The National Park Service collects Recreation Fees under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA - Title VII, Pub. L. 108-447). Recreation Fees provide a vital source of revenue for improving facilities and services for park visitors.
That means that the money you pay for camping is being put to use at Point Reyes National Seashore to make the park—and your visit—better. Some improvements take place behind-the-scenes. Others may be a direct part of your park experience, like a restored lighthouse, new picnic tables and food storage lockers, cleaner restrooms, or a recently cleared trail. All of these projects are important to the continued preservation of your national parks.
This is a list of just some of the things your contributions have made possible:
Restored the Historic Point Reyes Lighthouse and Enhance Visitor Services and Interpretation
Restored the Point Reyes Lighthouse, the Seashore's nationally significant 140-year old icon, and rehabilitate the Fog Signal, Oil House, Keeper's Garage, pump house, and fuel storage structures, which all contribute to the historic district. The 36-foot-tall iron structure housing the only in-situ first order Fresnel lens (containing 1,032 crystal prisms) and brass clockwork in-situ in the U.S. was be enclosed in wind/weather-proof scaffolding, disassembled, then reassembled using exact replicas of damaged structural steel. The entire structure was galvanized and coated with high performance epoxy in a process commonly used on steel bridges. Upgraded site accessibility (provided parking & path of travel to the Lighthouse Visitor Center) and rehabilitated cultural landscape (including paths, roads, and water catchments). Installed small photovoltaic array. Restored site landscape planting and windbreaks, and rehabilitate historic landscape features, including two large cisterns and concrete water tanks.
Replace the Deteriorated Visitor Use Amenities at the Coast and Sky Campgrounds
This project replaced the deteriorated visitor use amenities at the Sky Campground and Coast Campground, currently used by over 25,000 visitors a year. These amenities consisted of 30 weathered and cracking wood picnic tables, 26 rusted raised barbecues, 24 rusted food lockers, and six rusted garbage and recycle containers.
Recreation-One-Stop Reservation Service (R1S)- Backcountry Camping - FY2022 and FY2017–2021
This project was for the direct cost to manage Recreation-One-Stop (R1S) reservation operations related to collecting, remitting, transporting, protecting, storing, and reconciling recreation fee funds. Costs included personnel salaries, required background checks, training, equipment, supplies, banking costs, signs, utilities, leasing of GSA vehicles, etc.
Replace Signage at Point Reyes Backcountry Campgrounds
This project will increase visitor information and amenities by updating and replacing campground site marker posts and replacing, bulletin boards, and interpretive signs at four hike-in backcountry campgrounds: Coast Camp, Sky Camp, Glen Camp, and Wildcat Camp. Fifty high-density polyethylene (HDPE) campsite marker posts will clearly delineate the location of each site. Each site marker post will include symbols and information printed on TUFF (a resilient and durable fiberglass material) which will be affixed to each marker post. inserts will increase visibility of each site and highlight rules and regulations. Updated panelized bulletin boards will be centrally located in each campground to inform campers of campground rules and protocols, and advise campers as to closures and campground issues.
Provide Parkwide Supplemental Custodial Services at Multiple Locations
This project provided daily custodial services and maintenance of campground restrooms, campsites, and general grounds at six National Recreation Reservation System campgrounds in Point Reyes National Seashore to maintain these campgrounds at a high standard. The campgrounds included in this package are: Wildcat, Glen, Coast, Sky, Tomales Beach, and Marshall Beach campgrounds. These six campgrounds have 57 campsites, some of which are equipped with site posts, picnic tables, and food lockers.
Replace Picnic Area Amenities at Bear Valley, Headquarters area, and Kule Loklo Picnic Areas
This project replaced amenities at Bear Valley, the park headquarters area, and Kule Loklo picnic area. These amenities consisted of 40 wood picnic tables, eight raised barbecues, four food lockers, and eight garbage and recycle containers.
Reapply Aggregate Road Base to Wildcat Road's Gravel Surface
This project consisted of the re-grading and application of aggregate base to Wildcat Road's 1.2-mile gravel surface. The surface of the road was reshaped for proper drainage, capped with 3" of 1-1/2" Class II Aggregate Road Base (a total of 4,435 tons of material), watered, and roll compacted. Installation of drainage structures like culverts and swales will divert rainwater runoff away from the roadway in areas showing need. Ditches were cleaned, reshaped, and reestablished.
Performed Roadside Brushing on Stewart Trail, Sky Camp Road, and Cross Marin Trail
Removed overgrown brush and trees that blocked the sight distance and height necessary for safe travel on three Point Reyes National Seashore service roads: Stewart Trail, Sky Trail, and Cross Marin Trail. Removed brush using chainsaws and brush chippers along both the outside shoulder and the inside ditch line. This project removed encroaching or overhanging brush within 10 feet of road edges, shoulders, ditches, and fill/back slopes on three miles of Stewart Trail, one mile of Sky Trail, and two miles of Cross Marin Trail. The project reduced or eliminated oversized brush from the structural sections of the road and reduced its negative impact on road edge and shoulder integrity. Increased vista views will benefit visitors.
Trail Brushing and Clearing Drainage Devices on Inverness Ridge Trail
An 11-person Conservation Corps North Bay (CCNB) crew brushed the 1.6-mile-long Inverness Ridge Trail at Point Reyes National Seashore of overgrown brush to a cleared trail width of eight feet, using chainsaws and hand tools, and clearing 57 drainage devices.
Clearing Drainage and Trees, brushing on McCurdy Trail
This project involved trail maintenance of two miles on the McCurdy Trail. Trail maintenance consisted of trail mowing, brushing an eight-foot-wide corridor of overgrown brush, removal of wind-fallen trees, and the clearing of 41 non-functioning drainage devices. Hand tools and small gas-powered equipment were used by the crew to perform the maintenance and improvements to preserve the natural resources from degradation.
Conduct Drainage and Tree Clearing and Brushing of Old Pine Trail
This project involved trail maintenance of 1.8 miles on the Old Pine Trail. Trail maintenance consisted of trail mowing, brushing an eight-foot-wide corridor of overgrown brush, removal of wind-fallen trees, and the clearing of 49 non-functioning drainage devices. Hand tools and small gas-powered equipment were used by the crew to perform the maintenance and improvements to preserve the natural resources from degradation.
Clearing Drainage Devices and Trees and Brushing on Bucklin Trail
This project involved trail maintenance of 2.3 miles on the Bucklin Trail. Trail maintenance consisted of trail mowing, brushing an eight-foot-wide corridor of overgrown brush, removal of wind-fallen trees, and the clearing of 40 non-functioning drainage devices. Hand tools and small gas-powered equipment were used by the crew to perform the maintenance and improvements to preserve the natural resources from degradation.
Last updated: January 26, 2024