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.
Hurricane Ridge Road Closed to Vehicles Sunday 8/3 (6:00a - noon)
Due to the "Ride the Hurricane" bicycle event, the road to Hurricane Ridge will be closed above the Heart o' the Hills entrance station from 6:00a to noon on Sunday August 3rd.
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 »
Olympic National Park Fishing Regulations Updated; Hoh River within Olympic National Park Closed to Recreational Fishing to Protect Wild Chinook
Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-2985
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.
Approximately 56 percent of the Hoh watershed lies within Olympic National Park boundaries; the fishing closure includes only those portions of the upper Hoh River, South Fork Hoh River, all tributaries, and the Hoh River mouth within the park.
The closure in the Hoh River system is designed to protect a unique population of wild Chinook salmon that has declined in recent years. This year's forecast for Hoh River spring/summer Chinook predicts another year when the returning population will fall below the established escapement floor of 900 adults. The population has failed to meet the escapement floor five times in the past six years.
The recent pattern of low escapements and low productivity of Chinook highlights the need for additional conservation measures to better protect these salmon that are highly prized in tribal and non-tribal fisheries.
"While we strive to provide fishing opportunities to park visitors, we have significant concerns about impacts on wild Chinook in light of the forecast low return to the Hoh this year," said Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum. "Conservation of this population is a high priority and the closure will provide some relief and protection for Chinook that spawn in Olympic National Park," explained Creachbaum.
Hoh River spring Chinook are an integral component of the park ecosystem and contribute ecologically, economically, and culturally.
Specific changes that will go into effect immediately include:1) the Hoh River mouth will be closed to fishing thru August 31; and 2) the upper Hoh and South Fork Hoh Rivers and their tributaries will be closed from May 1 to October 31, 2013 and will reopen on November 1. Sport fishing opportunities are available throughout other areas of the park. Updated regulations are available at http://www.nps.gov/olym/fishregs.htm and at all park visitor centers, fee booths, ranger stations, and area fishing stores.
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