Point Reyes Headlands Winter Shuttle Bus System
On weekends & holidays, Sir Francis Drake Boulevard is closed beyond the South Beach Road junction from 9 am to 5:30 pm during favorable weather conditions. Bus service to the Lighthouse & Chimney Rock is provided from Drakes Beach. More »
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 »
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 »
Giacomini Land Exchange - Notifications and Maps 2006
In February 2000, the National Park Service acquired the 563-acre Giacomini Ranch at fair-market value for the purpose of restoring the historic coastal marsh at the confluence of Lagunitas Creek with Tomales Bay. At the time of the purchase, the Giacomini’s only offered certain parcels to the Park Service for potential sale, as they wished to retain many of the parcels adjacent to the town of Point Reyes Station. As part of the final negotiated purchase agreement, the Giacomini family retained some "lowland" parcels that are contiguous with the pastures on the West Pasture (near Inverness Park), and the Park Service retained a portion of the Dairy Facility on the higher elevation Point Reyes Mesa that fronts C Street in Point Reyes Station.
In 2006 the National Park Service initiated a land exchange process with publication of the Initial Notice of Realty Action (17 KB PDF). Based upon review of public comments received during the review period, the National Park Service reinitiated negotiations with the Giacomini Trust resulting in a reduced scale from that originally proposed.
In January 2010, the National Park Service completed a land exchange with the Giacomini Family Trust. The Final Notice of Realty Action (17 KB PDF) was published in the Marin IJ on February 26, 2010. Consistent with the original intent, this land exchange will:
The original land exchange proposed 2006 was identified and evaluated as a cumulative impact topic in the Giacomini Wetland Restoration FEIS/FEIR. The revised land exchange agreement is reduced in scale from the 2006 proposal, and is consistent with the NEPA findings made at that time. A link to the map depicting the revised land exchange agreement is included below.
As part of the planning process, the Park Service has conducted extensive surveys and planning associated with the restoration of natural hydrologic and ecological process to the Giacomini Wetland Restoration Project Area and has determined that this land exchange would significantly further the goals of the restoration project. The properties acquired by the National Park Service are immediately adjacent to the restored wetland and tidal marsh habitat, but were avoided during the restoration activities. The acquisition of these parcels will facilitate opportunity for additional minor actions on the newly acquired parcels which will enhance the overall function of the restored area.
Listed below are the documents associated with the land exchange.
Map: NPS and Giacomini Exchange - January 5, 2010 (736 KB PDF)
Land Exchange Update Letter - June 1, 2006 (14 KB PDF)
Summary of Giacomini Land Exchange - March 2, 2006 (15 KB PDF)
Notification of Proposed Land Exchanges between the United States and Private Landowners (Giacomini and Pasternak), Golden Gate National Recreation Area Extension of Review Date to March 24, 2006 - February 23, 2006 (17 KB PDF)
2006 Notice of Realty Action - January 12, 2006 (17 KB PDF)
2006 Notice of Realty Action - Map 1: Overview Map of the Giacomini Wetlands - January 12, 2006 (681 KB PDF)
2006 Notice of Realty Action - Map 2: Detail Map of Properties to be Exchanged - January 12, 2006 (656 KB PDF)
Did You Know?
The Point Reyes Lighthouse was completed in 1870, 16 years after Congress initially appropriated funds for its construction. It still stands in its original location, having weathered over 140 years at what is considered to be the windiest, foggiest location on the US west coast. More...