• Olympic: Three Parks in One


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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.

Water Treatment - Overview

Construction of the Elwha Water Treatment Plant

Construction of the Elwha Water Treatment Plant during the summer of 2008.



A major milestone in Elwha River Restoration were reached in early 2010, with the construction of two water treatment facilities to protect the City of Port Angeles' municipal and industrial water supplies before, during and after removal of the two Elwha River dams.

The Elwha Water Facilities include a water treatment plant that will protect the City of Port Angeles' industrial water supply, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's fish rearing channel and the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe's fish hatchery. A new surface water diversion and intake structure were also constructed, replacing the old design with a new fish-friendly system, along with improvements to the Crown "Z" Water Road, and area flood protection.

Construction of the Elwha Water Facilities cost $79 million and created 149 jobs for Washington-based companies. Construction began in February 2008 and was completed ten months ahead of schedule in April 2010.

Water is treated in an Actiflo basin prior to filtration at the Port Angeles Water Treatment Plant.

Following initial treatment in this Actiflo® basin, water is ready for treatment at the Port Angeles Water Treatment Plant.


The Port Angeles Water Treatment Plant began providing clean water to residents of Port Angeles in February 2010. Constructed at a cost of $27.6 million, the facility is designed to provide the city with up to 10.6 million gallons of potable water daily before, during and after the dam removal process.

Both treatment plants will protect water users from the turbidities that will occur upon removal of the Glines Canyon and Elwha Dams. These sediments have been accumulating in the Lake Mills and Lake Aldwell reservoirs for the past 80 and 100 years respectively. The new facilities will take in surface water for treatment and provide clean water for municipal, industrial and hatchery needs.

The Elwha Water Facilities also provide for local area flood protection.


This webpage was made possible in part by a grant from Washington’s National Park Fund.

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.