• 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 is out. To reach the park call (361) 949-8069 or (361) 949-4793. The issue has been reported, however the phone company is having difficulty locating the problem. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  • Padre Island National Seashore will Conduct a Sobriety Checkpoint on Saturday, July 19, 2014.

    To protect the public from impaired drivers and help ensure a safe park experience for all visitors, Padre Island National Seashore law enforcement will conduct a Sobriety Checkpoint on Saturday, July 19, 2014 on Park Road 22 near the park’s entrance.

Fees & Reservations

Please note that no reservations are taken for camping. Please call Malaquite Visitor Center at 361.949.8068 to check on availability in the campgrounds. Space is almost always available on the beaches, unless they are closed due to unusually high tides.


Vehicle Entry Fee



This is a vehicle fee and is good for seven days.Annual Park Pass (This is optional. If you visit park on a regular basis, this annual pass may be a good option).

$20.00 Annual Fee (This is optional. If you visit the park on a regular basis, this is a good option).

An annual park pass may be obtained for $20, and is valid for a year after the day of purchase. Please note that this is a pass to Padre Island National Seashore only. To learn more about entrance pass programs to all federal lands, including Padre Island National Seashore, follow the link below.


Bicycle/Walking Entry Fee

$5.00 - 7 days


Anyone walking or riding bicycles into the park will be charged $5.

Commercial Tours


Commercial tours must pay a flat fee, based upon the bus capacity.

1-6 passengers $25.00 flat fee, plus $5.00/person

7-25 passengers $40.00 flat fee

26 or more passengers $100.00 flat fee

Non-commercial Tours



Non-commercial tours include school buses, church groups, etc. A fee waiver may be issued for these groups. Please contact the visitor center at 361.949.8068 for more information.


The following fees are reduced by half for individuals with a Golden Age or Golden Access Pass.

Bird Island Basin Use Fee

$5.00 - Day

$10.00 - Annual


At Bird Island Basin, there is a day use fee of $5.00, but an annual pass can be purchased at the Entrance Station for $10.00. Please fill out a camping permit at the Bird Island Basin camping area.

Malaquite Campground

$8.00 - Day


There is a day use/camping fee of $8.00 for use of Malaquite Campground.

Did You Know?

White-tailed buck (odocoileus virginianus)

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...