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 »
Prescribed Burn Along Sir Francis Drake Highway near Olema Scheduled for Sometime Between June 21 and July 15, 1999
Contact: John Dell'Osso, 415-464-5135
Depending on weather and other environmental variables, the National Park Service is planning to conduct a controlled burn along Sir Francis Drake Highway. The proposed dates for the burn is sometime between June 21 and July 15, 1999. This 8-acre burn is in the old Olema Christmas Tree Farm, located on the north side of Sir Francis Drake Highway around ¾ mile east of Highway One. The purpose of this burn is to reduce hazardous fuels, continue with the site rehabilitation towards a natural state, and to provide a training opportunity for National Park Service, Marin County, and local volunteer wildland firefighters.
Ignition will occur only during daytime hours and there will be no burning on weekends. Burning will be completed over a period of 1-2 days. These days may not necessarily occur back to back.
During the ignition phase of the project, the production of smoke will occur. Wind and weather will be monitored prior to and during the burn, to help minimize the impacts of smoke to local residents. Burning will be done only on permissive burn days when atmospheric conditions allow for smoke dispersal. Traffic control along Sir Francis Drake Highway will be implemented if conditions (visibility) dictate the need.
If you are driving in the area, please exercise caution and watch for fire equipment and personnel working along the road. Also watch out for other drivers who may be watching the burning instead of the road.
Did You Know?
Since the restoration of the Giacomini Wetlands in 2008, the tidewater goby--a federally endangered brackish-water resident fish species--has not only been observed in the newly restored channels and ponds, but in Lagunitas Creek, where it had previously not been documented since 1953. More...