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July 24, 2015
Lee Taylor is Selected as Olympic’s New Deputy Superintendent
Lee Taylor, a 30-year career employee of the National Park Service, has been selected to serve as Olympic National Park’s next Deputy Superintendent.

July 24, 2015
Olympic Hot Springs Road to Close for Repairs on September 8 at Park Boundary; One-Month Closure Anticipated
The Elwha Valley’s Olympic Hot Springs Road will close at the Olympic National Park boundary for approximately one month beginning on Tuesday, September 8. The temporary closure will allow the park’s maintenance crew to make necessary improvements to protect the road before the fall and winter rains arrive.

July 17, 2015
Spruce Railroad Trail Improvements to Begin July 27: Trail to be Closed from Lyre River Trailhead to Just East of Devil’s Punchbowl
East end of trail to close from July 27 through October to allow construction.

July 17, 2015
Elwha Ranger Station Temporarily Closed for Renovation and Accessibility Improvements
This project is made possible through visitor entrance and recreation fees, and will improve both access and efficiency at the Elwha Ranger Station, while preserving its historic character for the future.

June 30, 2015
Park and Partners Receive $17,500 Active Trails Grant from National Park Foundation
Thanks to this grant, Olympic National Park will offer a series of weekly adventures for boys and girls attending summer programs at the Carroll C. Kendall and Mount Angeles Units of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula.

June 26, 2015
Re-modeled Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center to Open Wednesday July 1; Some Visitor Services Curtailed Monday & Tuesday
Visitor services will be curtailed on Monday and Tuesday to allow staff to move equipment and materials back into the visitor center.

June 24, 2015
Olympic National Park Enacts Campfire Restrictions to Begin Tomorrow June 25
Ban on all open fires in park's wilderness backcountry, including the coast, will take effect on Thursday June 25.

June 17, 2015
Paradise Fire Continues to Burn Deep Within Olympic National Park Wilderness
The fire continues to burn slowly along the Queets River near its confluence with Paradise Creek in an area of very tall centuries-old trees, making suppression activities difficult and very dangerous for firefighters. Burning limbs and snags as well as the rugged terrain make fire suppression challenging in this area.

June 16, 2015
Crew Hiking into Queets Valley to Assess 250-Acre Paradise Fire Deep in Olympic National Park Wilderness
The Queets River Trail is temporarily closed at Bob Creek to protect public and fire personnel safety.

June 15, 2015
Enchanted Valley Re-opens to Camping Today; Bear Canisters Required
Bear canisters are required for all overnight trips into Enchanted Valley as valley reopens to camping.

May 29, 2015
New Glines Canyon Spillway Overlook Opens in Elwha Valley
The new Glines Canyon Spillway Overlook, located along the Olympic Hot Springs Road, is wheelchair accessible and includes eight interpretive exhibits.

May 22, 2015
Olympic National Park to Increase Park Entry and Use Fees Beginning June 1
Entrance and user fees at Olympic National Park will increase on June 1, following the busy Memorial Day Weekend. This is the park’s first fee increase since January 2006.

May 21, 2015
Olympic National Park Roads, Campgrounds Open for Holiday Weekend; Enchanted Valley Remains Closed to Camping
Revealing a silver lining of this winter’s record low snowpack, high elevation roads in Olympic National Park will open in time for the Memorial Day weekend, a full month earlier than typical.

May 18, 2015
Emergency Closure of Recreational Fishing in the Hoh and South Fork Hoh Rivers within Olympic National Park
Due to concerns about the status, trends, and escapement of Hoh River Chinook salmon, Olympic National Park is closing the Hoh River watershed to recreational fishing. The fishing closure includes those portions of the upper Hoh River, South Fork Hoh River, all tributaries, and the Hoh River mouth within Olympic National Park.

May 15, 2015
Olympic National Park Obstruction Point Road to Open Three Miles to Waterhole
The first three miles of the eight-mile long Obstruction Point Road is open to public access. The road is clear of snow and has been graded as far as Waterhole.

April 28, 2015
NPS Solicits Concession Contract Proposals for Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort
The National Park Service has issued a Prospectus soliciting proposals in response to a business opportunity to operate overnight accommodations, food and beverage, retail, hot mineral pools and swimming pool, campgrounds and other related services at Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort. A May 7 site visit is scheduled.

April 24, 2015
Enchanted Valley Closed to Camping After Reports of Bear-Human Interactions
Several visitors have reported having seen at least one bear consuming human food and trash and others have described seeing bears that appear unafraid of people.

April 23, 2015
Tourism to Olympic National Park creates $365,559,900 in Economic Benefits
Report shows visitor spending supports 3,592 jobs in local economy.

April 10, 2015
Find Your Park at Olympic's Junior Ranger Day
Junior Ranger Day is Saturday, April 18 at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center!

April 08, 2015
Olympic National Park Seeks Volunteer Citizen Scientists to Study Olympic Marmots
Citizen scientists needed to help study Olympic marmots, a species only found on the Olympic Peninsula.

April 08, 2015
Olympic National Park Staff Prepare for Summer Season: Come Find Your Park This Spring
As migrating birds return and wildflowers bloom in the lowland forests, employees at Olympic National Park are turning their attention to spring cleaning and preparations for the main visitor season.

April 02, 2015
Olympic Joins National Find Your Park Movement
National Park Week 2015 Encourages Everyone To Find Your Park

November 14, 2014
Elwha Valley’s Olympic Hot Springs Road Opens to Boulder Creek Trailhead
The Olympic Hot Springs Road has reopened, following a three-year closure while contractors removed the Glines Canyon Dam. Visitors may now reach the Boulder Creek Trailhead. The Boulder Creek Trailhead provides hiker and stock-user access to the Olympic Hot Springs Trail, a 2.5 mile hike from the trailhead.

October 31, 2014
Watch the Elwha Run Free from New Overlook Along Whiskey Bend Road
New overlook offers views of Glines Canyon, remnants of Glines Canyon Dam and former lakebed.

October 31, 2014
Olympic National Park Proposes to Increase Park Entry and Use Fees; Funds to Support Park Facilities and Services
Recreation fees support visitor facilities and services.

October 03, 2014
Olympic National Park to Offer Free Admission on Nine Days in 2015
Nine entrance fee-free days to be offered in 2015.

September 15, 2014
East Fork Quinault River Protected; Enchanted Valley Chalet Relocated
Work to temporarily relocate the Enchanted Valley Chalet in Olympic National Park to protect the East Fork Quinault River was completed Friday, September 12.

September 12, 2014
Three Chinook Spotted Above Glines Canyon; First Salmon Return to the Upper Elwha in 102 Years
Two Olympic National Park fisheries staff conducted a snorkel survey of the Elwha River above the old Glines Canyon dam site and found three adult Chinook salmon, all between 30 and 36 inches long, in the former Lake Mills, between Windy Arm and Glines Canyon.

September 10, 2014
Emergency Closure of All Fishing in the Upper Hoh and South Fork Hoh Rivers within Olympic National Park
Due to concerns about the status, trends, and escapement of Hoh River Chinook salmon, Olympic National Park is closing the upper Hoh River, South Fork Hoh River, and all tributaries to recreational fishing from September 9 through October 15, 2014.

September 09, 2014
Enchanted Valley Chalet Moved Away from Eroding East Fork Quinault River Bank
Work to lift the chalet off its foundation began on Saturday and continued on Sunday. By Sunday afternoon, the chalet was moved an initial eight feet east of its original location and away from the eroding bank of the East Fork Quinault River.

September 05, 2014
Bull Trout Swim Past Glines Canyon; Migratory Fish Return to Upper Elwha River for the First Time in Over a Century
Fisheries biologists have confirmed that two radio tagged bull trout have migrated through Glines Canyon and are now upstream of the former Lake Mills in Rica Canyon.

August 28, 2014
Enchanted Valley Chalet in Olympic National Park to be Relocated to Protect Quinault River: Enchanted Valley closed to camping September 1-14
Work to temporarily relocate the Enchanted Valley Chalet in Olympic National Park to protect the East Fork Quinault River is scheduled to begin Monday, September 1.

August 18, 2014
Rabies Detected in Bat at Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park
A 59-year old Port Angeles area man is undergoing rabies prevention treatment after being scratched by a bat in front of Lake Crescent Lodge in Olympic National Park on August 12.

August 15, 2014
Biologists to Conduct Annual Elk Census in Olympic National Park
Biologists will begin a population census of Roosevelt elk in Olympic National Park on Sunday, August 17.

August 14, 2014
National Park Service Awards Contract for Temporary Relocation of the Enchanted Valley Chalet; Relocation will Protect Quinault River
A contract to temporarily relocate the Enchanted Valley Chalet was awarded yesterday to Monroe House Moving, Inc. of Sequim, Washington.

August 13, 2014
Ranger-Guided Elwha River Walks to Begin on Former Lake Aldwell
Beginning Tuesday, August 19, Olympic National Park rangers will lead guided interpretive walks along the Elwha River where Lake Aldwell once existed. This free program will be offered on Tuesdays and Sundays at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. through September 2.

July 30, 2014
Spruce Railroad Trail Improvements to Begin August 5: Trail Closed from Lyre River Trailhead to East of Devil’s Punchbowl
Spruce Railroad Trail (SRRT) along the north shore of Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park will be closed from the Lyre River Trailhead to approximately 0.25 miles east of Devil’s Punchbowl beginning Tuesday, August 5.

March 20, 2014
Dynamic Quinault River Continues to Shift Course, Threaten Historic Enchanted Valley Chalet
Public Invited to Share Photos and Stories from Chalet’s History

August 08, 2012
Vanishing Elwha Reservoirs Reveal Long-Buried Sites
As the two Elwha River reservoirs slowly disappear as the dams are removed, cultural sites re-emerge.

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