Rules and Regulations


There are a lot of fun, interesting, and educational things you can do on the refuge. Keep in mind, if an activity is not wildlife related and doesn't help in the protection or understanding of wildlife or their habitat, there are probably refuge rules governing this activity. Please check with the refuge before participating in an activity that could harm the environment or yourself. There are plenty of activities at Laguna Atascosa National Refuge for you to enjoy. Be safe and have fun!

  • Always stay on designated trails and roads. Chiggers, ticks, and rattlesnakes are likely to be found if you stray off the trails into tall grass or brush. 
  • Prepare for hot days. Hike or bike during cooler hours, bring plenty of water, wear a hat, and use sunscreen. 
  • Don’t get lost – always carry refuge maps, available on this website and at the visitor center.
  • Alligators can be dangerous. Stay back, do not approach them, do not feed them, and keep a close eye on small children and pets. 
  • Motor vehicles are allowed on tour roads only. 
  • Driving, biking, or hiking off-road or off-trail is prohibited. 
  • Pets are permitted on leash. 
  • Camping is permitted at Adolph Thomae Jr. County Park only. 
  • No overnight parking is allowed at any other Refuge location. 
  • Do not disturb wildlife, vegetation, or historic objects. 
  • Fireworks and campfires are not permitted. 
  • Alcohol is not permitted. 
  • Observe speed limits of 25 mph or as posted. 
  • Persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on National Wildlife Refuges must comply with all provisions of state and local law. Persons may only use (discharge) firearms in accordance with refuge regulations.