On this page, you will find the legislation establishing Point Reyes National Seashore and designating Wilderness within the National Seashore, along with documents detailing the Rules and Regulations for the National Seashore. Check out our Park Regulations page in the Plan Your Visit section for an overview of the rules that apply to most visitor activities.
Legislation Establishing the National Seashore and Wilderness
Public Law 87-657 (S.476) - An Act to establish the Point Reyes National Seashore in the State of California, and for other purposes - signed into law on September 13, 1962
Enabling Legislation and Amendments U.S. Code Title 16, Chapter 1, Subchapter LXIII, Sec. 459c. (35 KB PDF)
An Act to designate certain lands in the Point Reyes National Seashore as Wilderness - Public Law 94-544 - Oct. 18, 1976 (16 KB PDF)
[An Act] To designate certain lands within units of the National Park System as wilderness: to revise the boundaries of certain of those units; and for other purposes. Designation of the Clem Miller Environmental Education Center. - Public Law 94-567 - October 20, 1976 (36 KB PDF)
An Act to designate the wilderness in the Point Reyes National Seashore in California as the Phillip Burton Wilderness. - Public Law 99-68 - July 19, 1985 (13 KB PDF)
Notice of Designation of Potential Wilderness as Wilderness, Point Reyes National Seashore - Federal Register Document 99-29779 - November 18, 1999 (23 KB PDF)
On Monday, August 9, 2021, a General Agreement for a Government-to-Government Partnership (235 KB PDF) was signed between the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Interior Regions 8, 9, 10, and 12, which specifically includes the Point Reyes National Seashore and those sections of Marin County which are administrated by the Superintendent of Point Reyes National Seashore.
Management efforts will focus on designations of Native American Traditional Cultural Properties eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places and ensure Tribal views and traditional ecological knowledge are part of the management of tule elk and the ranching lands in Point Reyes National Seashore.
Code of Federal Regulations 36 Chapter 1: National Park Service, Department of the Interior
Superintendent's Compendium - updated October 26, 2020
Compendium Exhibit A: Hog Island Use Restrictions (98 PDF)
Changes to the 2014 Superintendent's Compendium
Annual Seasonal Closures
Map of Elephant Seal Protection Closures in the Chimney Rock Fish Dock Area - December 15–March 31 (301 KB PDF)
Current Administrative Orders
There are no administrative orders currently in effect.
Visit our Administrative Orders Archive for information about Point Reyes National Seashore administrative orders that have been rescinded and/or are no longer in effect.
Current Temporary Closures
Temporary Pet Restrictions on the Point Reyes Beach - Thursday, April 27, 2023, through Monday, September 4, 2023
Drakes Beach Temporary Beach Closure - April 21, 2023, until further notice
Point Reyes Beach Temporary Beach Closure - April 20, 2023, until September 3, 2023
Mount Wittenberg Trail Temporary Closure to Equestrians - March 15, 2022, until further notice
Temporary Closure of Palomarin Beach Trail - Thursday, September 24, 2020, until further notice
Tocaloma or Old Platform Bridge Closure - January 13, 2020, until further notice
The Determinations of Temporary Closures Archive page contains information about temporary closures that are no longer in effect.
Marine Life Protection Act
Marine Protected Areas are marine or estuarine areas set aside to protect or conserve marine life and habitat. Marine protected areas in the waters adjacent to Point Reyes National Seashore went into effect on May 1, 2010. Visit our Marine Life Protection Act page for more information.
Adobe® Acrobat Reader® may be needed to view PDF documents.
Last updated: April 30, 2023