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 »
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.
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