83. It represents upland thorn scrub habitat provides excellent wildlife watching and nature photography opportunties. The hiking/walking trails are accessible by foot only. There is a designated parking lot and informational kiosk. Seasonal hunting occurs on this tract.  Click here for a Map

Willacy County 

  • East Lake is a 1,700 acre tract nearly five miles west of Raymondville, Texas off of Hwy. 1761. This tract contains innland hypersaline lakes and provides excellent wildlife watching and nature photography opportunties. The hiking/walking trails are accessible by foot only. There is a designated parking lot and informational kiosk. Seasonal hunting occurs on this tract.  Click here for a Map.
  • Teniente is 5,600 acre tract that is 20 miles north of Weslaco, Texas and 10 miles west of Raymondville, Texas on Hwy 186. This tract contains innland hypersaline lakes and provides excellent wildlife watching and nature photography opportunties. The hiking/walking trails are accessible by foot only. There is a designated parking lot and informational kiosk. Seasonal hunting occurs on this tract.  Click here for a Map.
Starr County

  • Salineño is a half acre tract near the town of Salineño on the Rio Grande. It is about nine miles west of Roma, Texas off of Salineño Road and Hwy 83. This tract represents flood forest habitat and provides excellent wildlife watching and nature photography opportunties. It includes an information kiosk and walking trail. 
  • La Puerta is a 4,000 acre tract that is three miles east of Rio Grande City, Texas on Hwy. 83. It represent semiarid barretal habitat and provides excellent wildlife watching and nature photography opportunties.The hiking/walking trails are accessible by foot only. There is a designated parking lot and informational kiosk.  Click here for a Map
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