• Aerial View of Padre Island National Seashore

    Padre Island

    National Seashore Texas

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  • BIB Campground Rehabilitation begins March 17, 2014

    A project to repair the facilities and rebuild the eroded shoreline in the Bird Island Basin Campground will begin March 17, 2014. Minor disruptions in the immediate area may occur. Please note that none of the work should affect the use of the boat ramp.

Pets

Please keep your pet on a leash while you are in the park.

Please keep your pet on its leash while you are in the park.

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Pets

Pets must be on a leash at all times in the park, in order to keep visitors and wildlife safe. Pets are permitted throughout the park, except for the Malaquite Visitor Center's deck and in the picnic shelter area on the beach directly in front of the Visitor Center. However, service animals are exempt from this rule and are permitted throughout the park.

Horses and Pack Animals

Horses and pack animals are allowed only on the Gulf of Mexico beaches, except in front of the Malaquite Visitor Center and campground. Hay should be kept in feed troughs or horse trailer feeding bays to prevent hay from being placed on the ground. Please remove all unused hay and animal excrement form the park.

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...