Changes to Visitor Services Due to Sequestration
Due to mandatory, across the board budget cuts, some visitor services at Olympic National Park have changed. See the Plan Your Visit section for more information.
Hurricane Ridge Road Closure for guard-rail work
Tueday, June 18 (6:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Olympic Hot Springs Road Closed
The Elwha Valley's Olympic Hot Springs Road is closed to public entry beyond the Altair Campground during removal of the Glines Canyon Dam. Olympic Hot Springs is not accessible from the Elwha.
Elwha River Closures
Boating is prohibited on the Elwha River between Upper Lake Mills Trail and Altair Campground.
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 the largest unmanaged herd of Roosevelt elk in the world. Olympic was almost named "Elk National Park" and was established in part to protect these stately animals.