• Olympic: Three Parks in One

    Olympic

    National Park Washington

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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 »

Local Resident Cited for Collecting Historic Artifact from Former Lake Aldwell

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Date: July 6, 2012

An area resident was fined $225 for collecting an approximately 100 year old wagon wheel from the newly exposed lakebed at the site of former Lake Aldwell. Park rangers were alerted to the violation when they discovered the wheel listed for sale on craigslist. The seller was issued a citation on June 15, after the wheel was purchased by an agent of the park.

The receding waters at the sites of Lake Aldwell and Lake Mills have revealed many items left behind by early residents of the Elwha Valley. The public is reminded that many of these items are of historic significance and collecting such items is illegal in both reservoirs. "The remains of prehistoric and historic cultures are part of our heritage," said Olympic National Park Superintendent, Todd Suess. "When artifacts are stolen and archeological sites are damaged or disturbed, we lose important clues about the past, forever." 

Strict laws protect artifacts and sites on state, federal and Indian lands and any artifacts found in the former reservoirs should be left where found and reported to the park. If a historic artifact or site is found, please contact Dave Conca, Chief of Cultural Resources, at Dave_Conca@nps.gov or 360-565-3053.

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Mossy trees in the Hoh Rainforest

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