Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you Recreate Responsibly.

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information.
  • Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, people who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


Features

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    La Sal Del Rey

    Views of crystal-covered shores and a hypersaline lake that sits over a four million ton salt dome. Great opportunities to enjoy wildlife.

    The King's Salt...

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    Refuge Gallery

    Biodiversity makes for great wildlife watching and a fun outdoor experience. Get out and enjoy the refuge.

    Enjoy, explore, learn!

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    Boca Chica Beach

    Enjoy a walk on the beach. Look for sea turtles in the surf and peregrine falcons flying overhead.

    Where the Rio Grande Empties Into the Gulf

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    Where Nature Meets History!

    Set within this historic community is a chance to see white-collared seedeaters, red-billed pigeons, Audubon's orioles and more.

    Roma Bluffs World Birding Center

News

Yturria Brush Tract Closure

Yturria Brush Tract is closed until further notice due to construction. Questions, please contact Scot Edler at 956-784-7621.

History

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On the coastal prairie along the banks of the winding Rio Grande is the scene of the last land battle of the Civil War, a battle fought and won by the South one month after the war ended with Lee's surrender at Appomattox.

The Battle of Palmito Ranch
Featured Stories

Protecting & Restoring Biodiversity

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The most southern tip of Texas is one of the most biologically diverse regions in North America. Protecting and restoring the native trees and plants is a management priority, as is connecting and protecting habitat to create a wildlife corridor.

Managing for Wildlife

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS