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.
Spruce Railroad Trail Improvements to Begin August 5
Spruce Railroad Trail will be closed from the Lyre River TH to approximately 0.25 miles east of Devil’s Punchbowl. Work is expected to be completed by the end of October. The remainder of the trail will be accessible from the Camp David Jr. Road TH. More »
Safety Advisory: Mountain Goats
NPS has received reports of aggressive mountain goats near trails at Hurricane Ridge, Royal Basin, Seven Lakes Basin, Lake of the Angeles, & Grand Pass. Visitors are required to maintain a distance of at least 50 yards from all wildlife. More »
Safety Advisory: Rabies
Rabies has been detected in a single bat in the Lake Crescent area of the park. Rabies exposure is extremely rare, but fatal if untreated. Anyone observing unusual or aggressive behavior among park wildlife should inform a park ranger as soon as possible. More »
Elwha Fish Restoration
"The restoration of depleted fish stocks and threatened or endangered species is a high priority for fishery management in the national park system." - Final Supplemental EIS on Elwha River and Ecosystem Restoration Implementation
Ken and Mary Campbell
Overview: Removal of two dams and restoration of the Elwha River will allow the return of anadromous fish stocks that once flourished in the river. To minimize impacts to the remaining fish in the river, all steps of dam removal must be approached with caution.
During the dam removal process, pulses of sediment will be released, causing short-term habitat degradation in the middle portion of the river. The temporary impact to fish will ultimately provide anadromous populations with spawning habitiat as the fine sediment previously held behind the dams redistributes down stream. View the Potential Range Map of salmonids after dam removal and ecosystem restoration.
Over the 20 to 30 years following dam removal, biologists predict that populations of anadromous stocks will rebound to historic numbers.
The restoration strategies developed for each Elwha salmonid are intended to be adaptive and flexible, and may change based on how the fish populations respond. If one strategy proves to be unsuccessful, biologists will use another in order to produce a healthy, naturally spawning population.
Individual Restoration Plans:
Complete Restoration Plan (200-page PDF):
S. Brenkman, G. Pess, C. Torgersen, K. Kloehn, J. Duda, and S. Corbett, "Predicting Recolonization Patterns and Interactions between Potamodromous and Anadromous Salmonids in Response to Dam Removal in the Elwha River, Washington, USA," Northwest Science, Vol. 82, Special Issue, 2008, pp. 91-106.
Patrick Connolly and Samuel Brenkman, "Fish Assemblage, Density, and Growth in Lateral Habitats Within Natural and Regulated Sections of Washington's Elwha River Prior to Dam Removal," Northwest Science, Vol. 82, Special Issue, 2008, pp. 107-118.
S. Brenkman, S. Mumford, M. House, and C. Patterson, "Establishing Baseline Information on the Geographic Distribution of Fish Pathogens Endemic in Pacific Salmonids Prior to Dam Removal and Subsequent Recolonization by Anadromous Fish in the Elwha River, Washington," Northwest Science, Vol. 82, Special Issue, 2008, pp. 142-152.
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.