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    Padre Island

    National Seashore Texas

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  • Park Phone issues

    The visitor center main phone line is out. To reach the park call (361) 949-8069 or (361) 949-4793. The issue has been reported, however the phone company is having difficulty locating the problem. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  • Padre Island National Seashore will Conduct a Sobriety Checkpoint on Saturday, July 19, 2014.

    To protect the public from impaired drivers and help ensure a safe park experience for all visitors, Padre Island National Seashore law enforcement will conduct a Sobriety Checkpoint on Saturday, July 19, 2014 on Park Road 22 near the park’s entrance.

Texas Area Contacts to Report Nesting and Stranded Sea Turtles

Phone 1-866-TURTLE-5 or the Texas area contact nearest you:


Response Contact Information

Bolivar Peninsula, Galveston Island, Galveston Bay

NOAA Fisheries (Galveston Lab)

Lyndsey Howell/Ben Higgins

Tel. (409) 771-2872

Email: lyndsey.howell@noaa.gov


Matagorda Peninsula, Sargent Beach

San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge

Shane Kasson

Tel. (979) 964-3639

Email: shane_kasson@fws.gov


Matagorda Island

Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

Brad Strobel

Tel. (361) 286-3559 ext. 223

Email: brad_strobel@fws.gov


San Jose Island, Mustang Island, Corpus Christi Bay

UT - Marine Science Institute / Animal Rehabilitation Keep

Tony Amos

Tel. (361) 442-7638

Email: afamos@utexas.edu


North Padre Island, Upper Laguna Madre

Padre Island National Seashore

Texas Coordinator for the Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network

Donna Shaver, PhD

Tel. (361) 949-8173 ext. 226

Email: donna_shaver@nps.gov


South Padre Island, Boca Chica, Lower Laguna Madre

(Nesting Turtles Only)

Sea Turtle, Inc.

Jeff George

Tel: (956) 761-4511

Email: seaturtleinc@yahoo.com


South Padre Island, Boca Chica, Lower Laguna Madre

(Stranded Turtles Only)

UT-Pan American, Coastal Studies Lab

Thomas Whelan

Tel. (956) 761-2644

Email: twhelan3@utpa.edu


Did You Know?

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Metal detecting is prohibited at Padre Island National Seashore as well as at all other units of the National Park Service. More...