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.
Changes in Winter Activity Schedule Announced
Budget uncertainties lead to changes in visitor services this winter. More »
Visiting Lake Crescent
A massive landslide isolated Lake Crescent from Lake Sutherland approximately 7,000 years ago. There are two uniquely adapted populations, the Crescenti and Beardslee trout, that resulted from genetic isolation following this event.
A general map and information about facilities, picnicking areas, campgrounds, and regulations can be found on the park's Lake Crescent brochure (pdf).
Places to Stay:
For those who prefer a less primitive stay, Lake Crescent Lodge or the Log Cabin Resort (both park concessions) may be a better choice. Lake Crescent Lodge is located at Barnes Point on Lake Crescent Road, just off Highway 101. The Log Cabin Resort is located on East Beach Road, north of Highway 101. Both are generally open from late spring until early fall. Check their websites for official dates. Both rooms and cottages are available upon reservation.
There are plenty of picnic areas around the lake. Fairholme, Bovee's Meadow, La Poel, and the North Shore all have tables.
Many people enjoy going out onto the water during the summer and fall. Boat launches are located at both east and west ends of the lake. Rowboats are available for rental from Lake Crescent Lodge. Whether it's kayaking, sailing, or simply relaxing on the beaches and shores, Lake Crescent is a great place to visit.
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.