Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
During the current public health emergency, whenever possible, outdoor recreation sites at national wildlife refuges will remain open to the public.

For local conditions review the information on this website and call ahead.

If visiting one of our location, please ensure public health and safety by following guidance from the CDC and state and local public health authorities. You can do this by maintaining social distancing, avoiding overcrowding and excercising good hygiene.

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

Refuge seeks public comment on hunt program

The Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is proposing to expand hunting opportunities on Lower Rio Grande Valley NWR tracts to include additional species and hunt areas.

Hunting

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