• Olympic: Three Parks in One

    Olympic

    National Park Washington

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  • 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 Restoration Plans

Park employee with buckets of silt collected behind the dams

Overview:
The upcoming removal of two dams on the Elwha River is just one of the many steps towards eventual ecosystem restoration. Elwha River Restoration encompasses a number of important projects in a range of disciplines. Flood protection, sensitive species management, sediment management, restoration of anadromous fish stocks, and revegetation are all important aspects of the complete restoration of the Elwha River and ecosystem surrounding dam removal.

The construction of two water treatment facilities, completed in 2010, were two of the largest mitigation projects and ensure that water for human needs is protected during and after dam removal.

 
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Did You Know?

Mt. Olympus in winter

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.