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 between Upper Lake Mills Trail and Altair Campground.
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.
Marine Debris Ambassadors
Marine Debris Ambassadors (MDA) is a Senior Culminating Project available to high school students in the Forks, WA area who are interested to learn more about ocean issues through a hands-on service project. This experience can also be used for a Science, English or CTE credit through the North Olympic Peninsula Skills Center Natural Resources course. MDA consists of educational coursework, field days on the coast, and a beach clean up service project, all the while working alongside professionals.
This program is a natural progression of the Pathways for Youth program at Olympic National Park. Accomplished Ambassadors are on the right track to move into volunteer internships and seasonal employment with the National Park Service.
Did You Know?
Removal of two dams on the Elwha River is the second largest ecosystem restoration project in the National Park System.