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 »
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?
On the Cordell Bank, just 32 kilometers (20 miles) to the west of Point Reyes, there are deep-water corals that are 10 to 15 meters (33 to 50 feet) high and estimated to be over 1500 years old. More...