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 »
Fourth of July 1998 Beach Closures
Contact: Frank Dean, 415-464-5100
Point Reyes National Seashore announced today that two beaches in the park, Drakes Beach and Limantour Beach, will close at 8 pm on the Fourth of July. The evening closures were implemented due to past holidays when very large crowds and widespread use of alcohol and illegal fireworks resulted in an environment potentially hazardous to park visitors.
Point Reyes National Seashore joins many other parks in the San Francisco Bay Area in enforcing a ban on all fireworks throughout the Seashore. The Seashore hosts an incredible diversity of wildlife that can be seriously impacted by the noise of fireworks. Because of recent wildfire, the park is asking all visitors to be especially “fire safe” this year and help to ensure no wildfires are started. All visitors to Point Reyes National Seashore are encouraged to be extremely cautious due to the thick vegetation cover this year.
No alcohol will be permitted on either Drakes or Limantour Beaches on Saturday, July 4. Superintendent Don Neubacher stated, “We strive to ensure park visitors may enjoy a safe and fun Fourth of July, and that the park’s sensitive wildlife. Drakes Beach has traditionally been popular with the local community and we welcome visitors and families to park beaches for a safe holiday.”
For more information, please contact the Ranger Office at (415) 464-5170. The Seashore asks everyone's cooperation for a safe and fun-filled Fourth of July.
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...