• 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.

  • Coastal Flood Advisory until 10:00 pm CDT 9-26-14

    The National Weather Service issued a Coastal Flood Advisory due to strong offshore winds pushing the tides above normal levels. Beach driving is highly discouraged. Flooding up to the dunes is likely. Additional updates will be posted if necessary.

Camping on Padre Island


All campgrounds are open year-round. No reservations are accepted, as camping is first-come, first-served. Campers must have a camping permit, which is available from the kiosks at the entrance of each campground or from a campground host at Malaquite Campground and Bird Island Basin.

There are no public RV hook-ups anywhere in the park, but an RV dump station and a water filling station are available for all campers staying in the park.

Camping is permitted only in the five camping areas available for public use. Please see the individual campground descriptions below for more details.

Check out time for Malaquite and Bird Island Basin is 12:00 noon.

Malaquite Campground

Bird Island Basin

North Beach

South Beach

Yarborough Pass

Did You Know?

The National Park Service arrowhead contains a white buffalo, an animal sacred to many native Americans.

Although Padre Nicolas Balli established the first permanent settlement on the island, the island was previously owned by his father and his grandfather, who obtained the original grant from the Spanish crown. More...