Laguna Atascosa NWR Area
About the Area
Established in 1946, the 97,007-acre refuge has more documented species of birds than any other National Wildlife Refuge in the United States. The refuge is open for wildlife watching, education and interpretation, hunting, fishing and nature photography and is about one hour’s drive east of Harlingen. Visitors can take advantage of foot trails, and auto, tram and kayaking tours.
Bayside Drive is good for wading birds and shorebirds all year long.
The Visitor Center area and Kiskadee Trail are places to look for brushland birds anytime.
Drive to Osprey Overlook in winter to see an amazing variety of waterfowl.
In spring, neotropical migrants can be found in the trees along Lakeside Drive and around the Visitor Center.
During wet periods, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Groove-billed Anis, and Least Grebes may be seen along the resacas and small ponds in summer.
Aplomado Falcons are seen throughout the year in coastal prairies. Check at the Visitor Center for current best locations.
Access Information, Amenities and Accessibility
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ADDRESS: 22688 Buena Vista Blvd, Los Fresnos, TX
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HOURS: Subject to change without notice
Sundays - Open dawn to dusk
Mondays - Open dawn to dusk
Tuesdays - Open dawn to dusk
Wednesdays - Open dawn to dusk
Thursdays - Open dawn to dusk
Fridays - Open dawn to dusk
Saturdays - Open dawn to dusk
ADMISSION FEES (Subject to change without notice): None
AMENITIES: The Visitor Center, paved parking lot and restrooms are at the entrance to the refuge (call for seasonal hours).
WEBSITE LINK: https://fws.gov/refuge/laguna_atascosa
Brackish Tidal Flat
Floodplain Deciduous Shrubland
Open Water: Fresh
Open Water: Gulf
Riparian Deciduous Forest
Saline Aquatic Submerged
Texas Saline Coastal Prairie