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 »
Point Reyes National Seashore will Support Some State Park Operations in Order to Protect National Resources
Contact: John Dell’Osso, 415-464-5135
Point Reyes National Seashore will provide enhanced law enforcement, support maintenance operations and provide natural resources protection within Tomales Bay and Samuel P. Taylor State Parks, announced today by National Park Service (NPS) Superintendent Don Neubacher.
Point Reyes National Seashore administers over 95,000 acres of interlocking county, state and national parks and private lands within a Congressionally legislated national park boundary in Marin County. Since the development in 1994 of the Final Report: California Coordinating Committee on Operational Efficiencies, Point Reyes, Tomales Bay and Samuel P. Taylor management have developed a strong partnership with integrated park operations.
"The result of the state park budget crisis and the reductions in state park services within our partnership will adversely affect NPS resources and visitors’ experience to Point Reyes National Seashore," said Point Reyes National Seashore Superintendent Don Neubacher.
NPS will provide staff and support for one year to the operations at these two state park units because it envisions direct and detrimental impacts to national park resources if they are not protected.
Working with California State Parks, NPS support will allow public access to beach and key recreation entry points; open restrooms and campground loops; and provide public safety and resource protection in these areas that straddle NPS and state park boundaries.
Did You Know?
Harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) are present in the waters of Point Reyes year round. Every spring, approximately 7,000 harbor seals, or 20% of the mainland California breeding population, haul out on the beaches of Point Reyes. Look for them in the esteros and in Tomales Bay and Bolinas Lagoon. More...