Changes to Visitor Services Due to Sequestration
Due to mandatory, across the board budget cuts, some visitor services at Olympic National Park have changed. See the Plan Your Visit section for more information.
Hurricane Ridge Road Closure for guard-rail work
Tueday, June 18 (6:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
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.
Elwha River Closures
Boating is prohibited on the Elwha River between Upper Lake Mills Trail and Altair Campground.
Coho Salmon Restoration Approach
The current hatchery program for Elwha coho salmon is operated by the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe as a harvest augmentation for commercial and recreational fishing. The annual release goal is 750,000 yearling smolts.
A summary of the Elwha River coho salmon restoration strategies includes:
During dam removal:
Enhancement strategies will be used to maintain the hatchery-based population. At low return levels, enhancement will emphasize hatchery release of smolts, and as numbers of returning adults increase, the program will expand to include distribution of fish (at various ages) to upstream locations. All harvest of Elwha coho will be suspended during the restoration period.
Complete Restoration Plan (200-page PDF):
This webpage was made possible in part by a grant from Washington’s National Park Fund.
Did You Know?
That Mount Olympus receives over 200 inches of precipitation each year and most of that falls as snow? At 7,980 feet, Mount Olympus is the highest peak in Olympic National Park and has the third largest glacial system in the contiguous U.S.