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 »
Coastal Watershed Restoration Program Construction Updates
Fish passage and estuarine process will be restored. Miles of streams will be available for endangered coho salmon and threatened steelhead trout.
The park has initiated the second and final year of the Coastal Watershed Restoration Project, which includes replacement or removal of culverts and fish passage problems within the Drakes Estero watershed. The project will restore natural stream process and improve fish passage in Laguna, Muddy Hollow, Glenbrook, Home Ranch and East Schooner Creek, which will benefit federally threatened steelhead trout, and potentially endangered coho salmon. In addition, removal of two dams will restore estuarine processes to the inner arms of the Estero de Limantour. The project will also reduce the maintenance demands at Point Reyes, eliminate the risk of major failure of culverts and dams, and increase sustainability, both operationally and ecologically within these small coastal watersheds. Once completed, the entire length of Muddy Hollow creek will be available for fish spawning that should benefit coho salmon and steelhead trout, both federally listed species.
In 2007, the NPS and its contractor, Hanford Construction completed replacement restoration activities at four sites to enhance fish passage and reduce maintenance requirements. In addition to these improvements, the NPS trails program completed two trail reroutes to Estero Trail and Muddy Hollow Trail.
In 2008, project activities are occurring at three locations in the Limantour area between August 1 and October 31. These activities include removal of fill and restoration of estuarine process adjacent to the Limantour Beach parking lot and access.
Updated: October 20, 2008
A temporary access trail now provides public access to Limantour Beach. A temporary trail has been constructed from the parking area to the beach. The temporary detour trail leads from the vault toilets west along the Muddy Hollow Trail to a tidal berm. At this location, tidal gates have been installed and the trail has been placed overtop heading south to a point on the Limantour Spit Trail to allow visitors access to the beach.
Pile driving for the new foot bridge to Limantour Beach is nearly complete. The bridge is scheduled to arrive the week of October 20, and should be in place and open by October 31.
The contractors are staging near the Muddy Hollow Dam and not in the Limantour Beach parking lot. There will be times when trucks will be going from the Limantour Beach Pond Dam to the Muddy Hollow Dam area, but traffic will be infrequent and hopefully there will only be a slight delay and inconvenience to visitors.
There will be ongoing cleanup work going on through mid November, after which, all of the work in the wetland areas will be finished.
Estero Trail Reroute.
Map of new reroute of the Estero Trail (208 KB PDF)
Did You Know?
Four species of pinnipeds (seals and sea lions) rest onshore or breed at Point Reyes: the Northern elephant seal (Mirounga angustirostris), the harbor seal (Phoca vitulina), the California sea lion (Zalophus californianus), and the Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus). More...