• Olympic: Three Parks in One

    Olympic

    National Park Washington

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  • Ditch Maintenance Along Park Roads: Motorists May Encounter Delays

    Motorists may encounter delays along Sol Duc Road (9/30 - 10/1), Whiskey Bend Road (10/2), Deer Park Road (10/7-10/8), and Hurricane Ridge Road (10/9 - 10/10) due to routine cleaning of roadway drainage ditches.

  • Olympic Hot Springs Road Closed

    The Elwha Valley's Olympic Hot Springs Road is closed to public entry beyond the Altair Campground. Olympic Hot Springs is not accessible from the Elwha. The road is expected to re-open by Summer 2015.

  • 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 »

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?

DYK fisher release

Fishers (members of the weasel family, related to minks and otters) were reintroduced to Olympic National Park in 2008-10. They are native to the forests of Washington, including the Olympic Peninsula, but disappeared due to overtrapping in the late 1800s/early 1900s and habitat loss.