Many whale species are seen from Point Reyes, but the most common is the Pacific gray whale. Gray whales pass the Point Reyes Headlands every January as they migrate southward to their calving lagoons in Baja California. In late March and early April, they again pass the Headlands on their return to their northern feeding grounds in Alaska.
Types of Whales or Sealife Likely to be Viewed Here
Pacific gray whales, Humpback whales, Elephant seals
Best Times for Viewing
Gray whales can be seen from January to early May
The peak of migration south to Baja California is in January.
The peak of the migration north to Alaska is in March.
Poor visibility and high wind speeds can greatly reduce sightings.
Best Access and Parking Areas
The best whale watching is along the Pt. Reyes Headlands at the Point Reyes Lighthouse, Sea Lion Overlook, and Chimney Rock.
For More Information, Contact:
Point Reyes National Seashore
1 Bear Valley Road, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956