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Laguna Atascosa
National Wildlife Refuge

22817 Ocelot Road
Los Fresnos, TX   78566
E-mail: Marion_Mason@fws.gov
Phone Number: 956-748-3607
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  Wildlife Observation and Photography
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Kiskadee Trail (1/8 mile, fully accessible) - A short, paved loop that surrounds a shallow pond, this trail leads to an observation deck and small bridge that offers even the casual hiker an opportunity for a close-up view to some spectacular wildlife species.

Mesquite Trail (1.5 mile) - Trees shade portions of the trail as it winds through grassy savannas. Two small ponds located along the trail hold water in wet years and signs of deer and coyote are evident.

Moranco Blanco (1.5 miles) - Past Redhead Ridge on Bayside Drive, Moranco Blanco is a primitive route with good views of the bay and yucca in bloom in the spring.

Lakeside Trail (1.5 miles) - starts at Osprey Overlook on the Laguna Atascosa. Views of the lake and thorn forest provide the possibility of good birding possibilities. Wildflowers are plentiful, especially during March and April.

Alligator Pond (.25 mile south of Osprey Overlook) - This pond features an observation deck which can sometimes also offer a view of birds and mammals and the small wetland habitat. Alligators can be seen in the rescaca next to Lakeside Drive and in Pelican Lake along Bayside Drive.

Whitetail Trail (4.2 miles) - located on FM 106, 5.7 miles from the Visitor Center. Whitetail deer, javelina, roadrunners, and a variety of other birds can usually be found throughout the year along this service road which loops through native thorn brush and coastal prairie. Bayside Drive - Hours vary seasonally. A paved, 15-mile, one-way loop passes through thorn forest and coastal prairies before reaching the Laguna Madre. The elevated platform at Redhead Ridge Overlook and numerous vehicle pullouts allow for nature photography and viewing.

Lakeside Drive - Open sunrise to sunset. See Refuge’s namesake lake – the Laguna Atascosa. This is an important resting and feeding area for the more than 20 species of waterfowl that winter here. Osprey Overlook features two permanently mounted telescopes for a closer look.

Nature Tram

Experience the wide variety of wildlife and scenic habitats. The open-air trams offer relaxing tours with knowledgeable guides who lead you through the history of the land, from past to present and into the future. Seasonal tours are offered during the fall and winter.


Bicycles are permitted on tour roads and some service roads. Service roads are primitive routes where riders should be prepared for emergencies. Check with Refuge staff for approved routes and trail maps. Off-road riding is prohibited

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