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    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.

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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

November 21, 2013
Winter Services Announced for 2013-14
Winter offers a wide variety of opportunities for visitors to Olympic National Park.

November 20, 2013
Repairs Scheduled for Devils Punchbowl Bridge on Spruce Railroad Trail
Devils Punchbowl Bridge on the Spruce Railroad Trail along the north shore of Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park will be closed December 3 through 6, while crews replace decking on the bridge, located 1.2 miles from the Lyre River Trailhead

November 15, 2013
Work Scheduled along Hurricane Ridge Road: Minor Delays Anticipated
Motorists traveling on Hurricane Ridge Road may encounter delays of up to 15 minutes as park crews install 700 feet of conduit between Hills Entrance Station and the road gate beginning Tuesday, November 19. Work is expected to be completed by Thanksgiving.

October 17, 2013
Olympic National Park Welcomes Visitors to Enjoy Fall in the Park!
With relief and enthusiasm, Olympic National Park staff is returning to work this morning and reopening the park to visitors. All park roads, trails and facilities normally scheduled to be open at this time of year are being reopened as quickly as possible; all will be open by 4:00 p.m. today.

September 30, 2013
Finding Their Way: Survey reveals Elwha River Chinook are readily colonizing new habitats below Glines Canyon Dam in Olympic National Park
Two years after dam removal began, thousands of Chinook salmon have returned to the Elwha River and found their way into newly accessible stretches of the river and its tributaries to spawn.

September 20, 2013
Controlled Blasts Scheduled to Clear Channel Obstruction on Elwha River Within Olympic National Park
Contractor Barnard Construction of Bozeman, Montana is at work this weekend to prepare for a series of controlled blasts early next week near Glines Canyon Dam.

September 13, 2013
Back to School – in America’s National Parks: National Park Service Helps Teachers Make Learning Fun & Relevant
Teachers across the country have a new tool to help them engage their students in classroom and place-based learning.

September 12, 2013
City and Park Officials Agree on Path Forward for Water Quality Protection during Elwha Dam Removal
Officials from the City of Port Angeles and Olympic National Park reached agreement last week on a path forward for protecting the City’s water supply while continuing removal of the Glines Canyon Dam on the Elwha River.

September 05, 2013
Rangers Continue Investigation into Missing Day Hiker
Rangers continue to investigate the disappearance of day hiker Bryan Lee Johnston of Seattle, Washington, who was reported overdue on Wednesday, August 28. An intensive search of the Lake Ozette area and adjacent Pacific Coast shoreline has failed to uncover any clues to Johnston’s whereabouts.

September 05, 2013
National Park Service Selects ARAMARK to Operate Log Cabin Resort within Olympic National Park
ARAMARK Parks and Destinations has been selected to be awarded a new 10-year concession contract to operate overnight accommodations, food and beverage, retail, non-motorized boat rentals, and related services at Log Cabin Resort within Olympic National Park.

September 04, 2013
Olympic National Park’s Obstruction Point Road to Close September 23 for Resurfacing; Weekend Non-Motorized Access Permitted
Olympic National Park’s eight-mile Obstruction Point Road will close for the season on Monday, September 23 to allow the park road crew to complete a major resurfacing and repair project before fall rains arrive.

August 30, 2013
Rangers Search Ozette Area for Overdue Day Hiker
The search for overdue hiker Bryan Lee Johnston, 71 years old, continued for a third day in the Ozette area of Olympic National Park, but failed to reveal any clues.

August 21, 2013
Repairs Scheduled for Hwy 101 at Lake Crescent: Traffic Delays Anticipated Starting August 21
Washington State Department of Transportation began road repairs and maintenance on Hwy 101 at Lake Crescent today, August 21. Motorists traveling on Hwy 101 may encounter delays of up to 20 minutes. Work is schedule to continue through the end of September, weather permitting.

August 20, 2013
Tunnel Repairs Scheduled for Hurricane Ridge Road: Traffic Delays Anticipated Starting August 26
Work to rehabilitate three tunnels along Olympic National Park’s Hurricane Ridge Road will begin August 26. Motorists should expect one-lane of traffic and delays of up to 20 - 30 minutes on weekdays through November 15.

August 15, 2013
Work Scheduled for East Beach Road and Lyre River Road: Minor Delays Anticipated
Motorists traveling on East Beach Road and Lyre River Road along the north shore of Lake Crescent may encounter delays of up to 20 minutes as crews resurface two short segments of road on Tuesday, August 20.

August 09, 2013
Upper Falls Fire Afternoon Update, August 9
The Upper Falls Fire southwest of Barnes Point at Lake Crescent continues to smolder in an area of steep, rugged terrain upslope of Marymere Falls.

August 09, 2013
Upper Falls Fire Near Lake Crescent Remains Small
The Upper Falls Fire southwest of Barnes Point at Lake Crescent continues to smolder in an area of steep, rugged terrain upslope of Marymere Falls. The fire is holding within established fire lines and continues to remain 1.5 acres in size.

August 08, 2013
Upper Falls Fire Near Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park
A small fire, named the Upper Falls Fire, is burning southwest of Barnes Point at Lake Crescent. The fire is burning in steep rugged terrain upslope of Marymere Falls and is estimated to be 1.5 acres in size.

July 26, 2013
Work Scheduled for East Beach Road: Minor Delays Anticipated
Motorists traveling on East Beach Road along the north shore of Lake Crescent may encounter delays of up to 15 minutes as crews resurface two short segments of road on Tuesday, July 30.

July 26, 2013
“Ride the Hurricane” Bike Ride Scheduled for August 4 on Olympic National Park’s Hurricane Ridge Road
Olympic National Park will host an exciting opportunity for cyclists to “Ride the Hurricane” on Sunday, August 4.

July 24, 2013
Olympic National Park’s Obstruction Point Road to Fully Open This Weekend
Obstruction Point Road will be fully open to public access on Friday, July 26. Road crews are nearly finished clearing and grading the road surface between Waterhole and the road’s terminus at the Obstruction Point trailhead.

July 24, 2013
Ranger-Guided Elwha Discovery Walks to Begin on Former Lake Aldwell
Beginning Saturday, August 3, 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 Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. through September 7.

July 21, 2013
Rangers Respond to Two Visitor Fatalities
Olympic National Park rangers responded to two unrelated incidents involving visitor deaths Saturday, July 20.

July 18, 2013
Obstruction Point Road Open Three Miles to Waterhole
Beginning July 19, Obstruction Point Road will be open from Hurricane Ridge to Waterhole at Milepost 3.2. Road crews continue to clear debris and grade the road surface between Waterhole and the road’s terminus at the Obstruction Point trailhead.

June 19, 2013
Public Invited to June 25 Event; Olympic National Park and Student Conservation Association Will Commemorate June Anniversaries
The last week of June 2013 marks both the 75th anniversary of the establishment of Olympic National Park and the 56th anniversary of the founding of the Student Conservation Association (SCA). In commemoration of these two anniversaries, a special celebration will be held at noon on Tuesday, June 25 at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center in Port Angeles. On hand to celebrate will be Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum, SCA founder Liz Putnam and SCA’s Northwest Vice President Jay Satz.

May 30, 2013
Openings Still Available in Two-Week Summer Teen Program at NatureBridge in Olympic National Park
NatureBridge still has a few open spots for the Summer Field Research Course at its Olympic National Park campus. This two-week immersive backcountry expedition will give high school students the opportunity to conduct rigorous field science investigations in one of the most ecologically diverse national parks in the country.

May 30, 2013
Morning Closures Scheduled on Hurricane Ridge Road for Annual Road Maintenance; Work Set for Weeks of June 10 and 17
From Monday, June 10 through Thursday, June 13 and Monday, June 17 through Thursday, June 20, Hurricane Ridge Road will be closed to vehicle traffic at the Heart o'the Hills entrance station between 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. each day in order to allow the Olympic National Park road crew to safely complete annual ditch clearing.

May 27, 2013
National Park Service Solicits Concession Contract Proposals for Log Cabin Resort: Site Visit Scheduled for
The National Park Service has issued a Prospectus soliciting proposals in response to a business opportunity to operate overnight accommodations, food and beverage, retail, and related services at Log Cabin Resort within Olympic National Park.

May 16, 2013
Olympic National Park Invites Public to Share Memories in Online 75th Anniversary Album, Will Waive Entrance Fees on June 29
Park visitors, neighbors, employees and alumni – anyone with memories of time spent in Olympic National Park – are warmly invited to share their recollections in a new online memory album.

May 13, 2013
Olympic National Park Fishing Regulations Updated; Hoh River within Olympic National Park Closed to Recreational Fishing to Protect Wild Chinook
Olympic National Park has released its sport fishing regulations for 2013-2014 and announced the closure of recreational fishing in the Hoh River watershed effective immediately.

May 10, 2013
Trail Users Cautioned as Trucks Expected on Olympic Discovery Trail between Kacee Way and Elwha River
Veolia Water North America, the contractor operating and maintaining the Elwha Water Treatment Plant (EWTP,) will use the Milwaukee Grade access road to haul sediment material off-site, beginning May 13 and continuing intermittently throughout the summer.

May 07, 2013
Working Within Reduced Budget, Park Staff Prepares for Visitor Season
As Olympic National Park staff begins the annual process of preparing for the main visitor season, effects of the mandatory five percent budget sequester are becoming more apparent. Most park facilities will remain open, but some campgrounds, road and visitor centers will open later than in previous years, provide fewer services or remain closed.

May 03, 2013
City and Park Officials Confer on Elwha Water Facilities
Officials from the City of Port Angeles and Olympic National Park meet at Port Angeles City Hall to discuss and share concerns about ongoing issues of the quality and quantity of treated water at the Elwha Water Facilities.

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.

December 15, 2011
December Fish Runs Wind Down on Elwha; Dam Demolition to Begin Again December 19
Contractor to begin dam demolition work on Monday, December 19.

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

Did You Know?

dam with water flowing

Removal of two dams on the Elwha River is the second largest ecosystem restoration project in the National Park System.