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 »
Red Flag Fire Alert Issued for September 14, 2003 for Point Reyes National Seashore
Contact: David Schifsky, 415-464-5178
Point Reyes National Seashore Superintendent Don Neubacher, stated today is a Red Flag Alert day within the Seashore due to the potential high fire danger. Superintendent Neubacher explained, "Seashore staff has gained a heightened awareness of the impact of a major uncontrolled wildfire."
A Red Flag Alert is defined by the National Weather Service and has a number of variables related to fire weather and predicted weather conditions for the day. Several steps of action will occur within the Seashore boundaries: 1) no wood or charcoal fires will be allowed on beaches or in picnic areas; 2) all previously issued fire permits become null and void; 3) Mt. Vision Road will be closed to all vehicle traffic; and 4) smoking will be prohibited on park trails. Red Flag Alerts are issued on a daily basis, since fire weather can change from day to day.
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...