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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.

  • 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 »

Friends of Olympic National Park to Host Free Salmon-Watching Event Saturday, September 29

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Date: September 21, 2007
Contact: Dick Kott, 360-457-0933

Port Angeles - The Friends of Olympic National Park (FONP) will host a unique public event from 10 am – 12 noon on Saturday, September 29 at Salmon Cascades in the Sol Duc area of Olympic National Park. This event will be offered on National Public Lands Day, when all park entrance fees are waived.

“We invite anyone interested in watching and learning more about salmon to stop by Salmon Cascades on Saturday morning,” said FONP President Larry Stetson. “Dick Goin, well-known local fish expert, and FONP Board Member Dick Kott will be there to share their knowledge.”

Sol Duc summer coho have been recently observed at Salmon Cascades.

“We’re grateful to the Friends for hosting this free public event, especially on National Public Lands Day when park entrance fees are waived,” added Superintendent Bill Laitner. “A chance to watch salmon jumping up the cascades is always a thrill, and having Dick Goin there makes this an opportunity not to be missed.”

For more information about the Friends, people can check http://www.friendsonp.org. The annual membership fee is $20 for individuals, $25 for families and $10 for students and current members of the armed services.

Did You Know?

snow covered forest and meadow

That endemic Olympic snow moles are scurrying beneath this blanket of snow? Olympic National Park's Hurricane Ridge is blanketed with over ten feet of snow for most of the winter, providing water for summer and protection for snow moles in winter.