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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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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Guided nature walks, kayak tours, birding and nature tours are offered seasonally. Schools, scouts and other youth groups are encouraged to use the refuge as an outdoor classroom to meet their curriculum needs. Staff assistance is available to help you plan your trip. Contact the Ranger for more information.

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Fishing is permitted at Adolph Thomae Jr. County Park, San Martin Lake via the boat launch off Highway 48, and on the South Padre Island beach.

The Laguna Atascosa NWR conducts seasonal shotgun/muzzleloader and archery hunts for big game species like white-tailed deer, exotic nilgai antelope and feral hog. Youth-only rifle hunts are also available.

Find out more about the refuge and its wildlife through the exhibits and videos at the visitor center. Some of the best birding can be found in the area surrounding the visitor center.

Volunteers and rangers lead programs and birding tours on weekends November through April. Schedules are available at the Visitor Center. Schools and other groups may call to arrange for programs.

Wildlife Observation
Laguna Atascosa NWR offers a plethora of ways to observe wildlife and nature.

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The visitor center is open from 8am to 4pm daily; the refuge is open one hour past sunrise to sunset.

Entrance Fees
$10 Annual Refuge Pass, $15 Federal Duck Stamp, $25 Golden Eagle, $10 Golden Age Passport (ages 62 and older) or free Golden Access Passport (if permanently disabled); $15 group size 20 and under; $25 group size over 20

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