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 from Upper Lake Mills Trail downstream to the Highway 112 bridge, except for the stretch between Altair Campground and the Highway 101 bridge.
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.
New Web Video Gives Behind-the-Scenes Look at Elwha River Restoration
Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005
In the second of a series of short web videos, viewers have a front row seat at major milestones that have been accomplished over the past year of Elwha River Restoration.
Viewers can join Bureau of Reclamation staff as they methodically work through the process of shutting off the two Elwha power plants last June. Footage taken inside both the Elwha and Glines Canyon Dam power houses give the public a rare view of the historic structures and the men who operated them during their last years before removal.
"We're proud to release this short film, and thank our many partners, especially nonprofit producers Wings Over Watersheds for their contributions," said Olympic National Park Acting Superintendent Todd Suess.
The video was produced by Wings Over Watersheds, a non-profit organization focused on watershed education. Under a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service, Wings Over Watersheds will produce additional web videos, a longer visitor center orientation film and a 60-minute documentary.
Other online resources about Elwha River Restoration are linked from the Olympic National Park website at http://tinyurl.com/ONP-Elwha-info and include a weekly Dam Removal Blog, a Facebook page, photo galleries, timelines and much more.
"We've had great response to the online presence of Elwha River Restoration," said Acting Superintendent Todd Suess. "We're very pleased to be able to share information about this landmark restoration project with people across the country and the world."
Did You Know?
That Mount Olympus receives over 200 inches of precipitation each year and most of that falls as snow? At 7,980 feet, Mount Olympus is the highest peak in Olympic National Park and has the third largest glacial system in the contiguous U.S.