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Padre Island National Seashore National Park
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Padre Island National Seashore Information:
Padre Island is one of 5 barrier islands located on the Texas Gulf Coast, and is the longest barrier island in the world. Padre Island is separated from the mainland by the Laguna Madre, one of the few hypersaline lagoons in the world (it is saltier than seawater). The Padre Island National Seashore Park has 66 miles of shoreline on the north end of the island, accounting for more than half of the islands 113 miles of shoreline. The island offers exceptional birding with over 380 species recorded. It is also a nesting ground for the endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles. During the nesting season, turtle watch groups patrol the beach looking for nests. The eggs are removed from found nests and taken to Port Aransas or SPI where they are protected and cared for until hatching. Once they hatch, the baby turtles are released into the Gulf of Mexico. The City of Corpus Christi is located across the Laguna Madre from the northern portion of the park. The town of South Padre Island is located on the southern end of the Padre Island. The Padre Island National Seashore Visitor Center features exhibits, and hosts programs geared towards school children. The Center is open 9am-4pm during the winter months. Hours are extended during the summer. The park charges an entrance fee and use fees. The park is always open 24/7. For more complete park information, read the Park Brochures and the Park Newspaper. Hatchling releases are scheduled at the last moment whenever the turtles hatch. If you wish to view a Ridley turtle hatchling release on, call the Hatchling Hotline for information about upcoming hatchling releases; (361) 949-7163. Padre Island National Seashore Park Map
 
Padre Island, 113 Miles:
Padre Island is separated from the mainland by the Laguna Madre, one of the few hyper saline lagoons in the world (it is saltier than seawater). In 1964, the Mansfield Channelwas cut through the island across from Port Mansfield, approximately 35 miles from the southern tip of the island, making most of the island accessible only from the north. During the dredging of this channel, the 1554shipwrecked Espritu Santo and San Esteban were discovered. The dredging destroyed the Santa Maria de Yciar. Artifacts from the San Esteban are available for viewing at the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History. The north end of the Island at the City of Corpus Christi is separated from Mustang Island by Packery Channel.Corpus Christi is located west of, and across the Laguna Madre from the north end of Padre Island. The JFK Causeway connects Corpus Christi with the north end of Padre Island. On the island, a paved road extends from the causeway south for approximately 16 miles before ending in the Padre Island National Seashore Park. Port Isabel is located west of and across the Laguna Madre from the south end of Padre Island and the town of South Padre Island. Port Isabel and South Padre Island are connected by the Queen Isabella Causeway. It is approximately 16 miles from the southern tip of the town of SPI at Isla Blanco Park to the north end of Park Road 100. Between the two 16 mile stretches of road near Corpus and at SPI, there are 97 miles of unspoiled beach with no roads. Driving is permitted on most of the Padre Island beaches, though a 4 wheel drive is usually necessary. Within the city limits of SPI, Park Road 100 is called Padre Boulevard. Beach driving is permitted north of town. There are several beach access points located north of town. The Padre Island National Seashore Park has 66 miles of shoreline on the north end of the island, accounting for more than half of the island’s 113 miles of shore. Padre Island offers exceptional birding with over 380 species recorded. It is also a nesting ground for the endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles. During the nesting season, turtle watch groups patrol the beach looking for nests. The eggs are removed from found nests and taken to Port Aransas or SPI where they are protected and cared for until hatching. Once they hatch, the baby turtles are released into the gulf.
 
Historic Novillo Line Campat Padre Island National Seashore:
This site features the last remains of the Dunn family cattle ranch which include a bunkhouse and a few other small buildings, a pump well, a windmill with a concrete water tank, and barbed wire and board corrals. It is located a few miles within the northern boundary and entrance to the park.
 
North & South Bird Islands, Padre Island National Seashore:
These are two of the islands in the Laguna Madre. These islands provide habitat for thousands of nesting birds. Access is prohibited during breeding season.South Bird Island is located approximately one mile north of Bird Island Basin. North Bird Island is located approximately three miles further north.
 
Padre Island National Seashore Directions:
From Port Aransastake SH 361 south to the intersection of SH 361 and Park Road 22; turn left and continue approximately 10 miles to the park entrance and the visitor’s center.
 
From Corpus Christi, take the JFK Causeway (SH 358) to Padre Island. On the island SH 358 becomes Park Road 22. Continue on Park Road 22 for approximately 10 miles to the Malaquite Visitor Center.