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 to Altair Campground.
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.
Dam Removal - Overview
Dam Removal Strategies
Dam removal is one of the first steps towards complete restoration of the Elwha River and ecosystem.Read more on the September 17 groundbreaking ceremony at Elwha Dam, attended by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, numerous other dignitaries and approximately 400 guests.
Read the news release announcing last year's award of the three-year, $26.9 dam removal contract to Barnard Construction, Inc. of Bozeman, Mont.
Photo courtesy Scott Church
Removal of Glines Canyon Dam:
This webpage was made possible in part by a grant from Washington’s National Park Fund.
Did You Know?
Olympic National Park protects 73 miles of wild Pacific coast. Tidepools, sandy beaches and rocky cliffs can all be found here.