Refuge Events
More information on Ocelot Conservation Day available on our Facebook event page
altamira oriole Nicole Young
Bird Tours
8:00am - 12:00pm
$4 for adults (16+), $3 seniors (62+), under 16 free. 
Cash or check only.                                           
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Take a small bus to birding hot spots on the refuge where private vehicles are not allowed. This tour will offer many opportunities to see waterfowl and raptors. Reservations required, call (956) 748-3607 ext. 111.
alligator Nicole Yound
Habitat Tours   
8:30 am- 11:30 am and 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm 
$4 for adults (16+), $3 seniors (62+), under 16 free. 
Cash or check only. 
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Take a small bus to remote locations on the refuge where private vehicles are not allowed. This tour offers a chance to see a variety of wildlife! 
Reservations required, call (956) 748-3607 ext. 111.
Breakfast for the Birds
8:45 am      FREE with entrance fee
7 days a week
Join us as we fill feeders scattered across the visitor center grounds. View the many birds & wildlife that gather daily. Afterwards, walk the trails to see what you might find!
No reservations necessary.
Meet our new Visitor Services
Park Ranger:
Chris Quezada!
How did you come to work at Laguna Atascosa NWR?
I have spent most of my life in the valley, and have tried to discover every hidden gem of the landscape. I graduated from South Texas College in Computer Science, but I took on a year-long position at Santa Ana NWR to try something different before returning to I.T. During my first year at Santa Ana, I fell in love with the refuge system, and continued to work there as a Visitor Services Park Ranger. I am always looking for new ways to involve our community in conservation and recreation, and this was a major reason why I applied for the Laguna Atascosa position.
What are some of your plans for the Refuge?
I love being out on the water and I would like to bring kayaking and canoeing back to the refuge. Being that I come from Santa Ana, I would also like to take advantage of our ties to the South Texas Refuge Complex and collaborate on programs to reach greater audiences.
What’s your life like outside of your refuge work?
I have a wonderful wife and three children who are the center of my world. Together my family and I are on a quest to see public lands across the country, from kayaking the Rio Grande to hiking a section of the Appalachian trail. 
Friends Events
No tickets required! But stay updated on this event by liking the Facebook event page.
Wild Texas Film Tour is coming to McAllen!
Feb 28th, 7-9pm
Cine El Rey, McAllen
The Wild Texas Film Tour is a short film tour showcasing wildlife, adventure, and conservation stories. Meet the characters in the films, the folks behind the camera, and conservationists from across the state of Texas. FLANWR will be there tabling!
Support Laguna Atascosa
Shop at the Friend's Nature
Looking for great gifts? Symbolically adopting an ocelot for yourself or family or friends, or making a donation on behalf of someone special are two ways that help support the many conservation programs at Laguna Atascosa NWR.
Phone or email orders accepted. Email friendsoflagunaatascosa@gmail.com or call 956-748-3607, ext. 112 (please leave a message and our store manager will return your call).
The Nature Store at Laguna Atascosa also offers a variety of T-shirts for kids and adults, books and guides, magnets, cute stuffed animals, earrings, caps, snacks and drinks and more.
Adopt an Ocelot
Ocelots need your help. You can Adopt an Ocelot to help our population of endangered cats survive and thrive in South Texas.  Adopt Now
Save Texas Ocelots
The last remaining  ocelots  in the United States are found only in Texas. You can help save these beautiful endangered cats and help spread the word about protecting  Texas Ocelots  by buying this specialty license plate for your vehicle for only $30.00 additional. 
Friends of Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge will receive $22.00 from the sale of every Save Texas Ocelots license plate, 100% of which will go to Ocelot Conservation. Buy Now
Laguna Atascosa
National Wildlife Refuge
22688 Buena Vista Rd.
Los Fresnos, TX   78566
956-748-3607 ext 111  
(if you can't reach us on this line, please call the cell phone at 956-244-2019).       
Visitor Center & Friends Nature Store
Open 8 am - 4 pm 
7 Days/Week
Refuge open daily sunrise - sunset 
Refuge Entrance Fee 
$3 per vehicle  cash or check ONLY.
Please check in at the Visitor Center to get a required vehicle pass.

Go to the Refuge Site
Construction crews are making progress on the 3 mile stretch of Buena Vista leading to the Visitor's Center. Be sure to follow all safety signs and drive slowly. Allow extra travel time and expect delays. Thank you for driving safely.