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 at Point Reyes National Seashore for October 21 & 22, 2013
Contact: John Dell'Osso, 415-464-5135
The National Weather Service has issued a beach hazards statement for sneaker waves, strong rip currents, and large surf, which is in effect through Tuesday afternoon, from Sonoma County south to Monterey County.
* TIMING: The swell train will arrive late Sunday evening and will persist through at least Tuesday afternoon.
* IMPACTS: Sneaker waves which are capable of washing people into the ocean from beaches and rocks, along with strong rip currents and large surf may occur.
A beach hazard statement means that potentially dangerous conditions may exist on specific beaches, especially Point Reyes Beach North and South. These hazards may include large shore break, strong rip currents and possibly sneaker waves. All of which could be life threatening. Be sure to always keep your eyes on the ocean.
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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...