Operational Changes Took Effect on May 1
The Lighthouse Visitor Center is now only open Fridays through Mondays. The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center will be closed through late December 2013. More »
2013 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 »
Update on Bear Valley Trail Closure: Extended to November 3rd
Contact: John Dell'Osso, 415-464-5135
A small section of the Bear Valley Trail will be closed to visitors from Monday, October 23 – Friday, November 3, 2006, including this coming weekend, for the replacement of a culvert. This closure is a result of 2006 storm damage that the Seashore received funding for. Hikers and equestrians can still access the first section of Bear Valley Trail from the Trailhead parking area to Mount Wittenberg Trail junction. After ascending the Mount Wittenberg Trail, visitors can go onto the Sky Trail then onto Meadow Trail to return to Bear Valley Trail. Visitors are encouraged to pick up a free trail map from the BearValleyVisitorCenter. Bear Valley Creek contains the federally-threatened steelhead trout and this project will remove a significant fish passage obstruction.
The culvert replacement projects would restore or enhance natural hydrologic process by replacing the existing culvert with a 14’ x 10’ multi-plate arched culvert. The park has been evaluating all possible rehabilitation options for this trail crossing and determined that the undersized culvert needs to be replaced with a multi-plate arch culvert. As a result of site surveys and additional damage to the trail as a result of the winter 2006 storms, the Seashore has had to resolve the flooding concerns at this site to accommodate a 100-year flood event.
Did You Know?
Historically, the Humboldt squid were seldom found further north than Baja California. The squid then came north en masse during the 1997/98 El Nino and have maintained a fairly regular presence in the waters off of northern and central California--including Point Reyes--ever since. More...