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.


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 beach area between the North Beach parking lot and the mouth of Abbotts Lagoon will be in effect to better ensure the survival of federally-threatened western snowy plover nests and chicks within this area during the busy weekend. All public use shall be prohibited. Reproductive monitoring of western snowy plovers at Point Reyes has previously demonstrated that chick mortality is higher on weekend days than weekdays. Disturbance by park visitors in plover breeding areas can separate chicks from the adults, and the chicks may then not be able to forage efficiently, thermoregulate properly, and hide from predators. In 2013, for example, of the 11 newly hatched chicks in the proposed closure area, only 3 survived past the July 4 weekend. At this point of the 2015 breeding season, few chicks have survived to fledging age and additional protection measures are needed to assist in chick survival and the persistence of the Point Reyes western snowy plover population.

Woodpecker Trail Closure - From July 14, 2015, until further notice
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The Determinations of Temporary Closures Archive page contains information about temporary closures that are no longer in effect.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 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.


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