Point Reyes Headlands Winter Shuttle Bus System
On weekends & holidays, Sir Francis Drake Boulevard is closed beyond the South Beach Road junction from 9 am to 5:30 pm during favorable weather conditions. Bus service to the Lighthouse & Chimney Rock is provided from Drakes Beach. More »
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 »
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 »
Seashore to Remove Dilapidated and Unsafe Buildings
Contact: John Dell'Osso, 415-464-5135
Point Reyes National Seashore announced that funding has been secured to remove the deteriorated and unsafe buildings located at Jensen’s Oyster Beds, formerly known as Hamlet, located north of Marshall on Highway One. Three of the old buildings collapsed over the past year. The 40-acre parcel of land (21 acres of which are tideland) was purchased by the National Park Service for inclusion in Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) in the 198os. The area is administered by Point Reyes National Seashore. To chronicle the history of the area, all of the buildings and structures have been photo documented and a historic study has been completed.
Once the site has been cleared of debris it will be restored and the area will be allowed to have vegetation return. The site will continue to be available to the public. The site is along Tomales Bay near the Walker Creek delta and has spectacular views of the Bay and of migratory shorebirds and waterfowl. Trail access is planned for the site at a later date.
Public hearings for this decision were held in 1997 and comments received stated that the structures should be removed and low-impact, public access to the site would be desirable. It wasn’t until this past year that funding was received to carry out the removal of the buildings. Removal of the structures will begin the week of October 6, 2003.
Did You Know?
40 percent of all debris items picked up during California Coastal Cleanup Days are cigarette butts. In 2008, volunteers picked up over 340,000 of them in only three hours. 2008 was the 24th straight year in which cigarette butts were the most numerous debris item picked up. More...