• Olympic: Three Parks in One

    Olympic

    National Park Washington

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  • Madison Falls Trail Closed for Repairs Beginning July 7

    The one-tenth mile Madison Falls Trail and trailhead parking lot located in Elwha Valley will close to public entry beginning on Monday, July 7 while crews make improvements and repairs.

  • Hurricane Ridge Road Closed to Vehicles Sunday 8/3 (6:00a - noon)

    Due to the "Ride the Hurricane" bicycle event, the road to Hurricane Ridge will be closed from 6:00a to noon on Sunday August 3rd.

The Elwha Act: P.L. 102-495

Former Secretary of the Interior Babbit visiting Glines Canyon Dam in 2000

Former Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbit, being interviewed at Glines Canyon Dam in 2000.

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Overview
The Elwha River Ecosystem and Fisheries Restoration Act, or "The Elwha Act" was signed on January 3rd, 1992 by the 102nd Congress of the United States of America. Public Law 102-495 authorized the Secretary of the Interior to acquire the two hydroelectric dam projects and implement the actions necessary to achieve full restoration of the Elwha River and the native anadromous fisheries therein.

For more information, read the complete, detailed public law (pdf).

 
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Did You Know?

closeup of cow elk face

Olympic National Park protects the largest unmanaged herd of Roosevelt elk in the world. Olympic was almost named "Elk National Park" and was established in part to protect these stately animals.