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 Closures

Drakes Estero Road Closure - Beginning August 8, 2016 through early 2017

To ensure public safety and efficient operations, Drakes Estero and its access road will be temporarily closed on weekdays. Water access to the estero will remain open on weekends and holidays, when no work is under way

Map of Temporary Estuary Closure - August 8, 2016 (637 KB PDF)

Determination of Temporary Estuary Closure - August 8, 2016 (38 KB PDF)


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The Determinations of Temporary Closures Archive page contains information about temporary closures that are no longer in effect.

 

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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