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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.

Park Newspaper Archive

Cover Gulf Breeze 2005 Fall

Fall 2005 : Highlight articles include "Kemp's Ridley: A Story of Resilience," "The Oil and Gas Program at Padre Island," "What is a Malaquite?" and "Shoreline Trash, Where Does It Come From?"

Cover Gulf Breeze 2006 Spring

Summer 2006: Some featured articles include "Furry Critters of Padre Island National Seashore," "The Laguna Madre," "Building an Island History," "What is a Sea Bean?" and "Prescribed Burning at Padre Island."

Cover Gulf Breeze 2006 Fall
Fall 2006: Featured articles include "Record Year for Endangered Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle Nesting," " Reptiles of Padre Island," "Raptors, Rulers of the Sky," "Railroad Vine, a Most Unique Wildflower," and "Who Were the First Europeans on Padre Island?"
Cover Gulf Breeze 2007 Spring
Spring 2007: Featured articles include "The Secret Travels of Migratory Birds," "Echinoderms: Spiny Specimens of the Sea," "The Nature of Dunes," and "Seaweed - Love It or Hate It?"
Cover Gulf Breeze 2007 Fall

Fall 2007: Some featured articles include "Threatened Green Sea Turtles Increasingly Seen in Park Waters," The Migration of the Monarch," "Coyote: Relentless Keeper of the Ecosystem," and "Ghost Crabs, the Night Hunters."

Cover Gulf Breeze 2008 Spring

Spring 2008: Highlight articles include "Angler's Alley: Sea Grass Beds," "Padre Island's Resourceful Rodents," "Climate Change: What You Can Do," and "Dangerous Beauty."

Gulf Breeze 2008 Fall

Fall 2008: Featured articles include "2008 Another Record Year for Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle Nesting," "Marine Mammals in the Gulf," "Winter Migration," "Oh Deer!" and "How's the Fishing?"

Gulf Breeze 2009 Summer

Summer 2009: Featured articles include "The Threatened Night Sky," "A Message in a Bottle," "Oil and Gas Development at Padre Island National Seashore," and "Your Fee Dollars at Work."

Gulf Breeze 2009 Fall

Fall 2009: Highlight articles include "2009 Another Record Year for Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle Nesting," "Lightning Whelk," "Sandhill Cranes at Padre Island National Seashore," "Shark in the Park," "The Original Islanders," and "Phragmites: Friend or Foe."

Gulf Breeze 2010 Summer

Summer 2010: Featured articles include "Red-Tide Fish Kills Affect Coyotes and Dogs in the Park," "Showers Bring Wildflowers," "Why Tides Keep Us on Our Toes," "What is that Mysterious Glow?" and "Lions and Tigers and SNAKES, Oh My!"

Gulf Breeze 2011

2011: Featured articles include "Driving Down Island," "Why There? A Digital Approach," "Strange and Smelly Seaweed," "One Kind of a Ranger," "Volunteers in Parks are Very Important People," and "Those Remarkable 'Winter Texans'!"

Gulf Breeze 2012

2012: Featured articles include "Novillo," "International Parks: Exporting America's Best Idea," "Record Numbers of Nests and Stranded Sea Turtles Found During 2011," "Island of Treasure," "For Wetlands' Sake," and "A Grain of Sand."

Gulf Breeze 2013

2013: Featured articles include "Slipping Away: The Decline of the Park's Colonial Waterbirds," "A Man and His Island," "The Virtual Side of Padre Island," "National Seashores: Jewels of the Coasts," and "Sea Turtles: Breaking Records!"

Did You Know?

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The wreck of three Spanish ships near the southern end of Padre Island in 1554 was the greatest disaster to hit the Spanish fleet in the New World up to that time. More...