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Watching Dam Removal on the Elwha River

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Date: September 27, 2011
Contact: Dave Reynolds, 360-457-0715
Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005

Several options exist for interested people to watch the process of dam removal on the Elwha River. 

Six webcams, available through the Olympic National Park website provide updated images throughout daylight hours.

Viewing Elwha Dam Removal
Removal work at Elwha Dam, which began September 19, can be viewed through the webcams, and also via a short overlook trail which leads from the Elwha Dam RV Park parking lot to a viewing location above the dam. The first section of trail, constructed by Clallam County, is wheelchair accessible and leads to a partial overlook of the dam site. A footpath, built by a Washington Conservation Corps crew leading to an overlook of the dam and lower Lake Aldwell was completed and opened last Friday.  

Viewing Glines Canyon Dam Removal
Because of public safety and site security concerns, there is currently no public viewing of the Glines Canyon Dam removal process except via webcam. Although pedestrians, bicyclists and stock users may walk the Whiskey Bend Road, there is no public access west, or downhill, of the Whiskey Bend Road. All media visits to the area must be escorted by park staff - contact the Olympic National Park Public Affairs Office for more information.

Olympic National Park is working to provide public viewing opportunities at the Glines Canyon dam by summer 2012.

Did You Know?

closeup of cow elk face

Olympic National Park protects the largest unmanaged herd of Roosevelt elk in the world. Olympic was almost named "Elk National Park" and was established in part to protect these stately animals.