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 »
Salmon Restoration Project at Point Reyes National Seashore
Contact: John Dell'Osso, 415-464-5135
The National Park Service's Coho and Steelhead Restoration project has completed a fish passage structure for steelhead and coho salmon on Blue Line Creek in Point Reyes National Seashore. This project is part of an on-going effort by the National Park Service to improve habitat for these endangered species.
During the early 1930s, a culvert was placed on Blue Line Creek during the construction of Highway 1. This culvert effectively isolated the upper watershed from use by coho salmon and steelhead as they were unable to swim up the culvert during the relatively low flow periods of early winter. Completion of this project will once again allow coho salmon to access the upper 2.5 miles of the watershed.
Coho or silver salmon were listed as federally-threatened species in 1996 along with steelhead trout. There has been a 94% decline in coho salmon statewide since the 1940s and the watersheds around Point Reyes National Seashore contain approximately 10% of the coho salmon in central California.
The Blue Line Creek watershed has also been used by steelhead trout as a spawning and rearing area. This stream is very productive and should be capable of producing large numbers of both coho and steelhead fry. With the completion of this project it is hoped that coho salmon and steelhead trout will reestablish a viable spawning and rearing population in the Olema Valley watershed.
Did You Know?
Four species of pinnipeds (seals and sea lions) rest onshore or breed at Point Reyes: the Northern elephant seal (Mirounga angustirostris), the harbor seal (Phoca vitulina), the California sea lion (Zalophus californianus), and the Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus). More...