Virtual Guidebook to Marin and the North Bay Counties
Limantour
Point Reyes National Seashore California


Creation of Point Reyes National Seashore in 1962, for which we have to thank Congressman Clem Miller, was a virtual miracle. How could so much prime real estate, so close to a major urban area, be spared for so long and saved so completely?

Limantour is where you can see just how close Point Reyes came to disaster. I remember when there were vacation houses beginning to line the dunes at Limantour, and if you wander around the low hills inland from the parking area you will find a maze of subdivision roads and power poles. For more than a decade after the park was created, Congress dragged its feet about funding land acquisition, and developers started getting bold. It required another major political effort to complete the seashore without compromise.

Limantour is a long beach with surf usually a bit higher than at Drakes Beach. It is an excellent walking beach, north to the mouth of the Estero, or south to the beginning of the cliffs. You can backpack south along the beach or take an inland trail to Coast Camp and spend the night (reservations required).



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End of the dunes on Limantour Spit, mouth of Drakes Estero

(January 22, 2006)


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Low tide on the mudflats in Limantour Estero

(January 22, 2006)


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Surge channel through the dunes on Limantoru Spit

(January 22, 2006)


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On the dunes, Limantour Spit

(January 22, 2006)


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Limantour Beach in mid-winter

(January 22, 2006)


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Freshwater marsh at the south end of Limantour Estero

(January 22, 2006)


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Clear view to the Farallones from the Limantour Road

(January 22, 2006)


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