Olympic Hot Springs Road Closed
The Elwha Valley's Olympic Hot Springs Road is closed to public entry beyond the Altair Campground during removal of the Glines Canyon Dam. Olympic Hot Springs is not accessible from the Elwha.
Chum Salmon - Oncorhynchus keta
© Howie Garber
Before the Elwha Dam was constructed, the Elwha River had huge returns of chum which spawned below Rica Canyon. (Historic Range Map)
A small population of native chum remains in the Elwha River. Returns presently range between 200 and 500 adults.The lack of downstream sediment, including spawning gravels, and diminished rearing estuary may have played a critical role in reducing the Elwha chum population.After removal of the dams, this population will propogate the river, potentially restoring returns to upwards of 16,000 spawning fish over 15-20 years.
Did You Know?
That the Piper's bellflower is unique to the Olympic Mountains? Named after an early Olympic peninsula botanist, the Piper's bellflower grows in cracks and crevices of high elevation rock outcrops.