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 »
Point Reyes National Seashore Storm Update - February 6, 2007
Contact: John Dell'Osso, 415-464-5135
Last night during the storm, Point Reyes National Seashore sustained winds up to 82 mph at the Point Reyes Headlands. Due to the heavy rainfall over the past several days, a number of slides throughout the Seashore have occurred due to the heavy precipitation. Along Limantour Road strong gusts of wind downed well over 200 trees. The fallen trees have created a hazardous condition on the roadway.
All trails and campgrounds in the National Seashore will remain closed through Sunday and visitors are advised to use extreme caution while in the park. The Palomarin trailhead is closed due to mud slides along the road. The potential for additional trees falling is very high and the weather forecasts for this coming weekend are calling for additional storms with large swells along the surf.
The weekend Point Reyes Headlands shuttle bus operation is canceled for Saturday and visitors should call the Bear Valley Visitor Center at (415) 663-1092 to find out about Sunday’s shuttle.
Early this morning, a 75 foot section of pier located near Chimney Rock, collapsed into Drakes Bay. This left an individual stranded on the portion of the docks that remained intact, but he could not get back to shore. The first attempt to rescue him with a helicopter was unsuccessful due to high winds. As the winds diminished, a window of opportunity allowed the U.S. Coast Guard helicopter from San Francisco to rescue the man.
Acting Superintendent Frank Dean stated, “The public should exercise caution until the weather improves.”
Did You Know?
Historically, the Humboldt squid were seldom found further north than Baja California. The squid then came north en masse during the 1997/98 El Nino and have maintained a fairly regular presence in the waters off of northern and central California--including Point Reyes--ever since. More...