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  • Sobriety checkpoint Saturday, August 23, 2014

    Law Enforcement officers at Padre Island National Seashore will conduct a Sobriety Checkpoint Saturday, August 23, 2014 on Park Road 22 near the park’s entrance. The purpose of the checkpoint is to detect and apprehend alcohol and drug impaired drivers.

  • Fee Free Day at Padre Island National Seashore, August 25th, 2014

    Monday August 25, 2014 is National Park Service Founders Day and Superintendent Mark Spier invites the public to help us celebrate our 98th birthday by coming out and enjoying the day at Padre Island National Seashore. Park entry will be free on that day.

  • 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.

Bird Island Basin Campground Rehabilitation Begins Monday, March 17, 2014

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Date: March 6, 2014
Contact: William "Buzz" Botts, 361-949-8068

The National Park Service is beginning a two part project to repair the facilities and rebuild the eroded shoreline in the Bird Island Basin Campground. Minor disruptions of various activities in the immediate area may occur. Please note that none of the work should affect the use of the nearby Bird Island Basin boat ramp.

Over the past decade, storms and wave action from passing barges and small craft have slowly eroded the beach and shoreline in the campground area. In addition, many of the campsite shade structures need to be rehabilitated and moved back from the water's edge.

The work will be completed in two phases. The first work is scheduled to begin just after spring break and will involve removing older, degraded shade structures and rebuilding them farther away from the shoreline to increase their longevity. Once that work is completed, contractors will be on site to complete construction of features that should be able to better stabilize the shoreline. The final phase will involve reconstructing the beach that once existed on the site and re-vegetating areas that are not subjected to heavy visitor use.

Please note that weather, supply shortages, and/or other unforeseen circumstances may cause the work schedule to change. For the most current information on the campground rehabilitation and improvements, please call the Malaquite Visitor Center at (361) 949-8068.

The Padre Island National Seashore staff apologizes for any inconvenience and appreciates your patience as work takes place to protect and preserve the environment and recreation opportunities.

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...