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: Tomales Point
TOMALES POINT (2,781 acres) - This unit encompasses all of the land on Tomales Point north of a fence from Tomales Bay to the Pacific Ocean (in place to create a Tule elk reserve.) It supports grassland, mixed coyote brush scrub, and dense bush lupine stands at the northern tip of the peninsula. In 1978, tule elk were reintroduced to Tomales Point, and in 2006 herd size was approximately 430 animals. Populations of ten plant species of management concern occur in this FMU; six of these are federal Species of Concern and one, Point Reyes blennosperma (Blennosperma nanum), is listed as rare by the state. The historic Pierce Ranch Complex, which has grounds that support a variety of associated invasive non-native plants (e.g., eucalyptus, cape-ivy) is within this FMU.
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Did You Know?
The rich, lush environment of Point Reyes heavily depends on the fog. During rainless summers, fog can account for 1/3 of the ecosystem's water input. But recent studies have indicated that there has been about a 30 percent reduction in fog during the last 100 years here in coastal California. More...