About Us

The Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1979 with a management priority to protect biodiversity. As a wildlife corridor, the refuge follows the Rio Grande along the last 275 river miles. It connects isolated tracts of land managed by private landowners, non-profit organizations, the State of Texas, and two other National Wildlife Refuges: Laguna Atascosa and Santa Ana.   

Our Mission

The mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management and, where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans. 

Our Purpose

The Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge was established “… for the development, advancement, management, conservation, and protection of fish and wildlife resources…”  16 U.S.C. 742f(a)(4); “…for the benefit of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, in performing its activities and services”.  

Our History

1979 - The Lower Rio Grande Valley Wildlife Refuge was established with the priority to protect biodiversity. 

Other Facilities in this Complex

The South Texas Refuge Complex is made up of Lower Rio Grande Valley, Santa Ana, and Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuges.