• 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. 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.

Boating

Bird Island Basin offers a boat ramp to provide access to the excellent boating and fishing waters of the Laguna Madre, one of the world's only hypersaline lagoons. You can get a daily pass to Bird Island Basin at the Entrance Station for $5.00 or an annual pass for $10.00.

Please help to protect this fragile resource by using a trolling motor or push pole, as the Laguna waters can be extremely shallow. By using a trolling motor or push pole, you can avoid scarring the sea grasses that are vital to the fish people catch in the Laguna and Gulf.

If you are interested in providing specific visitor services in the park, you are required to have a Commercial Use Authorization. Please follow the link or call the Ranger Activities Assistant's Office at 361.949.9239, Extension 33, for an application.

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...