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.
Visiting the Elwha
Ken and Mary Campbell
The Elwha Valley is located in the central northern area of Olympic National Park. Located 11 miles west of Port Angeles, the Elwha Valley is reached by the Olympic Hot Springs Road, off of Highway 101 (directions).
Today, the Elwha River is the site of one of the largest ecosystem restoration projects in National Park Service history. With its sparkling river surrounded by mountains, the Elwha Valley is a popular destination for all.
General information about the Elwha Valley, facilities, trails, camping, and regulations can be found on the Elwha brochure (pdf).
Map and description of locations where you can learn more and Experience Elwha River Restoration.
Places to Stay:
Fishing in the Elwha is catch and release only. Make sure to check out fishing regulations for Olympic National Park before you come.
Official park concessioner Olympic Raft & Kayak, located at 123 Lake Aldwell Road off of Highway 101, offers guided whitewater rafting trips on the Elwha River, as well as areas outside of Olympic National Park including the Hoh and Sol Duc rivers.
Did You Know?
The Belted Kingfisher will hover in place directly over a river, lake, or pond, watching for fish before diving to catch them.