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 »
Storm Forces 42-foot Schooner to Wreck on Drakes Beach
Contact: John Dell'Osso, 415-464-5135
Yesterday’s massive southern storm caused a 42-foot Alden Schooner to wreck on Drakes Beach within Point Reyes National Seashore. Heavy rains and strong winds up to 60 mph forced the vessel to be tossed on to the beach yesterday morning. The vessel, Sunshine, is now stranded on the upper beach near the Drakes Beach Visitor Center. The vessel’s home port is Bodega Bay, California and according to reports was on its way to Florida.
Park rangers and salvage specialists are now removing approximately 60 gallons of diesel fuel. Today Parker Dive Salvage specialists are on scene recommending to the owner and the Park Service on how to remove the vessel. The vessel may have a cracked hull and removing it from the beach is estimated at $35,000. Costs from the removal will be billed to the owner of the vessel. The vessel was not insured.
This is the fourth vessel to strand on National Seashore beaches in the last four months. Drakes Beach receives 300,000 visitors annually and is considered one of the park’s most scenic areas. Point Reyes National Seashore receives approximately 2.5 million visitors per year.
Did You Know?
As of 2012, Point Reyes National Seashore has installed solar panels on fifteen park buildings, from which the park receives close to 30 percent of the energy it uses. More...