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Ranger-Guided Elwha Discovery Walks to Begin on Former Lake Aldwell
Contact: Rainey McKenna, 360-565-2985
Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005
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.
Rangers will guide visitors through the dynamic landscape being created by the river following the removal of the Elwha Dam.Walks will provide a fascinating, up-close look at shifting sediments, both old and new vegetation, giant stumps logged a century ago, and the river re-establishing itself.
The walks are free and begin at the former boat launch located at the end of Lake Aldwell Road, which turns north off Highway 101 just west of the Elwha River bridge.Visitors should wear sturdywalking shoes or boots and be prepared for windy conditions with no shade.The guided portion of the walk will last approximately one hour.
For more information about Elwha Discovery Walks, contact the Elwha Ranger Station at (360) 452-9191.
For more information about Elwha River Restoration, including links to the project webcams, weekly Dam Removal Blog and Elwha River Restoration Facebook page, go to the Olympic National Park website http://tinyurl.com/Elwha-Restoration.
Did You Know?
Although related to other marmots and groundhogs of North America, the Olympic marmot is unique. An endemic species, it is found only in the Olympic Mountains. Visitors to the high country of Olympic National Park may be lucky enough to encounter a marmot sunning itself near its burrow.