Laws & Policies
What You Need to Know
To learn about the park's rules and regulations, view the 2012 edition of the Superintendent's Compendium in PDF format.
This enabling legislation stipulated that the original grantors of the property retain all rights to minerals within what became the National Seashore. Therefore, the mineral estate underlying the park is either owned privately or by the State of Texas. The National Park Service is legally required to allow access to the minerals while applying stringent requirements and ensuring adherence to federal and state regulations, policies, and guidelines.
New Firearms Law
As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms in this park. It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. Please visit our state's various websites for more information:
Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park. Those places are marked with signs at all public entrances.
The park's Founding Legislation is a federal law, drawn up by Congress and signed by the President, which forms the foundation for all the rules, regulations, laws, and policies of the park. The National Seashore's founding legislation was signed by President John F. Kennedy on September 28, 1962.
Want to find out more about the laws that regulate national parks? Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) is a comprehensive listing of the rules in national parks. Here you will find out about the laws that are used to protect park resources.
Did You Know?
Kemp's ridley sea turtles are both the smallest and the most endangered sea turtles in the world. Padre Island National Seashore is one of only a few places in the world where Kemp's ridley sea turtles come to nest. More...