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  • Madison Falls Trail Closed for Repairs Beginning July 7

    The one-tenth mile Madison Falls Trail and trailhead parking lot located in Elwha Valley will close to public entry beginning on Monday, July 7 while crews make improvements and repairs.

  • 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 »

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?

DYK fisher release

Fishers (members of the weasel family, related to minks and otters) were reintroduced to Olympic National Park in 2008-10. They are native to the forests of Washington, including the Olympic Peninsula, but disappeared due to overtrapping in the late 1800s/early 1900s and habitat loss.