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.
Hurricane Ridge Road Closure for guard-rail work
Tueday, June 18 (6:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
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 between Upper Lake Mills Trail and Altair Campground.
Park Newsletter for October 19, 2007
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.
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.
Did You Know?
That the Piper's bellflower is unique to the Olympic Mountains? Named after an early Olympic peninsula botanist, the Piper's bellflower grows in cracks and crevices of high elevation rock outcrops.