Historically, Chinook salmon were legendary in the Elwha River. The remaining Elwha River Chinook are believed to be a single population consisting of natural spawning and hatchery enhancement components.
A summary of Elwha River Chinook salmon restoration strategies includes:
- Clean water "windows" during dam removal, including a halt in dam removal activities during migratory times of both spring and fall-run Chinook.
- Transfer and release of hatchery smolts into nearby Morse Creek
- Natural spawning of adults
- Distribution of eggs and fish at many stages of their life cycle to upstream locations
- Keeping the Elwha Chinook rearing channel open during dam removal with a clean water supply
- Monitoring and good management practices to minimize the impacts of flood control and water quality mitigation