The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Advisory for the Coastal North Bay, including Point Reyes National Seashore. High surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing large waves and rip currents. Never turn your back on the ocean.
During 2015, Arch Rock collapsed and cracks were reported along the top of a bluff along Chimney Rock Trail. In 2017, part of the bluff at Tomales Point collapsed. Bluff tops may be unstable and additional collapses may occur. Stay on designated trails.
On weekends & federal holidays, Sir Francis Drake Boulevard may be closed beyond the South Beach Road junction from 9 am until ~5:45 pm during favorable weather conditions. Bus service to the Lighthouse & Chimney Rock is provided from Drakes Beach.
A closure of the road leading from the gate at the end of the Chimney Rock Road to the Fish Dock area, including immediately adjacent beaches, is in effect from December 15 through March 31 due to nursing elephant seal pups in the Fish Dock area.
A closure of Drakes Beach starting approximately ½-mile southwest of the Ken Patrick Visitor Center & continuing south to the current permanent elephant seal closure is in effect to better protect elephant seals from disturbance during pupping season.
All Park Roads are currently open.
The western end of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard is closed on weekends and federal holidays when the Winter Shuttle Bus System is operating.
After wind and/or rain storms, 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
Annual Quarantine of Sport-Harvested Mussels - May 1 through October 31
Every year, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announces an annual quarantine of sport-harvested mussels gathered along the California coast. The quarantine is in effect from May 1 until October 31 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.
CDPH's Marine Biotoxin Monitoring Program's Annual Mussel Quarantine - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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In the late autumn and early winter, there are plenty of opportunities to see a wide range of animals. Coho salmon are swimming up area streams to spawn, elephant seals are hauled out on beaches near Chimney Rock, and gray whales begin migrating past the point. Many species of birds are wintering at Point Reyes, and, although the tule elk rut season has ended, they can be seen year-round on Tomales Point. Please visit our Wildlife Viewing page for more information.
NOTICE: From December 15 to March 31, the following areas are closed to all entry in order to better protect nursing elephant seal pups:
- the southern end of South Point Reyes Beach (as signed) to the Lighthouse;
- the beach from the Chimney Rock Lifeboat Station to Chimney Rock; and
- the road leading from the gate at the end of the Chimney Rock Road to the Fish Dock area, including immediately adjacent beaches. (Map - 301 KB PDF)
NOTICE: A temporary closure of Drakes Beach starting approximately ½ mile southwest of the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center and continuing south to the current permanent elephant seal closure is in effect from Saturday, January 13, 2018, through Thursday, March 15, 2018, to better protect elephant seals from disturbance during the pupping season when they are exceptionally vulnerable.
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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 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.
The PRNSA Bookstore at Drakes Beach is open from 10 am to 4:30 pm on weekends and federal holidays (e.g., New Year's Day, Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Washington's Birthday, but not on Christmas Day) for the duration of the Winter Shuttle Bus System.
Drakes Beach Café is indefinitely closed.
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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