• 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.

Park Planning


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?

A Kemp's ridley returns to the Gulf with a radio transmitter so that her travels outside of nesting season can be tracked.

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...