Laguna Cartagena National Wildlife Refuge
Southeast Region
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Refuge Facts

  • Established: 1989.
  • Acres: 1,059.
  • Location: easiest access is at the pedestrian gates in Maguayo, PR on Route 305, or near Hacienda Desengano on Route 306 south of Route 101.
  • Administered under Caribbean Island NWR office.

Natural History

  • In addition to the lagoon, there are uplands that include grassland, abandoned sugar cane fields, In 1996, a parcel (263 acres) of land in the adjcent Sierra Bermeja was added. These hills, geologically some of the oldest in the Caribbean, protect a native forest with many endemic plant species.

Refuge Objectives

  • To restore and maintain this locally important wetland ecosystem for the benefit of endangered species and migratory birds.

Management Tools

  • Water management.
  • Forest Management.
  • Law enforcement.
  • Invasive plant control.
  • Education/interpretation.
  • Wildlife observation and nature photography.
  • Observation tower.
  • Lagoon pier.
  • Reforestation.


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's mission is, working with others, to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are the only agency of the U.S. Government with that primary mission.

The Service helps protect a healthy environment for people, fish and wildlife, and helps Americans conserve and enjoy the outdoors and our living treasures. The Service's major responsibilities are for migratory birds, endangered species, certain marine mammals, and freshwater and anadromous fish.



Laguna Cartagena Fact Sheet

Laguna Cartagena National Wildlife Refuge Fact Sheet

Last updated: September 15, 2014
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