Drakes Beach Road has become unstable and a small section has collapsed. The road is closed at the intersection with Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. Please plan ahead for limited parking in the lighthouse and Chimney Rock areas.
Point Reyes Beach between the North Beach parking lot and the mouth of Abbotts Lagoon is closed to all entry on weekends and federal holidays through Labor Day to better ensure the survival of snowy plover nests and chicks.
From March 1 through June 30, the park implements closures of Drakes Estero, Double Point, & the western end of Limantour Spit to protect harbor seals during the pupping season. Please avoid disturbing seals to ensure a successful pupping season.
All Park Roads are currently open, except for:
- Drakes Beach Road - On Saturday, April 8, 2017, Drakes Beach Road has become unstable and a small section has collapsed. The road is closed at the intersection with Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. Please plan ahead for limited parking in the lighthouse and Chimney Rock areas.
Many roads to and from and within Point Reyes National Seashore may be blocked due to flooding, mud slides, downed trees, and/or power lines. Reports of closures and re-openings of roads are received too frequently to keep this page up-to-date. For emergency road and weather conditions in West Marin, visit , the , the , the , the , the , or tune in to KWMR, 90.5 FM.
For more information on road closures in Marin County and the Bay Area, check the Marin Sheriff Current Emergency Information, the California Department of Transportation's Current Highway Conditions, and CHP Traffic Incident Information (select "Golden Gate" from the "Communication Centers" drop-down menu in the upper left corner, then look for "Marin" in the "Location" and/or "Area" columns) websites.
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Visit our Trail Advisories and Closures page for the latest trail updates.
Warning: Hazardous conditions near north end of the Tomales Point Trail. In January 2017, part of the bluff at the north end of Tomales Point collapsed. The bluff top may be unstable & another collapse could occur. Please don't attempt to reach the northern end of Tomales Point by going off-trail to the east of the collapse. More...
Warning: Fissures reported near the Chimney Rock Trail. Cracks were reported on a portion of the bluff near the Chimney Rock Trail on December 21, 2015. These fissures could indicate the possibility of a weakening cliff face in the area. The land may be unstable and a collapse or erosion could occur. Visitors are reminded to stay on designated trails. More...
Warning: The Arch Rock trail has been closed until further notice. New hazardous conditions on Arch Rock were reported to the park on Thursday, March 19, 2015. On Saturday, March 21, 2015, a portion of the land at the Arch Rock overlook collapsed into the waters 70 feet below. More...
Health and Safety Warnings/Advisories
Drakes Estero is Closed to the Collection of Pacific Oysters and Manila Clams
Pacific oysters and Manila clams in Drakes Estero are not being monitored and pose a public health threat. [36 CFR 1.5 (a)(2) Closures and Public Use Limits.] Please report any observed violations to 415-464-5170.
The CDPH Warns Consumers Not to Eat Sport-Harvested Bivalve Shellfish from Marin County
As of Friday, April 28, 2017, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is advising consumers not to eat recreationally harvested mussels, clams, or whole scallops from Marin County. Dangerous levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning toxins have been detected in mussels from this region, making them unsafe to consume. more...
Annual Quarantine of Sport-Harvested Mussels Begins May 1
On Friday, April 28, 2017, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the annual quarantine of sport-harvested mussels gathered along the California coast. The quarantine begins May 1 and applies to all species of mussels that are recreationally harvested along the California coast, including all bays and estuaries. The quarantine is in place to protect the public against poisoning that can lead to serious illness, including coma and death. more...
Horse Riders: Avoid riding your horses through the Five Brooks Stables area.
As of Friday, May 12, 2017, several horses at Five Brooks Stables are infected with Strangles (Equine Distemper). The sick horses are isolated from the herd and not out on trails. As a precaution, we have temporarily drained the water trough. Please exercise caution by not riding through the ranch and minimizing contact with the stables' horses.
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In spring, there are plenty of opportunities to see a wide range of animals. Elephant seal pups are still hauled out on beaches near Chimney Rock, and adult females return later in spring to molt their skin. Gray whales are migrating past the Point on their way to the Bering and Chukchi seas. Female harbor seals haul out on sandbars and beaches in Drakes Estero, Estero de Limantour, Tomales Bay, and Bolinas Lagoon to give birth and raise their pups. Please note that when seals and other pinnipeds haul out, they are extremely vulnerable to human disturbance, with the pupping and molting seasons being an especially vulnerable time for harbor seals. Please read the "How You Can Help" section on our Harbor Seals page for more information. Many species of birds migrate from, to, or past Point Reyes during the spring. Tule elk can be seen year-round on Tomales Point. Please visit our Wildlife Viewing page for more information.
NOTICE: From March 1 through June 30, an annual recreational closure of Drakes Estero is implemented to protect the harbor seals during their pupping season, a very sensitive time of the year for these pinnipeds. The closure applies to kayak and canoe usage but is applicable to surfers, windsurfers, abalone divers, recreational fishing, and other water sport users around harbor seal colonies in the area. Double Point and the western most point of Limantour Spit are also closed to all human activity during the pupping season. Hog Island in Tomales Bay is closed during this same time period protection of harbor seal pupping areas, as well as for nesting and roosting sea birds such as double-crested cormorants and brown pelicans.
NOTICE: Point Reyes Beach Closure - May 27 through September 4, 2017 [i.e., Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend]
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 every summer 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 27 through September 4, 2017 (303 KB PDF)
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The Bear Valley Visitor Center and the Lighthouse Visitor Center are open throughout the year. Since Operational Changes took effect on May 1, 2013, the Lighthouse Visitor Center is now, for most of the year, only open Fridays through Mondays; closed Tuesdays through Thursdays.
The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach is closed seven days a week until Saturday, December 30, 2017, after which it will be open weekends and federal holidays through the duration of the Winter Shuttle Bus System..
Visitors are invited to join a park ranger to learn more about Point Reyes and its history, wildlife, and/or geology during Ranger's Choice Programs.
Drakes Beach Café is indefinitely closed, but the PRNSA Bookstore at Drakes Beach is now open Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays (except for Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day) from 10 am to 4:30 pm; closed Mondays through Fridays and on Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
If you're looking for more information about what is happening at Point Reyes National Seashore, visit our News Releases page, our Facebook page, and/or feed for the most up-to-date news.
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