"2010 Kemp's ridley sea turtle project at Padre Island National Seashore (for NRC)" by NPS photo , public domain

Padre Island

National Seashore - Texas

Padre Island National Seashore (PAIS) is a national seashore located on Padre Island off the coast of South Texas. In contrast to South Padre Island, known for its beaches and vacationing college students, PAIS is located on North Padre Island and consists of a long beach where nature is preserved. Most of the park is primitive, but camping is available, and most of the beach is only accessible to four-wheel-drive vehicles. All but four miles is open to vehicle traffic. PAIS is the fourth designated national seashore in the United States. North Padre Island is the longest undeveloped barrier island in the world. The national seashore is 70 miles (110 km) long with 65.5 miles (105.4 km) of Gulf beach. PAIS hosts a variety of pristine beach, dune, and tidal flat environments, including the Laguna Madre on its west coast, a famous spot for windsurfing.

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Official Visitor Map of Padre Island National Seashore (NS) in Texas. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Padre Island - Visitor Map

Official Visitor Map of Padre Island National Seashore (NS) in Texas. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

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Map of the U.S. National Park System. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

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Map of the U.S. National Park System with Unified Regions. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Map of the U.S. National Heritage Areas. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).National Park System - National Heritage Areas

Map of the U.S. National Heritage Areas. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

https://www.nps.gov/pais/index.htm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chickasaw_National_Recreation_Area Padre Island National Seashore (PAIS) is a national seashore located on Padre Island off the coast of South Texas. In contrast to South Padre Island, known for its beaches and vacationing college students, PAIS is located on North Padre Island and consists of a long beach where nature is preserved. Most of the park is primitive, but camping is available, and most of the beach is only accessible to four-wheel-drive vehicles. All but four miles is open to vehicle traffic. PAIS is the fourth designated national seashore in the United States. North Padre Island is the longest undeveloped barrier island in the world. The national seashore is 70 miles (110 km) long with 65.5 miles (105.4 km) of Gulf beach. PAIS hosts a variety of pristine beach, dune, and tidal flat environments, including the Laguna Madre on its west coast, a famous spot for windsurfing. Padre Island National Seashore separates the Gulf of Mexico from the Laguna Madre, one of a few hypersaline lagoons in the world. The park protects 66 miles of coastline, dunes, prairies, and wind tidal flats teeming with life. It is a safe nesting ground for the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle and a haven for over 380 bird species. It also has a rich history, including the Spanish shipwrecks of 1554. The National Seashore is located on North Padre Island, southeast of the city of Corpus Christi, Texas. Visitors to the area should head east through Corpus Christi on Highway 358. After crossing the JFK Causeway onto Padre Island, Highway 358 changes to Park Road 22. Continue about 10 miles south on Park Road 22 to reach the park entrance. Malaquite Visitor Center The Malaquite Visitor Center includes a bookstore and an exhibit area with information about park history, plants, and animals. Free programs are often available. A shaded picnic area is available on the deck. Restrooms and cold water showers are available in the bathhouse. Wheelchair users can borrow a special beach wheelchair from the visitor center at no charge. An accessible ramp goes from the Pavilion down to Malaquite Beach. Head east through Corpus Christi on Highway 358. After crossing the JFK Causeway onto Padre Island, Highway 358 changes to Park Road 22. Continue about 10 miles south on Park Road 22 to reach the park entrance. Bird Island Basin Campground Bird Island Basin lies along the Laguna Madre Bay. It is open to both tent and RV camping. It has gravel sites and vault toilets. It provides access to the bay for fishing, camping, windsurfing, and kayaking. The relatively calm waters of the bay and the nearly constant breeze make Bird Island Basin one of the top windsurfing destinations in the country. Bird Island Basin Camping Permit and Fee 8.00 Camping at Bird Island Basin (BIB) requires a park entrance pass and a camping permit. The park entrance pass is obtained at the main park entrance, and the camping permit is obtained from the self-registration kiosk near the BIB campground entrance. Each site has a maximum capacity of two tents, two vehicles, and eight people. BIB provides a chemical toilet only and has no RV hook-ups and no potable water. The fees are $5.00/day or $2.50/day with the America The Beautiful Senior or Access passes. Bird Island Basin Campground Campground with RVs parked next to the Laguna Madre RVs parked next to the Laguna Madre in Bird Island Basin Campground Malaquite Campground Malaquite Campground is open to tents and RVs. It is right next to the beach and has paved parking, designated sites, restrooms, cold water showers, and picnic tables. Some sites have grills and shade structures. No hookups. A black/gray water dumping station and potable water station are on the road entering the campground. Those with a paid site in the campground can pitch a tent either at the site or on the beach in front of the campground. This campground is first-come, first-served (no reservations). Malaquite Campground Fee 14.00 This fee allows the use of one campsite and campground facilities for one night at Malaquite Campground. One campsite can accommodate up to 2 vehicles, 2 tents, and 8 people. Note that this fee is in addition to the park entrance fee. Interagency Pass Malaquite Campground Fee 7.00 Those with an America the Beautiful Senior or Access Pass pay a discounted camping fee for Malaquite Campground. This fee allows use of one campsite and campground facilities at Malaquite Campground for one night. One campsite can accommodate up to 2 tents, 2 vehicles, and 8 people. Note that this fee is in addition to the park entrance fee. Malaquite Campground Campground sites and facilities at Malaquite Campground. Malaquite Campground is tucked in the dunes right next to the beach. A boy at play on scenic Padre Island A small boy plays at the water's edge on Padre Island Over 60 miles of beach offers beautiful scenery and fun for the whole family. Kemp's ridley sea turtle hatchlings Tiny Kemp's ridley sea turtle hatchlings crawl on the beach of Padre Island. Thousands of visitors come to the park each summer to watch newborn Kemp's ridley sea turtle hatchlings get released into the Gulf of Mexico. Black Skimmer A black skimmer flies by, slicing the surf with its lower bill to catch food. Over 380 bird species have been found at the park, making it a top destination for birders from around the world. Camping on Padre Island A tent is set up close to the beach on Padre Island. Camping in a tent or RV is one of the most popular activities on Padre Island. Sunrise over the Gulf of Mexico on Padre Island A beautiful and colorful sunrise over the Gulf of Mexico on Padre Island. Breathtaking sunrises, remote beaches, and dark night skies make Padre Island a top vacation destination. Bird Island Basin Boat Ramp A woman drives a boat up to the ramp at Bird Island Basin. Bird Island Basin offers access to the Laguna Madre for boating, fishing, windsurfing, kayaking, and camping. Fishing at Mansfield Channel A man in waders fishes in the surf along the Mansfield Channel jetties. Surf fishing is a great way to enjoy the outdoors at Padre Island National Seashore. Big Shell Beach at Padre Island National Seashore Large seashells in front of the turquoise blue waters of the Gulf of mexico Padre Island National Seashore has over 70 miles of undeveloped coastline with ample beachcombing opportunities. NPS Geodiversity Atlas—Padre Island National Seashore, Texas Each park-specific page in the NPS Geodiversity Atlas provides basic information on the significant geologic features and processes occurring in the park. Links to products from Baseline Geologic and Soil Resources Inventories provide access to maps and reports. [Site Under Development] sand dunes Shark Awareness Before heading into the ocean, review some safety information to further minimize the chances of a shark encounter. Shark and fish in the blue ocean waters Frequent Fuel Treatments Key to Fire Suppression Response at Padre Island Recent wildfires demonstrate that fuels treatments and wildfire at Padre Island NS reduce fire spread and intensity in the area for 1-2 years. But the effectiveness does not last when that time frame is exceeded. The May 2014 28 Mile fire, which burned in the same area as the Turtle fire in 2009, showed no reduction in fire behavior, despite burning in the same area only 5 years later. The Roadside 1 and 2 fires also demonstrate the difference in treatment effectiveness. Wildland Fire: Response to 6 Mile Fire on Padre Island The lightning-ignited 6 Mile fire was detected in Padre Island National Seashore on July 14, 2012. The fire was located south of the park headquarters, visitor center, recreational areas, and primary park improvements. Direct attack tactics were not successful due to fuel loading, so firefighters used burnout operations to help contain the fire on July 16 at approximately 12,998 acres. No structures were damaged or destroyed. fire burning beyond the roadside with lots of smoke Science at Sea in the Gulf of Mexico Science at Sea - Follow along as a research cruise makes its way around the Gulf of Mexico and collects water samples from 4 national parks. ocean view of Florida Bay Module Conducts Wildland-Urban Interface Projects Throughout the Intermountain Region In 2013, the Saguaro Wildland Fire Module (WFM) managed multiple projects simultaneously in AZ, TX, and NM. WFMs are highly skilled and versatile fire crews that provide expertise in long-term planning, ignitions, holding, prescribed fire preparation and implementation support, hazardous fuels reduction, and fire effects monitoring. With their help, fire fulfills its natural or historic role to meet resource and management objectives and create fire-adapted communities. 2014 Sea Turtle Annual Report Cape Hatteras 2014 annual report on sea turtle monitoring at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Green sea turtle returning to sea after laying her eggs. Series: National Park Service Geodiversity Atlas The servicewide Geodiversity Atlas provides information on <a href="https://www.nps.gov/subjects/geology/geoheritage-conservation.htm">geoheritage</a> and <a href="https://www.nps.gov/subjects/geology/geodiversity.htm">geodiversity</a> resources and values all across the National Park System to support science-based management and education. The <a href="https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1088/index.htm">NPS Geologic Resources Division</a> and many parks work with National and International <a href="https://www.nps.gov/subjects/geology/park-geology.htm">geoconservation</a> communities to ensure that NPS abiotic resources are managed using the highest standards and best practices available. park scene mountains

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