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 »
Critical Culvert Repair will Close Bear Valley Trail for up to Three Weeks Starting September 17, 2012
Contact: John Dell’Osso, 415-464-5135
The Bear Valley Trail will be closed to visitors starting Monday, September 17 for up to three weeks, including weekends, for the replacement of a culvert as well as restoration of a small section of highly eroded creek bank. This closure is required due to partial failure of a culvert which has allowed minor sedimentation into the creek. Additionally, the highly eroded bank repair is required to maintain current alignment and safety of the trail. Hikers and equestrians can still access the first section of Bear Valley Trail from the Trailhead parking area to Mount Wittenberg Trail junction (0.2 miles away). After ascending the Mount Wittenberg Trail, visitors can go onto the Sky Trail then onto Meadow Trail to return to Bear Valley Trail. Visitors are encouraged to pick up a free trail map from the Bear Valley Visitor Center. Bear Valley Creek contains the federally-threatened steelhead trout and this project will improve two distinct areas of steelhead habitat.
The culvert replacement projects would restore or enhance natural hydrologic process by replacing the existing culvert with an 11' x 7' corrugated steel pipe-arch culvert. This culvert will provide improved fish passage while leaving the restored trail essentially unchanged. The lower bank repair will restore a short section of creek bank using log revetment structures to reduce energy during high flow events. The restored creek bank will be planted with native vegetation to improve habitat.
Did You Know?
Elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris)are the largest pinniped with males reaching a maximum of about 5,000 lbs. Harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) are much smaller with both males and females reaching a maximum weight of around 250 lbs. More...