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November 14, 2014
Elwha Valley’s Olympic Hot Springs Road Opens to Boulder Creek Trailhead
The Olympic Hot Springs Road has reopened, following a three-year closure while contractors removed the Glines Canyon Dam. Visitors may now reach the Boulder Creek Trailhead. The Boulder Creek Trailhead provides hiker and stock-user access to the Olympic Hot Springs Trail, a 2.5 mile hike from the trailhead.

October 31, 2014
Watch the Elwha Run Free from New Overlook Along Whiskey Bend Road
New overlook offers views of Glines Canyon, remnants of Glines Canyon Dam and former lakebed.

October 31, 2014
Olympic National Park Proposes to Increase Park Entry and Use Fees; Funds to Support Park Facilities and Services
Recreation fees support visitor facilities and services.

October 03, 2014
Olympic National Park to Offer Free Admission on Nine Days in 2015
Nine entrance fee-free days to be offered in 2015.

September 15, 2014
East Fork Quinault River Protected; Enchanted Valley Chalet Relocated
Work to temporarily relocate the Enchanted Valley Chalet in Olympic National Park to protect the East Fork Quinault River was completed Friday, September 12.

September 12, 2014
Three Chinook Spotted Above Glines Canyon; First Salmon Return to the Upper Elwha in 102 Years
Two Olympic National Park fisheries staff conducted a snorkel survey of the Elwha River above the old Glines Canyon dam site and found three adult Chinook salmon, all between 30 and 36 inches long, in the former Lake Mills, between Windy Arm and Glines Canyon.

September 10, 2014
Emergency Closure of All Fishing in the Upper Hoh and South Fork Hoh Rivers within Olympic National Park
Due to concerns about the status, trends, and escapement of Hoh River Chinook salmon, Olympic National Park is closing the upper Hoh River, South Fork Hoh River, and all tributaries to recreational fishing from September 9 through October 15, 2014.

September 09, 2014
Enchanted Valley Chalet Moved Away from Eroding East Fork Quinault River Bank
Work to lift the chalet off its foundation began on Saturday and continued on Sunday. By Sunday afternoon, the chalet was moved an initial eight feet east of its original location and away from the eroding bank of the East Fork Quinault River.

September 05, 2014
Bull Trout Swim Past Glines Canyon; Migratory Fish Return to Upper Elwha River for the First Time in Over a Century
Fisheries biologists have confirmed that two radio tagged bull trout have migrated through Glines Canyon and are now upstream of the former Lake Mills in Rica Canyon.

August 28, 2014
Enchanted Valley Chalet in Olympic National Park to be Relocated to Protect Quinault River: Enchanted Valley closed to camping September 1-14
Work to temporarily relocate the Enchanted Valley Chalet in Olympic National Park to protect the East Fork Quinault River is scheduled to begin Monday, September 1.

August 18, 2014
Rabies Detected in Bat at Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park
A 59-year old Port Angeles area man is undergoing rabies prevention treatment after being scratched by a bat in front of Lake Crescent Lodge in Olympic National Park on August 12.

August 15, 2014
Biologists to Conduct Annual Elk Census in Olympic National Park
Biologists will begin a population census of Roosevelt elk in Olympic National Park on Sunday, August 17.

August 14, 2014
National Park Service Awards Contract for Temporary Relocation of the Enchanted Valley Chalet; Relocation will Protect Quinault River
A contract to temporarily relocate the Enchanted Valley Chalet was awarded yesterday to Monroe House Moving, Inc. of Sequim, Washington.

August 13, 2014
Ranger-Guided Elwha River Walks to Begin on Former Lake Aldwell
Beginning Tuesday, August 19, Olympic National Park rangers will lead guided interpretive walks along the Elwha River where Lake Aldwell once existed. This free program will be offered on Tuesdays and Sundays at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. through September 2.

July 30, 2014
Spruce Railroad Trail Improvements to Begin August 5: Trail Closed from Lyre River Trailhead to East of Devil’s Punchbowl
Spruce Railroad Trail (SRRT) along the north shore of Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park will be closed from the Lyre River Trailhead to approximately 0.25 miles east of Devil’s Punchbowl beginning Tuesday, August 5.

July 21, 2014
Public Participation Invited in Development of Mountain Goat Management Plan
New plan to consider non-native goats’ effects on natural processes and habitats, and visitor safety.

March 20, 2014
Dynamic Quinault River Continues to Shift Course, Threaten Historic Enchanted Valley Chalet
Public Invited to Share Photos and Stories from Chalet’s History

March 11, 2014
Public Invited to Review Next Steps in Draft Olympic National Park Wilderness Stewardship Plan
The National Park Service has released a range of preliminary draft alternatives for the Olympic National Park Wilderness Stewardship Plan.

March 10, 2014
New Online Film Documents Climate Change Research in Olympic National Park
Olympic National Park is pleased to announce the release of a new Science Minute Movie by the North Coast and Cascades Science Learning Network (NCCSLN).

March 03, 2014
Tourism to Olympic National Park Creates $220 Million in Economic Benefit; Report shows visitor spending supports 2,700 jobs in local economy
A new National Park Service report shows that 2,824,908 visitors to Olympic in 2012 spent $220 million in communities near the park.

March 03, 2014
Olympic National Park Seeks Volunteers for 2014 ‘Citizen-Science’ Marmot Monitoring Program
Olympic National Park is now accepting volunteer applications for the Olympic Marmot Monitoring Program 2014 survey season.

February 26, 2014
Olympic National Park Proposes Minor Changes to Recreation Fishing Regulations; Public Comment Invited
The public is invited to review proposed changes to recreational fishing regulations within the park.

January 17, 2014
Enchanted Valley Chalet Threatened
Historic Enchanted Valley Chalet Threatened by Changing River Course; Park Assessing Options

August 08, 2012
Vanishing Elwha Reservoirs Reveal Long-Buried Sites
As the two Elwha River reservoirs slowly disappear as the dams are removed, cultural sites re-emerge.

August 27, 2010
Contractor Selected for Elwha Dam Removal
Removal of Two Dams and Restoration of the Olympic Peninsula’s Elwha River Will Begin Next Year

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