• Olympic: Three Parks in One

    Olympic

    National Park Washington

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  • 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 »

Historic Range in the Elwha - Bull Trout

Historical Range:
Historically, bull trout had an extensive range in the Elwha River. The dams, which have blocked 70 miles of habitat, greatly reduced the population. Coastal/Puget Sound populations of bull trout were listed as threatened by the Endangered Species Act in November of 1999. Bull trout still exist both above and below the dam, though the anadromous form is considered depressed in the Elwha because of the limited five miles of habitat available for returning anadromous bull trout. Dam removal has the potential of restoring bull trout populations.

Diagram:
The red line represents the historical range of bull trout. A small number still live in this range, above, between and below the dams.

 
Historic bulltrout range
Historic range of bull trout in the Elwha River.
 
 
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Did You Know?

rocky beach

Olympic National Park protects 73 miles of wild Pacific coast. Tidepools, sandy beaches and rocky cliffs can all be found here.