Point Reyes Beach Closure - May 28 through September 5, 2016
A closure of the beach area between the North Beach parking lot and the mouth of Abbotts Lagoon is in effect on weekends and federal holidays during the summer of 2016 to better ensure the survival of federally-threatened western snowy plover nests and chicks within this area on busy weekends. All public use is prohibited. Reproductive monitoring of western snowy plovers at Point Reyes has previously demonstrated that chick mortality is higher on weekend days than weekdays. Disturbance by park visitors in plover breeding areas can separate chicks from the adults, and the chicks may then not be able to forage efficiently, thermoregulate properly, and hide from predators. In 2013, for example, of the 11 newly hatched chicks in the proposed closure area, only 3 survived past the July 4 weekend.
Map of Beach Closure - May 28 through September 5, 2016 (564 KB PDF)
Current Temporary Closures
There are no temporary closures currently in effect.
The Determinations of Temporary Closures Archive page contains information about temporary closures that are no longer in effect.