Operational Changes Took Effect on May 1
The Lighthouse Visitor Center is now only open Fridays through Mondays. The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center will be closed through late December 2013. More »
2013 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 »
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?
Northern elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris) began breeding at Point Reyes in 1981 after being absent for over 150 years. The population breeds at terrestrial haul out sites at Point Reyes Headland, one of only eleven mainland breeding areas for northern elephant seals in the world. More...