• 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.

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe Fish Hatchery

Another critical component of the Elwha River Restoration project is the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe Fish Hatchery, completed on schedule in May 2011. The tribe and NPS are primary partners in Elwha River Restoration.

In early 2010, James W. Fowler Co. General Contractors of Dallas, Oregon began work on the $16.4 million replacement hatchery facility, funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

The hatchery will allow tribal fisheries managers to expand and enhance hatchery operations during and after dam removal, allowing both more flexibility in production and more control at every phase of the production cycle. The tribe's hatchery program will help maintain existing Elwha River fish stocks during dam removal. The facility will produce chum, coho and pink salmon, as well as steelhead.

The project includes the installation of fish culture facilities including additional raceways, early rearing and adult holding ponds as well as site and access road improvements, water supply and drainage pipelines, water supply wells and two buildings.

The existing Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) rearing channel will continue to support the river's Chinook salmon population.

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.