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

Drakes Beach Temporary Beach Closure - January 18 through March 15, 2017
A temporary closure of Drakes Beach starting approximately ¼ mile southwest of the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center and continuing south to the current permanent elephant seal closure is in effect to better protect elephant seals from disturbance during the pupping season when they are exceptionally vulnerable. All public use is prohibited.
Determination of Temporary Closure - January 18 through March 15, 2017 - signed on January 17, 2017 (21 KB PDF)
Map of Drakes Beach Temporary Closure (104 KB PDF)

Chimney Rock Fish Dock Area Temporary Closure - January 18 through March 15, 2017
A temporary closure of the road leading from the gate at the end of the Chimney Rock Road to the Fish Dock area, including immediately adjacent beaches, is in effect through Wednesday, March 15, 2017, or as long as there are nursing elephant seal pups in the Fish Dock area. This closure is in effect to better protect elephant seals from disturbance during the pupping season when they are exceptionally vulnerable. All public use is prohibited.
Determination of Temporary Closure - January 18 through March 15, 2017 - signed on January 17, 2017 (21 KB PDF)
Map of Chimney Rock Fish Dock Area Temporary Closure (322 KB PDF)

Drakes Estero and Access Road Closure - August 10, 2016 through December 30, 2016 February 28, 2017
To ensure public safety and efficient operations, Drakes Estero and its access road will be temporarily closed on weekdays and Saturdays in January and February, except on Saturday, January 14 and Saturday, February 18. Additionally, the Estero will be closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 16. Water access to the estero will remain open on Sundays and other holidays, when no work is under way. Unforeseen conditions may necessitate closure of Drakes Estero and the Drakes Estero access road on additional days.
Determination of Temporary Closure - December 28, 2016 (64 KB PDF)
Map of Temporary Closure - December 28, 2016 (292 KB PDF)
The above Determination extends the original closure:
Determination of Temporary Closure - August 2, 2016 (66 KB PDF)
Map of Temporary Closure - August 2, 2016 (255 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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Mailing Address:

1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

Phone:

(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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