• The Point Reyes Beach as viewed from the Point Reyes Headlands

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  • 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 »

2009 28th Annual Sand Sculpture Contest

2009 Sand Sculpture Contest: Adult/Family Group Entry #02: Baby Blue, by the Stern and Kellen Families
Adult/Family Group Entry #02: Baby Blue, by the Stern and Kellen Families
 
The 28th Annual Sand Sculpture Contest at Drakes Beach was once again well attended with 63 sculptures entered. Thousands of participants and observers showed up to enjoy a day that started out foggy and cool, but then turned sunny as the fog burned off.
 

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If you have a photo of any of the sand sculptures listed below or if you know the identity of any of the Unidentified Sculptures, please contact us. Thank you.

  • Children’s Group 2nd Place Winner: Entry #05: Love at First Bite, by Claire and Mariah
  • Adult/Family Group Entry #05: Grannie Chair, by Dolores Lapelt
  • Adult/Family Group Entry #34: Untitled sculpture, by Morgan Cantrell
  • Adult/Family Group Entry #36: Pirate Doug, by Jennifer Jackson
  • Adult Individual Entry #02: Heart of the Ocean, by Deserae Lyons
  • Children’s Group Entry #16: Panda, by Rob
  • Children’s Group Entry #17: Pyramid, by Graham

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Did You Know?

Four tidewater gobies (small brackish-water fish) in a hand. Credit: Cassandra Brooks/NPS.

Since the restoration of the Giacomini Wetlands in 2008, the tidewater goby--a federally endangered brackish-water resident fish species--has not only been observed in the newly restored channels and ponds, but in Lagunitas Creek, where it had previously not been documented since 1953. More...