• Olympic: Three Parks in One

    Olympic

    National Park Washington

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  • Enchanted Valley Temporarily Closed to Camping September 1-14

    To protect contractor and visitor safety, Enchanted Valley will be temporarily closed to all public camping during the relocation of Enchanted Valley Chalet. Hikers and stock users may continue to travel through the valley, must be escorted by park staff. More »

  • 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 »

Park Newsletter for October 19, 2007

two fish leaping over white water

Coho salmon make their way to spawning grounds along the Sol Duc River.

Coho Jumping at Salmon Cascades

Summer coho are now spawning in the Sol Duc River and park fisheries biologists project great salmon-watching opportunities this weekend at Salmon Cascades.

The Sol Duc River summer coho run is earlier that most coho runs on the Olympic Peninsula. They return in late October, while most coho runs on the peninsula return in November and December. Sol Duc summer coho spawn between Sol Duc Falls and Salmon Cascades.

The Salmon Cascades area is closed to all fishing, from 100 yards upstream of the cascades to 250 yards (or as posted) downstream. Park fishing regulations.

Watch salmon jumping the Cascades. (10 second video.)

More on visiting the Sol Duc Valley and Salmon Cascades.

 
two wooden chairs near lakeshore; rowboats along shore
Two chairs invite relaxation on a sunny fall day at Lake Crescent Lodge.  The NPS has just begun the process of developing a new contract for operation of this concession and two others at Olympic National Park.
Phaedra Fuller
 

New Concessions Contracts in the Works

A condition assessment and market analysis team visited Olympic this week to begin the process of developing new concessions contracts for the Lake Crescent Lodge, Fairholme Store and Hurricane Ridge Snack Bar and Gift Shop.

Information gathered this week will be used in developing the requests for proposals, which are scheduled to be released in spring 2008. The new contracts are targeted to take effect in January 2009.

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Did You Know?

Mt. Olympus in winter

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.