On the Laguna Madre

The Laguna Madre is a rarity: one of perhaps six hypersaline (i.e. saltier than the ocean) lagoons in the world. It is perhaps one of the most overlooked natural wonders in North America. If one stands on its shore and simply gazes at it, the Laguna might not have any obvious physical attributes to distinguish from any other body of water in the world. To be appreciated, the Laguna's unseen side, the life hidden under its surface, must be studied and revealed. The Laguna Madre is also an incredible area in which to recreate- one of the world's best windsurfing sites and ample opportunities for fishing, boating, birding, and more await you. Check out the links below for more information on this majestic and important place!

 
  • White tent on the beach with vegetated dunes behind and a cloudy-blue sky above.

    Camping

    Learn more about the park's two campgrounds as well as primitive camping on the beach.

  • A man stands at one of several fishing poles stuck in the sand near the water on an overcast day.

    Fishing

    Fishing is a great way to enjoy the park whether you're doing it from the beach or laguna or out on a boat.

  • A crested caracara stands on sandy ground with tall grass and looks off camera to the right

    Birding

    Padre Island National Seashore is an important area for migratory birds. Over 380 different species of birds have been seen within the park.

  • A kayak rests partly on shore on the left in calm water with a blue and yellow sunset sky above.

    Canoeing and Kayaking

    Take your own canoe or kayak out on the Laguna Madre or the Gulf or rent from the park concessionaire, Worldwinds.

  • Two people windsurfing on calm water.

    Windsurfing

    The Laguna Madre is internationally known for its amazing windsurfing.

  • Calm water stretches to the horizon with a cloudy sky above.

    Swimming

    Swimming in the laguna is a nice way to spend your day.

  • Two trucks with trailers backed up to calm water.  There is a small dock in the water.

    Boat Ramp

    For a small daily or annual fee, you can launch into the laguna from the Bird Island Boat Ramp.

  • A sandy dune in the foreground with a body of water in the distance

    Waterfowl Hunting on the Laguna Madre

    Find out how to transport waterfowl lawfully taken out in the Laguna Madre, on park waters or neighboring jurisdictions.

Last updated: July 10, 2020

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P.O. Box 181300
Corpus Christi , TX 78480

Phone:

361 949-8068
This is the primary phone number for the Malaquite Visitor Center at Padre Island National Seashore.

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