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 alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors 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.


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    Urban Partnerships in South TX

    Learn about what we're doing to reach people in our local communities.

    South Texas Refuge Complex

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    Self Portraits

    Trip cameras set up a various locations within the refuge help biologists learn more about the needs of wildlife, including ocelots.

    Photogenic wild cats!

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    Finding Refuge...

    In a region of Texas some call the last great habitat, thorn forest intermingles with wetlands, coastal prairies, mudflats & beaches.

    Wildlife & Habitat


Adding Land for Conservation

July 7, 2021

On July 7, 2021 about 4,800 acres were added to Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge. This additional habitat will help safeguard and connect critical migration corridors for endangered ocelots and other coastal wildlife.

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Trail Closures and Visitor Center Updates

Click here for information regarding upcoming trail closures during the 2020/2021 Hunt Season and Visitor Center Updates.

Visitor Activity Update

Agents of Discovery

Battle Royale

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Just For Kids

Caught on camera! First-ever ocelot documented using wildlife crossing.


On January 25, remote cameras at Laguna Atascosa documented the first-ever ocelot using a wildlife crossing.

Cameras document ocelot using wildlife crossing
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Reporting a Dead Ocelot Sighting

We need your help! If you see a dead ocelot (e.g., road-killed), please be sure to immediately report it. Information gathered on these wild cats is extremely important and helps biologists learn more about where they are encountering risks, especially on roadways. This information is used to keep ocelots part of the Texas landscape. So if you see a dead ocelot, please report it.

What To Do

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For the birds

Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge is a designated Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN) site, along with Rancho Rincón de Anacahuitas in Mexico. The two sites make up the first bi-national sites within the WHSRN that, together, host at least 100,000 shorebirds annually. WHSRN’s mission is to conserve shorebirds and their habitats through a network of key sites across the Americas. Protecting birds as they migrate across international borders is a conservation priority that requires coordinated efforts among countries.

Wildlife and Habitat

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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