Padre Island National Seashore


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Padre Island National Seashore

Address:PO Box 181300
Corpus Christi, TX 78480

Phone:361-949-8173
Fax:361-949-8023
Web: www.nps.gov/pais/
Size: 130,434 acres.
Established: Authorized on September 28, 1962; established on April 6, 1968.
Location:Southeast of the city of Corpus Christi, Texas. From Corpus Christi, go east through the city on South Padre Island Dr. (Highway 358), past the JFK Causeway and the bridge onto Padre Island, and continue 10 miles south on Park Road 22.
Facilities:Campgrounds (é), rest rooms (é), picnic areas, observation decks, boat ramp, bathhouse, visitor center (é), museum/exhibit, self-guided tour/trail. Entrance fee required.
Activities:Camping, hiking, horseback riding, auto touring, swimming, boating, fishing, windsurfing, water-skiing, scuba diving, snorkeling, bird-watching, educational and interpretive programs.
Special Features:The longest remaining undeveloped barrier island in the world (80.5 miles) is noted for its wide sand beaches, excellent fishing, and abundant bird and marine life. Because of its location on a major migratory route known as the Central Flyway, approximately 380 species of birds have been documented within the National Seashore, representing almost 45% of all bird species documented in North America.

See other parks in Texas.
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Caption: DONNA SHAVER releases 106 Kemp's ridley sea turtle hatchlings at Padre Island National Seashore in June 2016.
We assume any compensatory restoration action that takes place commences 2 years after the closure of the Padre Island National Seashore and that Padre Island will have reopened.
The Sierra Club is seeking a federal buyout of the oil and gas rights below Padre Island National Seashore and the adjacent coastal waters.
Much of this vast area is private or part of the Padre Island National Seashore and requires substantial travel by flats boat to reach productive shorelines.
More than 22,000 eggs were gathered at Rancho Nuevo from 1978 to 1988 and hatched at Padre Island National Seashore in Texas; 13,000 hatchlings were later released into the Gulf.
Ray Cedillo said he goes fishing every chance he gets and had gone out with some of his friends to the Padre Island National Seashore where he was surprised to find the special catch.
This money could simply go into government coffers, but legislators are working to pass the RESTORE Act, which would guarantee that a substantial portion goes to the Gulf--an effort that NPCA strongly supports, as Gulf Islands, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve (Louisiana), and Padre Island National Seashore (Texas) could all benefit.
Although parts of Padre Island are extensively developed, Padre Island National Seashore is the largest (ca.
Well-known locales like Padre Island National Seashore (see page 57) make the list, along with more obscure areas like a ten-acre patch of forest near the Fort Worth zoo.
A frantic radio call came into the Padre Island National Seashore Ranger Station on April 29, 1991: a park visitor reported that a sea turtle was crawling ashore!
At the meeting, STRP's Teri Shore proposed creating a no-take zone for Pidley's along the Padre Island National Seashore. A few weeks later, STRP Director Todd Steiner addressed the Environmental Grantmakers Association's annual meeting in Houston.
The media have focused plenty of attention on the broader environmental impacts and the damage to the commercial fishing industry, but little attention has been focused on the national parks along the coast, ranging from Padre Island National Seashore in Texas all the way to Biscayne National Park in Florida (see map, page 12).