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 »
Limantour Beach Entrance Improvements Completed
Contact: John Golda, 415-464-5143
This week Point Reyes National Seashore completed site improvements at the Limantour Beach area of the park. Site improvements were performed to enhance the access and visitor restroom area. The park receives 2.3 million visitors annually and Limantour Beach receives close to 200,000 visitors each year. Superintendent Don Neubacher stated, "The park appreciated the public working with us as the site was restored and improved. We realize the work inconvenienced some park visitors but has created a vast improvement to the area."
Paved, disabled access parking and improved access to the restrooms was completed. Wood benches were also made and installed by park Facilities Management staff for visitors and a shower was installed to wash off sandy feet. In addition, steps to the main complex were installed to improve visitor safety and the area was landscaped with native plant species.
Before the National Seashore was established, the Limantour Beach area was once slated for more than 1,200 housing units and a commercial strip by the Drakes Beach Estates, Inc. The first lots were sold in 1960. Since the park acquired the lands, the park has provided recreational access and conducted restoration of stream and dune systems.