• 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.

Beachcombing

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Have you ever gone to the beach, with bucket in hand, hoping to find treasures along the seashore? If so, then you have been beachcombing!

Many of the currents that flow through the Gulf of Mexico bring endless curiosities onto the beach at Padre Island National Seashore. Some items include seashells, sea beans (drift seeds), driftwood, lumber, plastics, and things that have been lost or discarded by seagoing vessels and other marine activities.

 
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The best time to go beachcombing is right after a storm passes through.

Natural and cultural resources are protected at the National Seashore, but you are allowed to keep up to a five-gallon bucket filled with treasures that you find. If an animal is still living in its shell, please put it back where you found it because every living thing plays an important role in its ecosystem.

Also, if you find any animal parts that belong to an endangered species (Ex., sea turtle shell), please report it to a park ranger. You should also let park rangers know if you find any historic artifacts (Ex., concretions, arrowheads, etc.).

Did You Know?

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Eighteen species of birds found at Padre Island National Seashore are state or federally listed as endangered, threatened, or a species of concern. More...