• 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.

  • Hurricane Ridge Road Closed to Vehicles Sunday 8/3 (6:00a - noon)

    Due to the "Ride the Hurricane" bicycle event, the road to Hurricane Ridge will be closed above the Heart o' the Hills entrance station from 6:00a to noon on Sunday August 3rd.

Historic Range in the Elwha - Chinook Salmon

Historic Range:
Before the dams, Chinook salmon occupied the Elwha River to nearly the headwaters. They also spawned in several of the larger tributaries, including Little River, Goldie River, and Hayes River. This stock is part of the Puget Sound Chinook, which is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Very few, if any, spring-run Chinook remain in the Elwha. There are more summer/fall-run stocks that still exist by means of hatchery assistance, but they too are included in the federally threatened listing.

Diagram:
The red line represents the historic range of the summer/fall-run Chinook in the Elwha River.
The orange line represents the furthest extent of the spring-run chinook's historic range in the Elwha River.

 
Historic range of Chinook in the Elwha
Historic range of chinook in the Elwha River.
 

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.