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 »
Hazardous Surf Conditions for Point Reyes National Seashore on Monday, February 13, 2012
Contact: John A. Dell'Osso, 415-464-5135
The National Weather Service report for this morning has issued a high surf advisory which is in effect from 3 p.m. PST this afternoon to 3 a.m. PST Tuesday, February 14.
These conditions will result in strong rip currents and possible sneaker waves. Steeper beaches, particularly northwest facing beaches, will see large breaking waves.
Large northwesterly swells, locally in the 12 to 14 foot range, will create a dangerous near shore environment. These conditions will result in strong rip currents and sneaker waves. Use extreme caution along the shoreline. Breakers could reach up to 17 feet.
Did You Know?
In addition to raising sea levels and temperatures, the increased concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is changing ocean chemistry by reducing the pH of the ocean. This decreased pH reduces the availability of minerals which marine organisms use to build shells and reef structures. More...