Laws & Policies
On this page, you will find the legislation establishing Point Reyes National Seashore and designating Wilderness within the National Seashore, along with documents detailing the Rules and Regulations for the National Seashore. Check out our Park Regulations page in the Plan Your Visit section for an overview of the rules that apply to most visitor activities.
LEGISLATION ESTABLISHING NATIONAL SEASHORE AND WILDERNESS
[An Act] To designate certain lands within units of the National Park System as wilderness: to revise the boundaries of certain of those units; and for other purposes. Designation of the Clem Miller Environmental Education Center. - Public Law 94-567 - October 20, 1976 (25 KB PDF)
Superintendent's Compendium - updated March 13, 2015 (87 PDF)
Map of Seal Protection Closures at the western end of Limantour Spit March 1–June 30 (104 KB PDF)
Current Temporary Closures
Point Reyes Beach Temporary Beach Closure - August 29 through August 30, 2015; and September 5 through September 7, 2015 [i.e., Labor Day weekend]
A temporary closure of the Woodpecker Trail is in effect until further notice in order to complete necessary hazard tree(s) mitigation and potential trail re-route to maintain public health and safety. Due to the presence of these hazardous conditions, use of the trail by anyone is not safe until these hazards are mitigated.
Determination of Temporary Trail Closure - July 14, 2015 (28 KB PDF)
The Determinations of Temporary Closures Archive page contains information about temporary closures that are no longer in effect.
MARINE LIFE PROTECTION ACT
Marine Protected Areas are marine or estuarine areas set aside to protect or conserve marine life and habitat. Marine protected areas in the waters adjacent to Point Reyes National Seashore went into effect on May 1, 2010. Visit our Marine Life Protection Act page for more information.