Woodward Fire Closures
Due to the Woodward Fire, charcoal fires are prohibited and the Bear Valley Picnic Area is closed until further notice.
Determination of Temporary Closure - September 22, 2020, until further notice - signed on September 22, 2020 (112 KB PDF)
A Stay at Home (also known as Shelter-In-Place) Order is in place for Marin County until further notice. Following guidance from the CDC and public health officials, and to comply with county-wide shelter-in-place legal orders, park picnic areas are now open with the following rules:
- Each picnic table may be occupied by only one household or living unit at a time.
- Each barbecue grill may be used by only one household or living unit at a time. Due to the Woodward Fire, charcoal fires are prohibited until further notice.
- Each member of a household or living unit must maintain at least six feet of separation from all members of other households or living units in the area. For clarity, members of the same household or living unit do not need to maintain six feet of separation from each other.
- Visitors are encouraged to bring hand sanitizer.
Updates pertaining to COVID-19-related closures will be posted to our Current Conditions page and social media channels.
Please help do your part to slow the spread of the coronavirus by staying close to home; if you do visit Point Reyes, please maintain at least six feet of physical distance. Individuals engaged in outdoor exercise, such as walking, hiking, running, or bicycling, are not required to wear a face covering, but should carry one with them and must wear a facial covering when interacting with others who are not members of their household in public and private spaces if they cannot practice physical distancing. Visit our Recreate Responsibly page for guidelines for responsible recreation in the outdoors at Point Reyes and other park lands during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Point Reyes National Seashore contains three picnic areas, plus a number of sites at various locations in the park at which there are one or two picnic tables. Use of the picnic areas are free of charge and first-come, first-served, except for a reservable group section at the Bear Valley picnic area. Descriptions and photos of the various locations where picnic tables may be found below. The descriptions of the picnic areas/tables are accurate as of March 2018.
Rules for Picnicking:
- Leaving food unattended is prohibited.
- Don't feed the wildlife.
- Don't litter. Take all waste home or dispose of all waste in garbage and/or recycling receptacles provided. Please don't put any non-recyclable materials in recycling receptacles.
- Leave No Trace. Do not carve into the picnic tables.
- Charcoal Grills:
- Due to the Woodward Fire, charcoal fires are prohibited until further notice.
- Wood fires are prohibited. Visit our Beach Fires page for information about building wood fires in the national seashore.
- Only charcoal briquettes are permitted in the charcoal grills provided.
- Charcoal fires must be attended anytime they are generating heat. Do not depart until the coals and ashes are cold to the touch.
- Visitors are welcome to use their own small portable barbecues. All ash and used and unused briquettes must be packed out of the park.
- If you move picnic tables, move them back to where you found them when you are finished.
- Picnicking is permitted within all designated campgrounds; however, picnickers must yield campsites to persons with camping permits.
- A designated section of Bear Valley picnic area is available by reservation to groups of up to seventy-five (75) people. Contact the Special Park Uses office at 415-464-5111 to reserve this section.
- Groups of over 100 people who wish to picnic in the park must first obtain a permit. Because there are limited places in the park which can accommodate a picnic group of this size, and to minimize the impact of such a group on other visitors, a permit system is necessary for groups of 100 or more. Contact the Special Park Uses office at 415-464-5111 for more information.