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Ranger-Guided Elwha Exploration Walks to Begin on Former Lake Aldwell

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Date: July 12, 2012

Beginning this Saturday, July 15, at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Olympic National Park rangers will lead guided interpretive walks along the Elwha River where Lake Aldwell once existed. These programs will be offered Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. through September 2.

Rangers will guide visitors through the dynamic landscape being created by the river following the removal of the Elwha Dam. Walks will provide a fascinating, up-close look at shifting sediments, both old and new vegetation, giant stumps logged a century ago, and the river re-establishing itself.

The walks are free and begin at the former boat launch located at the end of Lake Aldwell Road, which turns north off Highway 101 just west of the Elwha River bridge. Visitors should wear sturdy walking shoes or boots and be prepared for windy conditions with no shade. The guided portion of the walk will last approximately one hour.

For more information about Elwha Exploration Walks, contact the Elwha Ranger Station at (360) 452-9191.

Did You Know?

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The Belted Kingfisher will hover in place directly over a river, lake, or pond, watching for fish before diving to catch them.