Plan Your Visit

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Welcome to Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge!


Find Your Way:

From Harlingen, McAllen, Mission, Edinburg, and points west and north – Take Highway 77 north (Corpus Christi/ Raymondville), take the exit for FM 106 (Rio Hondo) for 24 miles, turn left on Buena Vista Blvd, the Visitor's Center is located 3 miles north on the left.  

From South Padre Island - take Highway 100 out of Port Isabel and exit right on FM 510 at Laguna Vista. Continue 7 miles to FM 106 and head north for approximately 4.5 miles until Buena Vista Blvd, on the right, the Visitor's Center is located about 3 miles up Buena Vista Blvd on the left.

From Brownsville - go north on Paredes Line Road (FM 1847) through Los Fresnos . Turn right on FM106 for about 2 miles. Turn left on Buena Vista Blvd. and it's about 3 miles to the Refuge Visitor Center, it will be on your left.

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.

Refuge and trails, open daily from sunrise to sunset. Please use the self-service station located at the visitor center entrance when staff is not available.
Entrance fee: $3 per vehicle, interagency passes accepted.

Visitor Center (8:00 am – 4:00 pm) open daily from October – March.

Visitor Center (8:00 am – 4:00 pm) open Thursday – Monday from April – September.

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

Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, and Ocelot Conservation Day (annually in March).

 

Help Us Protect the Refuge 
You can keep this Refuge special for wildlife and people by following all Refuge rules:

  • Be watchful for wildlife on roads – especially the endangered ocelot.
  • Please stay in the designated public areas (ie. drives and trails) for your own safety and to protect the habitat.
  • Keep dogs on a leash, and do not allow them to drink or enter water bodies due to the presence of alligators.
  • Pack out your trash.
  • Do not disturb or remove wildlife, plants or historic objects. Disturbance is caused by getting too close to wildlife, playing recorded bird/wildlife calls, feeding wildlife, or throwing objects at wildlife.  Metal detectors are not allowed.
  • No fireworks, fires, or alcohol.
  • Camping is allowed only at Adolph Thomae Jr. County Park (entrance and camping fees apply for this area, call 956-748-4633 for information). 

For your safety and comfort 

  • Avoid chiggers, ticks and rattlesnakes by staying on trails. 
  • Be prepared with insect repellent, water and sunscreen.
  • Plan to hike or bike during the cooler hours of the day (March  - November).
  • Use a map to plan your trip when venturing out on trails.
  • Take a cell phone in case of an emergency.
  • Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes with closed toes.
  • If bicycling – see the Bicycling section

Hunt Notice: 

The refuge will be undergoing hunt season from October through January and an exotic species hunt in April, this may result in closure of trails. To find out more about closed areas and hunt dates follow the link below:

Laguna Atascosa Hunting

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