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 »
Drowning Victim Recovered at Point Reyes National Seashore
Contact: John Dell’Osso, 415-464-5135
Contact: Colin Smith, 415-464-5175
On Saturday, June 16, 2007, Vincent Au, 28, of Sunnyvale CA, was swimming with friends in Bass Lake when he disappeared. Bass Lake, located in the southern part of the Point Reyes National Seashore, is a small lake and a very popular swimming hole. National Park Rangers were notified and immediately responded to search the area. The Marin County Sheriff’s Office Dive team was notified and responded to the lake. Despite significant search efforts, Au’s body was not recovered until Friday, June 22, when it resurfaced and was recovered.
“The lake has many submerged trees which complicated the diving efforts,” stated Colin Smith, Chief Ranger at Point Reyes National Seashore. Au’s body was removed by rangers and turned over to the Marin County Coroner’s Office. Point Reyes Park Rangers Bruce Dombrowski and Dan Habig were the incident commanders for the operation which was a cooperative investigation between Point Reyes National Seashore and the Marin County Coroner’s Office.
Did You Know?
Marine biologists have identified nearly a third of all known marine mammal species in the waters surrounding Point Reyes. Blue whales and humpback whales feed here during spring and summer months. Gray whales migrate past our shores twice a year on their round trip from Alaska to Baja. More...