• Olympic: Three Parks in One


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  • Work Scheduled for East Beach Road at Lake Crescent Starting July 10

    East Beach Road will be reduced to one-lane of traffic through work zones and delays of up to 15 minutes should be expected. Work will occur weekdays between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. through mid-July, weather permitting.

  • 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 for three weeks beginning on Monday, July 7 while crews make improvements and repairs.

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.

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?

star-shaped purple flowers growing in a crack of a rock

That the Piper's bellflower is unique to the Olympic Mountains? Named after an early Olympic peninsula botanist, the Piper's bellflower grows in cracks and crevices of high elevation rock outcrops.