Wildlife closures in effect at the Point Reyes National Seashore
A number of areas of the Point Reyes National Seashore in California have been temporarily closed to the public to protect wildlife.
Harbor seal whelping area closures remain in effect until June 30. Closed areas include Drakes Estero and Limantour Estero waters, including tidal areas. (Map 299 KB PDF) During this period, recreational activities such as kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing, paddle boarding, snorkeling and scuba diving are not permitted. In addition, Double Point and the westernmost point of Limantour Spit (Map 104 KB PDF) are closed to all entry.
Seabird nesting area closures remain in effect until July 31. Closed areas include Miller Rocks, Hob Island and Duck Island. Storm petrels, rhinoceros aucklets, common guillemots, pigeon guillemots, pelagic cormorants and double-crested cormorants are some of the protected bird species during this period.
Snowy Plover nesting area closures remain in effect until September 30. The closed area extends from the North Beach parking lot to Kehoe Beach and into Abbotts Lagoon. It is forbidden for pets, kitesurfing and kite flying. Kitesurfing and kite flying are also prohibited at Abbotts Lagoon until September 30.
Harbor seals are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act 1972 and it is illegal to disturb them when they are resting on land. Breeding seabirds are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act 1918 (text and guide).