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 »
2011 30th Annual Sand Sculpture Contest
The 30th Annual Sand Sculpture Contest at Drakes Beach was once again well attended with a 61 sculptures entered. Thousands of participants and observers showed up to enjoy an overcast, mild day at the beach.
If you notice any errors in sculpture or artist names, or if you have digital images of the missing photos listed below, please contact us.
Missing and Unidentified Photos
Unfortunately, we didn't get photographs of all of the sculptures, and not all of the contestants provided us with the names of their sculptures. If you have a photo of any of the sand sculptures listed below, if you know the identity of any of the Unidentified Sculptures, or if you have a photo of "Octomom" with the children located at the end of each tentacle, please contact us. Thank you.
2011 Sand Sculpture Award Results
Adult/Family Group Category
Did You Know?
Although white sharks are amongst the most massive and mobile predators in the world, recent research indicates that the white sharks found in the waters off of California are genetically distinct and follow a strict and isolating migration path between California and the Hawaii region. More...