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  • Work Scheduled for East Beach Road at Lake Crescent Starting July 10

    East Beach Road will be reduced to one-lane of traffic through work zones and delays of up to 15 minutes should be expected. Work will occur weekdays between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. through mid-July, weather permitting.

  • 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 for three weeks beginning on Monday, July 7 while crews make improvements and repairs.

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.