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

Temporary Pet Restrictions on the Point Reyes Beach - Friday, June 7, 2019 through Wednesday, September 30, 2019
A temporary closure of the Point Reyes Beach between 0.5 mile south of the North Beach parking lot and 0.75 mile north of the South Beach parking lot is in effect to pets and visitors with pets to facilitate the survival of multiple federally-threatened western snowy plover nests and hatchlings in this pet closure area.
Determination of Temporary Closure - June 7, 2019, through September 30, 2019 - signed on June 5, 2019 (51 KB PDF)
Map of the temporary closure to pets on the Point Reyes Beach - June 7, 2019, through September 30, 2019 (837 KB PDF)

McClures Beach Trailhead Access Road Closure - March 4, 2019, until further notice
A temporary closure of the McClures Beach Trailhead Access Road starting at the Pierce Point parking lot is in effect to all vehicular traffic due to a portion of the road washing out and collapsing during a series of storms in February. The road is impassable.
Determination of Temporary Closure - March 4, 2019, until further notice - signed on March 4, 2019 (59 KB PDF)

Mount Vision Road Closure - March 4, 2019, until further notice
A temporary closure of the Mount Vision Road starting at the junction with Sir Francis Drake Boulevard is in effect to all vehicular traffic due to a portion of the road washing out and collapsing during a series of storms in February. The road is impassable.
Determination of Temporary Closure - March 4, 2019, until further notice - signed on March 4, 2019 (60 KB PDF)

Point Reyes Lighthouse Area Closure - Monday, August 6, 2018, until Tuesday, October 1, 2019
The restroom, visitor center, observation deck, pathway, stairs, and lighthouse at Point Reyes Lighthouse (e.g., all areas west of the visitors' parking lot) will be closed to all public use from Monday, August 6 through early fall 2019. This closure is necessary to provide for visitor safety by closing an area that is very narrow and steep and that will have machinery working, torn up substrates, and heavy equipment that cannot accommodate visitors walking through the area.
Determination of Temporary Closure - extended from Friday, June 21, 2019, until Tuesday, October 1, 2019 (coming soon)
Map of the temporary closure in the Point Reyes Lighthouse Area - Monday, August 6, 2018, until Tuesday, October 1, 2019 (313 KB PDF)

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.

 

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Last updated: June 14, 2019

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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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