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 »
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?
Olympic National Park protects 73 miles of wild Pacific coast. Tidepools, sandy beaches and rocky cliffs can all be found here.