• 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 - 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?

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.