Laws & Policies

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.


Current Temporary Closures

Schooner Bay Road Closure - Monday, July 30, 2018, through Thursday, August 2, 2018
The Schooner Bay Road will be closed from Monday, July 30 through Thursday, August 2, 2018. This closure is necessary to allow employees to safely perform necessary road maintenance. The road is narrow with blind corners and closing it allows the road crew to perform this work without the possibility of being hit by vehicles.
Determination of Temporary Closure - Monday, July 30, 2018, through Thursday, August 2, 2018 - signed on July 24, 2018 (127 KB PDF)

Limantour Beach Closure - Friday, April 20, 2018, through Monday, September 3, 2018
A closure of the beach area marked by fencing between the north and south parking lots at Limantour Beach is in effect from Friday, April 20, 2018, through Monday, September 3, 2018, to better ensure the survival of federally-threatened western snowy plover nests and chicks within this area. All public use is prohibited. Western snowy plovers, a federally-threatened species, have chosen an area of Limantour Beach between the two parking lots for nesting. So far this season (as of Thursday, April 19, 2018), one nest has been established there. In 2017, five nests occurred in the same area. Public visitation at Limantour Beach reached an all-time high in 2017. Park staff witnessed multiple occasions in which people and dogs disturbed the nesting plovers despite ample signage and other protection measures. Disturbance by park visitors in plover breeding areas prevent plovers from incubating their eggs, can separate chicks from the adults, and the chicks may then not be able to forage efficiently, thermoregulate properly, and hide from predators.
Determination of Temporary Beach Closure - Friday, April 20, 2018, through Monday, September 3, 2018 - signed on April 18, 2018 (55 KB PDF)
Map of Temporary Beach Closure - Friday, April 20, 2018 through Monday, September 3, 2018 (266 KB PDF)

The Determinations of Temporary Closures Archive page contains information about temporary closures that are no longer in effect.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.


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Last updated: July 26, 2018

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Mailing Address:

1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956


(415) 464-5100
This number will initially be answered by an automated attendant, from which one can opt to access a name directory, listen to recorded information about the park (i.e., directions to the park; visitor center hours of operation; weather forecast; fire danger information; shuttle bus system status; wildlife updates; ranger-led programs; seasonal events; etc.), or speak with a ranger. Please note that if you are calling between 4:30 pm and 10 am, park staff may not be available to answer your call.

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