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 »
All Park Roads are currently open.
The 2014 Winter Shuttle Bus System ended on Sunday, March 30, 2014.
In spring, there are plenty of opportunities to see a wide range of animals. Elephant seal pups are still hauled out on beaches near Chimney Rock, and adult females return later in spring to molt their skin. Gray whales are migrating past the point on their way to the Bering and Chukchi seas. Many species of birds migrate from, to, or past Point Reyes during the spring. Tule elk can be seen year-round on Tomales Point. Please visit our Wildlife Viewing page for more information.
From March 1 through June 30, an annual recreational closure of Drakes Estero is implemented to protect the harbor seals during their pupping season, a very sensitive time of the year for these pinnipeds. The closure applies to kayak and canoe usage but is applicable to surfers, windsurfers, abalone divers, recreational fishing, and other water sport users around harbor seal colonies in the area. The western most point of Limantour Spit is also closed to all human activity during the pupping season. Hog Island in Tomales Bay is closed during this same time period protection of harbor seal pupping areas, as well as for nesting and roosting sea birds such as double-crested cormorants and brown pelicans.
The Bear Valley Visitor Center and the Lighthouse Visitor Center are open throughout the year. Since 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. Visitor Center Winter Hours took effect on Sunday, November 3, 2013. The more...
The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach will be closed seven days a week through late May 2014, and is tentatively scheduled to reopen for weekends during the summer (Memorial Day through Labor Day).
Drakes Beach Café is indefinitely closed.
Weather & Tides
Did You Know?
Elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris) regularly plunge to depths of 2000 feet to find food, but even far below the ocean's surface they are affected by warming temperatures and melting Antarctic ice. More...