Operational Changes Took Effect on May 1
The Lighthouse Visitor Center is now only open Fridays through Mondays. The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center will be closed through late December 2013. More »
2013 Harbor Seal Pupping Season Closures
From March 1 through June 30, the park implements closures of certain Tomales Bay beaches and Drakes Estero to water-based recreation to protect harbor seals during the pupping season. Please avoid disturbing seals to ensure a successful pupping season. More »
Fire Management Units: Palomarin
PALOMARIN (2,021 acres) - Beginning in the Philip Burton Wilderness Area near Double Point, this unit follows the coastline to the southeast to the U.S. Coast Guard property, then runs inland on the northeast side of Mesa Road. This unit supports primarily mixed coastal scrub and grasslands. The area flanking the Palomarin trailhead is characterized by an exceptional diversity of nonnative plants, including eucalyptus, French broom, cape-ivy (Delairea odorata), pittosporum (Pittosporum oblongata), periwinkle (Vinca major), Harding grass (Phalaris aquaticus), kikuyu grass (Pennisetum clandestinum), oblong spurge (Euphorbia oblongata), and others. Three plant species of management concern are located in the Palomarin FMU.
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Did You Know?
Elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris)are the largest pinniped with males reaching a maximum of about 5,000 lbs. Harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) are much smaller with both males and females reaching a maximum weight of around 250 lbs. More...