Point Reyes Lighthouse
Gray Whale Near Shipwreck Point
Gray whale tail, courtesy of John Calambokidis
Point Reyes National Seashore
1 Bear Valley Rd
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
Open Year Round
6:00am – 12:00am, daily
Lighthouse Visitor Center and Stairs
10:00am – 4:30pm, Friday - Monday
Camping, Lodging, Picnic Facilities, Restrooms, Trails, Wheelchair Accessible
From its thunderous ocean breakers crashing against rocky headlands and expansive sand beaches to its open grasslands, brushy hillsides, and forested ridges, Point Reyes offers visitors over 1500 species of plants and animals to discover. Home to several cultures over thousands of years, the Seashore preserves a tapestry of stories and interactions of people.
Engaging in the longest migration of any mammal, the California gray whale swims 16,000 kilometers (10,000 miles) each year, spending about one third of its life migrating from the cold, nutrient-rich waters of Alaska, to the warm, shallow lagoons of Baja California. Along the way, these incredible animals can often be seen from the shores of Point Reyes.
At Point Reyes National Seashore, the peak of the southern migration usually occurs in mid-January and that of the northern migration in mid-March. Late April and early May afford the opportunity to see mothers and calves close to shore.