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.
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
Fee: $5.00/day or $10.00/year; $2.50/day or $5.00/year with the Golden Age or Golden Access Pass. This fee is in addition to the park entrance fee.
Description: Located on the waters of the Laguna Madre, this site offers fantastic opportunities for windsurfing, kayaking, boating, birding and fishing. Both RV and tent camping sites are available. The park does not take reservations, so use of this area is available on a first-come, first-served basis only.
In addition to camping, Bird Island Basin has a windsurfing area (ranked by Windsurfing Magazine as the best flat water sailing site in the continental USA) and a boat-launching ramp. For information on kayak and windsurfing rentals, lessons, and sales, please call Worldwinds at (361)949-7472 or visit www.worldwinds.net.
Amenities: There are chemical toilets only, but flush toilets and cold-water rinse showers are available at the Malaquite Pavilion Bathhouse (open every day and closed only from 7:00-9:00 a.m. for cleaning). Bird Island Basin has sites designated for both RV and tent camping.
IMPORTANT: Please read and be aware of the Bird Island Basin Boat Ramp Area additional information & regulations, as well as the Bird Island Basin Windsurfing and Campground Area additional information & regulations, by clicking the links below:
Did You Know?
The white-tailed deer on the island are not considered the island's largest native mammal because they are believed to come across the Laguna Madre from the mainland. Coyotes are considered the island's largest native mammal. More...