Elwha River Restoration
Freeing a River
In the late 1800s a growing nation looked to the Northwest to supply the lumber needed to build new cities.This brought rapid change to the Olympic Peninsula and especially to the Elwha River and the people of the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe. In the early 1900s, two dams, Elwha and Glines Canyon, were built on the river. The dams fueled regional growth, but blocked the migration of salmon upstream, disrupted the flow of sediment and wood downstream, and flooded the historic homelands and cultural sites of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe.
Discover Elwha River Restoration
Giving Mother Nature a Hand
Where the Mountains Feed the Sea
A River Gone Wild
Meet the Olympic National Park partners that helped free the Elwha River.
This webpage was made possible in part by a grant from Washington's National Park Fund.
Last updated: March 3, 2016