Bird Island Basin

R.V. and Tent Camping

Bird Island Basin is a great location to set up camp on the Laguna Madre waters. There are no hook-ups at this waterside campground at the Padre Island National Seashore. Chemical toilets are available for both the R.V. sites and separately for the tent campsites. Also about 3-4 miles away at the Malaquite Visitors Center there are first class shower and restroom facilities. Tent camping at Bird Island Basin is right on the edge of the Laguna Madre. Separate parking is reserved for registered tent campers. Camping fees apply in addition to the Bird Island Basin fee and the Padre Island National Seashore entrance fee.

Things to Do at Bird Island Basin

Padre Island National Seashores access to the flat waters of the Laguna Madre has been reconized at one of the best windsurfing locations in the USA. Bird Island Basin has year round wind and also warm water for 9 months of the year. Windsurfing rentals are available at Bird Island Basin as well as windsurfing lessons.

While camping at Bird Island Basin at the Padre Island National Seashore fishing is readily available. Wade fishing is front of the campground provides easy access to fishing for redfish, flounder, speckeled trout and other fish. Kayak rentals are also available at the "Worldwinds" facility on site at Bird Island Basin.

Wildlife is abundant throughout the Padre Island National Seashore. Visitors can enjoy seeing deer, coyotes, multiple species of birds in the wetlands or beach shorelines, as well as more animals. Hiking, bicycling or walking through the Padre Island National Seashore is a great way to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the park.

Bird Island Basin Boat Ramp

Padre Island National Seashore has access to the Laguna Madre waters through the boats ramps at Bird Island Basin. The Boat Ramps are located separately from the campground at Bird Island Basin limiting traffic through the campground. There is a plenty of parking at the boat ramps for day use (day fee or annual pass required) but the boat ramp parking can still fill up quickly. Spring and fall usually is the busiest as anglers use Bird Island Basin as a closer entry point to access the legendary Baffin Bay in search of trophy trout.

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