2014 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 »
2014 Winter Shuttle Bus Operations Have Ended
March 30, 2014, was the last day for the 2014 Winter Shuttle Bus System. Sir Francis Drake Blvd. is open daily from now through late December 2014. More »
Operational Changes Took Effect on May 1, 2013
The Lighthouse Visitor Center is now only open Fridays through Mondays; closed Tuesdays through Thursdays, including Thanksgiving. The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center is open on weekends and holidays when shuttles are operating. More »
Coastal Dune Habitat Restoration Project: What to Expect During Construction
coastal dune habitat restoration project includes:
Potential temporary impacts of construction include:
Construction equipment will generate noise, some of which may be audible to park visitors, especially in the vicinity of Abbotts Lagoon. Construction activities will include excavation and grading in areas south of Abbott's Lagoon.
Work at the site will occur between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. There will be no work on weekends or government holidays without specific approval advance notification.
In addition, construction equipment will be transported to and from the project site which could generate noise and/or intermittent traffic delays along local roadways. Traffic delays will involve flagmen stopping traffic in one or both directions as trucks and other equipment enter or exit the site along Sir Francis Drake Boulevard near the North District Operations Center. This should cause no more than a 5-minute delay. Transportation of equipment should occur primarily at the beginning and end of the construction period. There will be no transportation of equipment on weekends or government holidays.
During restoration, some sections of the beach south of Abbotts Lagoon may need to be closed temporarily to ensure that public safety is not endangered by hazardous conditions that can occur during construction periods. The Park Service and contractors request that visitors strictly adhere to beach closure signs or information indicating active construction areas because these areas may not be safe for public visitation. The Park Service will strive to ensure that affected sections of beach and dunes are closed for the minimal time necessary to complete construction.
Did You Know?
So many California red-legged frogs were caught for consumption in the late 1800's that their numbers declined throughout California. So bullfrogs were imported from the east to help meet the demand. But bullfrogs are voracious predators and helped drive the red-legged frog population lower yet. More...