General Camping Information

Camping in the park is open year-round, however, primitive beach camping may close temporarily due to hazardous conditions such as coastal flooding. Check the weather report and tide chart before your visit.

All camping in the park, including at developed campgrounds, is first come, first served. No reservations are accepted.

Park entrance fees are required. A seven-day pass or annual pass are required for overnight stays.

Self-issues camping permits are required:

  • To camp at Malaquite Campground or Bird Island Basin Campground, fill out a camping permit and pay your camping fee at the self-registration kiosk at the entrance to the campground.

  • To camp on North Beach, South Beach, or Yarborough Pass, fill out a free self-issued camping permit in the kiosk at the entrance of the beach. Camping is not permitted on Malaquite Beach.

No electric or water hook-ups are available in the park. A RV dump station and freshwater filling station is located next to the entrance of Malaquite Campground. It is available for all park visitors to use.

The Park Store sells bags of ice, snacks, sunscreen, bug spray and other toiletries at the visitor center daily, 9 am to 5 pm.

No firewood, fishing licenses, gas, or mail services are available in the park. These services are available 13 miles north of the park.


Campsites with trailers and tents, picnic tables with shelters, and the gulf just barely visible
Malaquite Campground

Located on the gulf side of the island just north of the visitor center, it is just a short walk from this campground to the beach.

A tent pitched on a grassy area next to a picnic table with the laguna just barely visible.
Bird Island Basin Campground

Located next to the calm waters of the laguna, this campground is a great place for tent or RV camping.


Primitive Beach Camping

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    Last updated: July 20, 2023

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    P.O. Box 181300
    Corpus Christi, TX 78480


    (361) 949-8068
    Malaquite Visitor Center information line.

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