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Bird Island Basin Campground — Padre Island National Seashore

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National Park Service

Padre Island National Seashore

Bird Island Basin lies along Laguna Madre with easy access for fishing, birding, windsurfing, and kayaking. There are 35 RV and tent sites and 10 additional tent-only sites. All sites are side by side on gravel. The tent-only sites are walk up to a sand flat. This area is also for day use activities. Vault toilets are available at the north and south ends with day use areas in between.

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Location

Bird Island Basin Campground — Padre Island National Seashore is located in Texas

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Directions

From the park entrance station, travel south on Park Road 22 for 0.8 miles (1.2 km). Turn right on Bird Island Basin Road. Travel 1.4 miles (2.2 km) to the campground. Bird Island Basin Campground is located 4.4 miles (7 km) northwest of the Malaquite Visitor Center.

Address

Padre Island National Seashore 20420 Park Road 22
Corpus christi, TX 78418

Coordinates

27.466794 N
97.313693 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site

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  • WiFi
    Available
  • Verizon
    Available
  • AT&T
    Fair
  • T-Mobile
    Available

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)

Features

For Campers

  • Market
  • Trash
  • Drinking Water
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol

For Vehicles

  • Big Rig Friendly

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David S.
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2023

Windy

It’s windy most of the time. Perfect for windsurfing and fishing. There’s about a 50 foot waist high depth off of your campsite which is right next to the water. the wind is brutal to tents so be weary.

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Roger W.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2023

Tight but on the water - Wind Surfers Paradise

BIRD BASIN: (Scale 1- bad, 5-Very good 70 yr olds in 17’ trailer:

Overall Rating: 3.5 Usage during visit: full every night Site Privacy: 2 Site Spacing: 1. Tight. Campground Noise 4 Road Noise: 5.
Bathroom Cleanliness:5. Nice pit toilets Cell Service (Verizon): 0 to 1 bars Setting: on bayside , nice sunsets out the back door ! Weather: Windy - great for wind surfing Solar: 5. Excellent Host: 5. Excellent Location: On the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Laguna Madre ASSESSMENT: Nice people here all, around. Spots are too tight for our liking . Be prepared for wind, wind. I think Malaquite is nicer, especially sites on the sand dune side.

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Month of VisitMarch
Linda G.
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2022

Laid back and peaceful

With national senior park lifetime pass, $4/night. No amenities but there is a dump station and fresh water. Quiet. Peaceful. Place we enjoy. 10' from the water. Beautiful!!

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Month of VisitMarch
Cireena K.
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2020

Nice and Calm

After spending time at PINS with the surf and soft sans, this was a good, calm change. The cost is less that the other side of the island, but it's so much better.

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Dan D.
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2019

Hidden Oasis

Can’t say enough good things about this place. First time to Texas and was pleasantly surprised with the national park and this specific camp ground. The beach was closed for camping (September 17-21) due to high tides so I decided to stay at bird island basin. 20+ RV spots (without electric hookup so bring that generator) and a designated tent camping area on a small beach in the back of the grounds. Toilets at either side of the camp ground. Boat ramp and kayak launch 100 yards from the tent camping area. Also, if you’re a windsurfer, their is a rental shop and world class windsurfing 5 ft from your camp ground. I stayed for 5 nights and the cost was 40$ plus the 10$ park entrance fee for a weeks access. The intercoastal channel runs directly parallel to the beach and its teeming with redfish and plenty other species of saltwater fish. Showers are a 2 minute drive down the road to Malaquite beach and they also have a gift shop that sells ice (7.50 for 20 lbs). The only downside is their is no cell service until you leave the national park and the closest gas station and reasonably priced ice is 12 miles away. Also bring a canopy because their are only 3 spots with shade and they fill up fast.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does Bird Island Basin Campground — Padre Island National Seashore have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Bird Island Basin Campground — Padre Island National Seashore does not have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at Bird Island Basin Campground — Padre Island National Seashore?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is available, AT&T is fair, and T-Mobile is available.