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 »
Point Reyes National Seashore Oil Incident on January 17, 1998
Contact: John Dell'Osso, 415-464-5135
Since Saturday, January 17th, oil and oiled birds have been washing ashore at Point Reyes National Seashore. This is the second incident of this kind in the past two months. Sparsely scattered tar balls have been found on Drakes and North Beaches. The Seashore and its beaches have remained open to the public for usual recreational activities. The efforts for this incident are winding down but the beaches will continue to be monitored for several days.
Aggressive investigative efforts are underway by the Coast Guard and California Department of Fish and Game Oil Spill Prevention Response (OSPR), to analyze samples and identify potential sources of the oil. Additionally, Coast Guard specialists are preparing trajectory analyses and developing response strategies.
Anyone with information that may assist the investigation should call either the Department of Fish and Game’s CalTIP hotline at 888-DFG-CALTIP (334-2258), or the Coast Guard Command Duty Officer at (510) 437-3073. Callers may remain anonymous.
Wildlife impact, to date:
Oiled wildlife should be reported to Point Reyes National Seashore, at (415) 663-8525.
Did You Know?
Elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris)are the largest pinniped with males reaching a maximum of about 5,000 lbs. Harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) are much smaller with both males and females reaching a maximum weight of around 250 lbs. More...