• Aerial View of Padre Island National Seashore

    Padre Island

    National Seashore Texas

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  • 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.

Park Planning

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Resource damage caused by illegal off-road driving.

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Padre Island National Seashore is proposing to reclaim areas within the park's wind-tidal flats that have been damaged by illegal off-road driving. The reclamation project would restore the surface hydrology of the tidal flats as well as help to restore the natural viewshed of the area. Reclamation of the wind-tidal flats would also offer an opportunity to monitor the effects of recovery efforts on this unique ecosystem. The experimental component of the reclamation would add to the knowledge base for future reclamation projects both within and outside of the National Seashore.

The areas under consideration for research and reclamation are those where driving is and always has been prohibited. Yarborough Pass and Back Island Road will in no way be affected. No roads will be closed for any time as a result of this project. See the link below for more information.


We rely heavily on your feedback to help guide the stewardship of America's great natural and cultural resources. By clicking on this "Documents Open for Comment" link you can read and comment on projects specific to Padre Island National Seashore using the Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) site. This National Park Service web-based software site is your portal to projects occurring at all of the National Park Service units. The PEPC site makes it easy for you to review planning and environmental documents, and allows you to post your comments on documents open for public comment. We encourage you to comment on the projects occurring at Padre Island National Seashore and explore other projects occurring throughout the nation by visiting the PEPC site, found at http://parkplanning.nps.gov.

You are invited to read the planning documents that are used for specific projects at the National Seashore.

Did You Know?

The National Park Service arrowhead contains a white buffalo, an animal sacred to many native Americans.

Although Padre Nicolas Balli established the first permanent settlement on the island, the island was previously owned by his father and his grandfather, who obtained the original grant from the Spanish crown. More...