Before the establishment of life-saving and lifeboat stations, the remains of vessels littered the beaches and the rocks along the United States coastline. Horrified spectators witnessed the drowning of passengers and crew, helpless to do anything.
It was not until 1871 that a coordinated government agency was established to aid distressed mariners. The United States Life-Saving Service (USLSS) provided hope for those whose fate was once sealed by pounding ocean waves and foreboding coastlines.
At the historic lifeboat station at Chimney Rock, you can visit a site where these heroes of the California coast were housed. See the historic lifeboat, view exhibits, and experience 80 years of lifesaving history at Point Reyes. Kids activities, a 10-minute video on elephant seals, and complimentary hot beverages (cocoa, tea, coffee) will be available.
Chimney Rock Lightboat Station
Stay at the Point Reyes Hostel, the only non-camping accomodation in Point Reyes National Seashore.