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 »
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?
Northern elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris) began breeding at Point Reyes in 1981 after being absent for over 150 years. The population breeds at terrestrial haul out sites at Point Reyes Headland, one of only eleven mainland breeding areas for northern elephant seals in the world. More...