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 »
Historic "J" Ranch Operated by the Kehoe Family, Receives North Bay Dairy of the Year Honors
Contact: John Dell'Osso, 415-464-5135
The Sonoma County Fair will be presenting the Kehoe brothers, Tim, Tom, Mike and their families with the "Outstanding Dairy of the Year" award later this summer, which recognizes the family’s long history of dairy ranching on the Point Reyes Peninsula. The Kehoes have been ranching on the Point Reyes Peninsula since the 1920s.
The Kehoe dairy was originally leased by James Kehoe in 1922 from the Shafter Estate and then purchased in 1939. The ranch was later acquired by the National Park Service, along with other ranches, in what is now Point Reyes National Seashore and has been leased back to the family on a 5–10 year lease, which is renewable, for over 30 years.
The Kehoes operate an organic dairy and also produce 160 acres of silage to feed their herds.
"The Kehoes are one of a number of family ranches that the National Park Service has supported for over 40 years and will continue to support into the future," stated Don Neubacher, Superintendent of Point Reyes National Seashore.
"We get along really well with the National Park Service," explains Tim Kehoe, who says they have been in a lease permit agreement for nearly 35 years. "It’s been a good relationship."
Did You Know?
The rich, lush environment of Point Reyes heavily depends on the fog. During rainless summers, fog can account for 1/3 of the ecosystem's water input. But recent studies have indicated that there has been about a 30 percent reduction in fog during the last 100 years here in coastal California. More...