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.
Laws & Policies
Legislation Establishing the National Seashore and Wilderness
[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)
Superintendent's Compendium - updated March 21, 2018 (288 PDF)
Compendium Exhibit A: Hog Island Use Restrictions (42 PDF)
Annual Seasonal Closures
Map of Elephant Seal Protection Closures in the Chimney Rock Fish Dock Area - December 15–March 31 (301 KB PDF)
Current Temporary Closures
Point Reyes Lighthouse Area Closure - Monday, August 6, 2018, through Sunday, March 31, 2019
The current Determination of Temporary Closure extends the following temporary closures:
The Determinations of Temporary Closures Archive page contains information about temporary closures that are no longer in effect.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.
Last updated: February 1, 2019