• Aerial View of Padre Island National Seashore

    Padre Island

    National Seashore Texas

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  • BIB Campground Rehabilitation begins March 17, 2014

    A project to repair the facilities and rebuild the eroded shoreline in the Bird Island Basin Campground will begin March 17, 2014. Minor disruptions in the immediate area may occur. Please note that none of the work should affect the use of the boat ramp.

  • North Beach is open, South Beach will open at 8 am 4/5/2014

    The oil-covered materials on the beach have been removed, and clean-up is nearly complete. The North Beach portion of the park is open to driving as of 11:50 am on 4/4/2014. The South Beach portion will open to driving at 8 am on 4/5/2014.

Portly Spider Crab

Portly Spider Crab


Found in estuarian habitats from Nova Scotia to the Gulf of Mexico, Portly Spider crabs especially enjoy mudflats and mud-sand shallows. Tiny hairs, which cover their brownish shells, attract algae, sponge, seaweed, barnacles and debris, and sometimes they use their white-tipped claws to attach various items to their shells for hiding. This crab is slow moving and relies mainly on camouflaging ornaments as their best defense against predators. Unlike the Blue crab, it is not considered edible by people, but is eaten by a number of fish and bird species. They spend their time feeding on, and thereby cleaning up, debris and carrion left behind by other animals.

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...