• 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 - Steelhead

Historical Range:
Historically, steelhead occupied an extensive range of the Elwha River, traveling to the far reaches near headwaters. The Elwha and Glines Canyon Dams have limited wild steelhead production enormously. Although the Elwha is still the largest producer of hatchery steelhead in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, dependence on the small gene pools of hatchery stocks can lead to diseases and other problems.

Diagram:
The red line represents the theoretical range of steelhead in the Elwha River before construction of the two dams.

 
Historic steelhead range in the Elwha
Historic range of steelhead in the Elwha River.
 
 
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Did You Know?

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The Belted Kingfisher will hover in place directly over a river, lake, or pond, watching for fish before diving to catch them.