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.
Elwha Valley Whiskey Bend Road to Close for Repairs on Thursday, October 20
Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005
Contact: Dave Reynolds, 360-457-0715
Whiskey Bend Road, the gravel road connecting Olympic Hot Springs Road to the Whiskey Bend trailhead, will close to all use on Thursday, October 20.
The road has been closed to vehicles, but open to foot, stock and bicycle traffic since last December, when winter storms caused extensive damage to the road.
This Thursday, the 4.5-mile Whiskey Bend Road will close to all use-motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and stock users-for approximately 45 days so that contractor Barnard Construction and the Olympic National Park road crew can begin repairs to two slide-damaged areas.
After last December's slide damage, road engineers discovered large voids where log cribbing beneath the road had eroded away, seriously compromising the road's stability and motorists' safety, necessitating the road closure and repairs.
Webcams of Glines Canyon Dam removal and Lake Mills are available through the Olympic National Park website and provide updated images throughout daylight hours.
Did You Know?
Removal of two dams on the Elwha River is the second largest ecosystem restoration project in the National Park System.