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 »
Point Reyes National Seashore to Conduct Pilot Project to Restore Native Dune Habitat
Contact: Brannon Ketcham, 415-464-5192
Contact: John Dell’Osso, 415-464-5135
During early December, the National Park Service will conduct a pilot restoration project in the coastal dune area near Abbotts Lagoon to test different restoration methods. The project intends to remove invasive European Beachgrass (Ammophila arenaria) to restore natural dune process. This plant species, introduced to the coastal dunes at Point Reyes in the 1940s has taken over much of the dunes along the Great Beach and Limantour.
The Seashore has embarked on a program of restoring its native dune systems and creating resilience to a critical and vulnerable ecosystem through removal of European beachgrass and iceplant, two species that impede natural dune movement and displace native dune plants and animals. These invasive species cover more than 1,500 acres of the coastal dune features along the Point Reyes peninsula. Restoration of the coastal dune habitats at Point Reyes will directly benefit five federally listed species.
The proposed project activities will test production rates and effectiveness of different mechanical treatment methods associated currently considered for large-scale removal of invasive European Beachgrass from the coastal dune habitat. This work coincides with a larger scale restoration project to be conducted in Summer 2010.
Public review and environmental compliance for the proposed project activities have been completed on this project. A Finding of No Significant Impact was signed in June 2009. More information is available on our Coastal Dune Habitat Restoration Project page.
Did You Know?
The Point Reyes Lighthouse was completed in 1870, 16 years after Congress initially appropriated funds for its construction. It still stands in its original location, having weathered over 140 years at what is considered to be the windiest, foggiest location on the US west coast. More...