Closures at Point Reyes


Area Road Closures

For 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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Beach Closures

Due to the Cosco Busan oil spill, beaches in Point Reyes National Seashore may be temporarily closed to the public at any time. Please observe all closure signs. Please do not approach or pick up bunker fuel or an oiled animal. Bunker fuel is an extremely toxic substance and is dangerous to all animals, including humans. ONLY hazardous materials-trained and equipped personnel should handle bunker fuel or oiled wildlife. Instead, contact Point Reyes Dispatch at 415-464-5170 if you find any oil or oiled birds.

Campground Closures

All campgrounds within Point Reyes National Seashore are currently open.

Road Closures

Trail Advisories and Closures

Visitor Center Closures

All Visitor Centers will be closed on December 25. Visitor Centers usually close at 2 pm on Thanksgiving Day. Visit our Operating Hours & Seasons page for current days and hours of operations.

Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center

The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach is closed seven days a week until Saturday, December 28, 2019, after which it will be open on weekends and federal holidays through the duration of the 2020 Winter Shuttle Bus System.

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Wildlife Protection Closures

Tule Elk

Llamas are prohibited from all areas that are inhabited by tule elk. Map (180 KB PDF)

Marine Protected Areas

On May 1, 2010, a number of Marine Protected Areas went into effect within and adjacent to Point Reyes National Seashore, in part to better protect nesting birds. Per the Marine Life Protection Act (MPLA), the Point Reyes Headlands is closed to all vessels within 305 meters (1000 feet) of shore from Chimney Rock west to Longitude 123° 01.00'. Per the Superintendent's Compendium, from Longitude 123° 01.00' west to the Point Reyes Lighthouse the headlands is closed to all vessels within 91 meters (100 yards) of shore. There are also 91-meter (300-foot) special closures around Point Resistance and Double Point/Stormy Stack, per the MLPA.

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Northern Elephant Seals

To better protect elephant seals from disturbance, especially during the pupping season when they are exceptionally vulnerable, the park implements the following closures:

  • Drakes Beach Elephant Seal Colony - year-round closure
    The Drakes Beach elephant seal colony as delineated by signs at the western-most end of Drakes Beach is closed to all entry due to seal activity at all times of the year. This closure is necessary to protect an established elephant seal colony from disturbance and protect the public. The elephant seal colony is used all year. No management action other than a year-round closure is sufficient.
  • Southwest Drakes Beach Annual Beach Closure - December 1 through March 15
    Drakes Beach starting approximately 1/2 mile southwest of the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center and continuing south to the current permanent elephant seal closure is closed annually to better protect elephant seals from disturbance. All public use is prohibited.
  • Chimney Rock Fish Dock Area Closure - December 15 through March 31
    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 on an annual basis due to nursing elephant seal pups in the Fish Dock area.
    Map of Elephant Seal Protection Closures in the Chimney Rock Fish Dock Area December 15–March 31 (301 KB PDF)

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Interactive Map Illustrating the Locations of the Closures Referenced Above


Harbor Seals

To protect harbor seals from disturbance during the most crucial part of the pupping season, from March 1 through June 30 the National Park Service has closed the following areas to the public: Drakes Estero, Estero de Limantour, Double Point, and the western end of Limantour Spit. Duck Island and the east side of Hog Island are closed to the public year round.
Map of Estero closures March 1–June 30 (299 KB PDF)
Map of Seal Protection Closures at the western end of Limantour Spit March 1–June 30 (148 KB PDF)
Map of Hog Island closure (98 KB PDF)

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Western Snowy Plovers

The western snowy plover is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Disturbance by park visitors, especially those with pets, 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.

Annual Closures

  • Point Reyes Beach Closure - 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 from the Saturday immediately preceding Memorial Day through Labor Day to better ensure the survival of 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. In 2013, for example, of the 11 newly hatched chicks in this area, only 3 survived past the July 4 weekend.
    Map of Beach Closure - the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend (322 KB PDF)
  • Annual Pet Restrictions on Point Reyes Beach - March 1 through September 30
    During the nesting season of the threatened western snowy plover (March 1 through September 30), pets are not allowed on the beach south of the trail at Kehoe Beach or on the beach to the north of the North Beach parking lot.

Temporary Closures

  • Temporary Pet Restrictions on the Point Reyes Beach - Friday, June 7, 2019, through Wednesday, September 30, 2019
    A temporary closure of the Point Reyes Beach between 0.5 mile south of the North Beach parking lot and 0.75 mile north of the South Beach parking lot was in effect to pets and visitors with pets to facilitate the survival of multiple federally-threatened western snowy plover nests and hatchlings in this pet closure area. No decision has yet to be made as to whether a similar closure will be implemented in 2020.
    Map of the temporary closure to pets on the Point Reyes Beach - June 7, 2019, through September 30, 2019 (837 KB PDF)

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Last updated: November 8, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956


(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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