Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge Travel Guide

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Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge Things to Do

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    by kyoub Written Feb 4, 2006

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    Lakeside Drive is only a short 1 1/2 miles out to the lake that gives the refuge its name. Atascosa means "muddy" in Spanish, which describes the shallow lake on windy days. The lake is an important resting and feeding area for the more than 20 species of waterfowl that winter here.

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    One of the loops that you can do in your car is the Bayside Trail. It is a 15 mile one way loop. You drive thru a thorn forest before reaching the Laguna Madre . Wildflowers are plentiful, especially during March and April. There is an overlook and several places to pull off to take pictures.

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    Paisano Trail (1 mile) is the only paved trail at the refuge. Roadrunners, long-billed thrashers, and plain chachalaca are some of the birds that you might see on this trail.

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Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge Local Customs

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    Motor vehicles are allowed on tour roads only.
    Off-road or off-trail driving, biking, or hiking is prohibited.
    Pets are permitted on leash.
    Fishing and camping are permitted at Adolph Thomae Jr. County Park only. No overnight
    parking is allowed at any other refuge location.
    Do not disturb wildlife, vegetation, or historic objects.
    No firearms permitted (except for legal hunting).
    Fireworks and campfires are not permitted.
    Alcohol is not permitted.
    Observe speed limits of 25 mph on tour roads.

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Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge Warnings and Dangers

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    Alligator watching has become very popular at the refuge. During wet years they seem to inhabit every pond. Alligators can be dangerous; stay on the road and do not feed or disturb them.

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Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge What to Pack

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    Luggage and bags: Bring your lunch and plenty of water or sodas to drink. You can have a tailgate party or a picnic near the visitor's center. Just don't feed your left overs to the wildlife, it might make them ill.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Casual cotton clothing. Comfy walking shoes. If you come in the spring bring rain gear because it may be raining.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Be sure to bring insect repellent and sun screen. It does get hot and buggy on those trails.

    Photo Equipment: Bring plenty of film or a large memory card, extra batteries, and a tri-pod.

    Miscellaneous: Don't forget to bring your binoculars.

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