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
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
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.