Operational Changes Took Effect on May 1
The Lighthouse Visitor Center is now only open Fridays through Mondays; closed Tuesdays through Thursdays, including Thanksgiving. The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center will be closed through late December, reopening weekends and holidays on December 28. More »
Visitor Center Winter Hours
Visitor Center Winter Hours took effect on Sunday, November 3, 2013. More »
Reading Room: Photographs and Videos
The photographs and video clips on this page have been requested by members of the public or media and are now being provided to the general public. Most of the photographs were taken with a remote wildlife monitoring camera positioned in Drakes Estero from 2007 through 2010. For more information about how the park monitors wildlife with remote cameras, visit our Wildlife Monitoring and Wildlife Viewing Camera Systems at Point Reyes National Seashore: Frequently Asked Questions page. The video clips were taken in 2008 of Drakes Estero and are associated with the Upper Drakes Estero Harbor Seal and Oyster Activity Data found in the Other Documents of Interest page. Because of the large number of photographs associated with this page, some photos may not be available at this time. This website will be updated with additional photographs regularly.
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Did You Know?
Northern elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris) began breeding at Point Reyes in 1981 after being absent for over 150 years. The population breeds at terrestrial haul out sites at Point Reyes Headland, one of only eleven mainland breeding areas for northern elephant seals in the world. More...