The Point Reyes National Seashore (PRNS) includes the watersheds that drain into Drake’s Estero, Abbotts Lagoon, Estero de Limantour, the Pacific Ocean, and portions of the Bolinas Lagoon and the Tomales Bay east and west shore drainages. PRNS extends from Tomales Point at the mouth of Tomales Bay toward the town of Bolinas at Pablo Point. It comprises nearly 100 square miles of open grasslands, coastal scrub, forested habitats, and coastal beaches and headlands as well as nearly 80 miles of undeveloped coastline. It is renowned for its unique biological and historical elements. Over 45% of North American bird species, 20% of the State’s flowering plants, 37 native land mammals, and a dozen marine mammals have been identified on the peninsula. Point Reyes has been recognized as an “Important Bird Area” by the National Audubon Society; in particular, the extensive saltmarsh and mudflats of Drake’s Estero provide habitat for many migrating and wintering waterbirds.
PRNS was established by President John F. Kennedy in 1962 and attracts 2.5 million visitors annually. There are 147 miles of hiking trails, campgrounds, beaches, and a variety of recreational opportunities.
Learn more about habitat and land use at Pt. Reyes National Seashore Creeks watershed.