• Aerial View of Padre Island National Seashore

    Padre Island

    National Seashore Texas

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  • Sobriety checkpoint Saturday, August 23, 2014

    Law Enforcement officers at Padre Island National Seashore will conduct a Sobriety Checkpoint Saturday, August 23, 2014 on Park Road 22 near the park’s entrance. The purpose of the checkpoint is to detect and apprehend alcohol and drug impaired drivers.

  • Fee Free Day at Padre Island National Seashore, August 25th, 2014

    Monday August 25, 2014 is National Park Service Founders Day and Superintendent Mark Spier invites the public to help us celebrate our 98th birthday by coming out and enjoying the day at Padre Island National Seashore. Park entry will be free on that day.

  • Park Phone issues

    The visitor center main phone line and fax line are not working. To reach the park visitor center, call (361) 949-8069 or (361) 949-4793. Fax to (361) 949-7091, Attention: Visitor Center. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  • Bird Island Basin Campground rehabilitation starts August 18, 2014

    The second part of a project to repair facilities and rebuild eroded shoreline at Bird Island Basin Campground begins August 18. Minor disruptions of activities in the immediate area may occur. None of the work should affect use of the boat ramp.

Coasts / Shorelines

Map showing the location of Padre Island between the Laguna Madre and the Gulf of Mexico

A map showing the location of Padre Island between the Laguna Madre and the Gulf of Mexico.  The park's southern boundary, the Mansfield Channel, is located just below "Port Mansfield".  The park is shown in green.

NPS map

Of the National Seashore’s four sides, three border on water. The eastern shore has 65.5 miles of Gulf shoreline comprising sand and shell beaches, all of which are open to the public.

The southern boundary is a manmade channel known as the Mansfield Channel. This 300-foot wide channel was created in 1957 and is used by shrimp boats and recreational boaters.

The western shore borders the Laguna Madre, which is a shallow, hypersaline lagoon 1.5 to 3 times as salty as the ocean and is composed of extensive mudflats, which are considered environmentally sensitive. There are only two locations within the park for the general public to access the Laguna Madre: at Bird Island Basin and at Yarborough Pass. Camping along the Laguna Shore outside of these areas is not allowed and hiking along the Laguna Shore outside of them is strongly discouraged because of the shoreline’s environmental sensitivity. Because there is little flow of sediments along the Laguna shore, damage to the mudflats can last a long time. Tire tracks and footprints left over twenty years ago can still be seen in some parts.

Did You Know?

Beach wheelchairs are available for loan, but must be returned by the Visitor Center's closing time.

Padre Island National Seashore has a wheelchair designed for use on loose sand available for loan at no charge. Users must leave a driver's license or their personal wheelchair at the information desk while the beach wheelchair is on loan. More...