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 from Upper Lake Mills Trail downstream to the Highway 112 bridge, except for the stretch between Altair Campground and the Highway 101 bridge.
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.
NPS Traffic Patrol Nets Significant Drug Bust
Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005
Traffic enforcement along Highway 101 at Lake Crescent led last Friday to the arrest of one suspect and seizure of over a half pound of marijuana, a half pound of methamphetamine and a quarter pound of cocaine.
Olympic National Park rangers, with assistance from a U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officer and drug-sniffing dog, stopped a driver for a speeding violation on Friday afternoon. The dog detected drugs inside the vehicle and after a short chase, rangers were successful in taking the suspect into custody. In addition to the drugs mentioned above, a search of the vehicle yielded drug processing materials and $15,800 in cash. A 2007 Lincoln Navigator was also seized.
Olympic National Park is an area of exclusive federal jurisdiction; trained and qualified rangers perform all law enforcement duties within the park, with assistance from other agencies as requested.
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.