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Visiting the park....

To make your visit to Patrick's Point as pleasant as possible, please keep these points in mind:

Dogs are permitted only in the campground and day-use areas, not on the trails or on the beach. They must be kept in an enclosed vehicle or tent at night, and on a controlled six-foot leash during the day.

Swimming is not advised. The ocean off Patrick's Point is cold and dangerous. Children should not even be allowed to wade, as there are unexpected holes in the underwater sand and the undertow can be very strong. Occasional "sleeper" waves appear unexpectedly and can be much larger than previous waves.

All plant and animal life is protected. Please do not pick wildflowers or mushrooms, as they are an important part of a very fragile ecosystem.

Bears and Raccoons can mean trouble!

Bears are a part of the natural scene of the park, but inviting them into your campsite, on purpose or accidentally, can result in damage to your camping equipment -- or to you! Though he may appear friendly, the bear is a wild animal -- and he can outrun you, and climb trees besides.

Raccoons, too, may seem friendly and cute, but the acquisition of food is their top priority. Hands, fingers, or even ankles that come between them and their food can get painfully nipped.

Bears and raccoons enjoy a good meal, so don't leave your food or garbage out to attract them. Ice chests and camp cupboards are not bear proof, so store your supplies in airtight containers. They will usually be safe in your car trunk. And don't feed the animals! It's illegal and it isn't safe or healthy for them.

Both bears and raccoons will seek out food items stored in your campsite and will go to great lengths to obtain possessions, but a few precautions will assure you of a safe park stay:

    Keep a clean camp. A bear or raccoon uses his nose to read your menu -- and if there's lots of fragrant food odors from leftovers to attract him, it's quite likely he'll pay you a surprise visit.

    Store food in airtight containers, or wrap it carefully. Wrapped food is normally safe locked in a hard-topped car or in a car trunk, but campsite cupboards and ice chests are not bear proof.

    Don't feed the animals. Hungry animals will frequently beg for food, but once fed they may become aggressive in their demands for more.

    Never get between a mother and her young. Young animals are cute -- but an irate mother isn't.