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 »
Hazardous Surf Conditions for Point Reyes National Seashore
Contact: John Dell'Osso, 415-464-5135
The National Weather Service has issued a high surf advisory which is in effect from 10 am PST on Saturday, January 19 to 4 pm PST on Sunday, January 20. A beach hazards statement has also been issued. This beach hazards statement for sneaker waves is in effect from Friday afternoon through Saturday morning. These warnings apply to all beaches within Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
Sneaker waves can catch beach goers and fishermen by surprise washing them into the sea. As the seas build, expect excessive run up of waves onto beaches as well as strengthening rip currents. People walking along the beach should never turn their back to the ocean. Fishermen should avoid fishing from rocks and jetties. These precautions should always be taken on any beach.
Large swells, locally in the 8 to 10 foot range, will create a dangerous near shore environment. These conditions will result in strong rip currents and possible sneaker waves. Steeper beaches, particularly northwest facing beaches, will see large breaking waves.
For additional information, visit our website at: http://www.nps.gov/pore/planyourvisit/beaches.htm#beachsafety
Did You Know?
Historically, the Humboldt squid were seldom found further north than Baja California. The squid then came north en masse during the 1997/98 El Nino and have maintained a fairly regular presence in the waters off of northern and central California--including Point Reyes--ever since. More...