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January 10, 2018
Free Entrance to Olympic National Park on Monday, January 15 in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
In commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and in concert with all National Park Service sites that charge entrance fees, Olympic National Park will offer free entry on Monday, January 15.

December 22, 2017
Winter Shutdown for Lake Crescent Highway 101 Project
Work on the Lake Crescent Highway 101 project is officially shutdown for the winter. Travelers around Lake Crescent will not encounter any road work, traffic lights or delays associated with the project until it resumes in mid-March.

December 13, 2017
Olympic National Park to Offer Free Admission on Four Days in 2018
WASHINGTON – The National Park Service announced today that the public will be invited to experience all national parks, including Olympic National Park, without entrance fees, on four days in 2018.

November 30, 2017
Olympic Hot Springs Road in the Elwha Valley Remains Closed Due to Flood Damage
Storm activity, coupled with increased runoff from warm temperatures and melting snow, resulted in flooding and significant road damage that closed the Elwha Valley’s Olympic Hot Springs Road. The road remains closed to vehicle traffic beyond the Madison Falls parking area.

November 21, 2017
Lake Crescent Highway 101 Thanksgiving Update and Winter Shutdown Information
Travelers around Lake Crescent will not encounter any road work for the rest of this week as crews return home for Thanksgiving. Drivers should expect short delays for the traffic signals at the rock wall area around mile post 229 for alternating single-lane traffic.

October 27, 2017
Emergency Closure of Recreational Fishing in the Quillayute and Dickey Rivers within Olympic National Park
Due to conservation concerns about wild fall Chinook salmon and current harvest levels, Olympic National Park is closing the Quillayute and Dickey River mouths to fishing from October 29 to November 6. This closure also includes portions of each river within the boundaries of the park.

October 25, 2017
Olympic Hot Springs Road Repairs Underway; Inaccessible Above Glines Canyon Overlook
PORT ANGELES, WA: The Olympic Hot Springs Road in the Elwha Valley will be inaccessible to public travel above the Glines Canyon Overlook beginning Monday, October 30 through Thursday, November 2 for necessary road repairs and culvert replacement.

October 20, 2017
Recreational Fishing to Reopen in the Quillayute, Dickey, and Hoh Rivers Within Olympic National Park
Olympic National Park is reopening the Hoh, Quillayute, and Dickey Rivers to recreational fishing within park boundaries on Saturday, October 21. Recent rain events over the last 48 hours drastically increased river flows, allowing for unimpeded upstream migration of salmon and the re-opening of sport fishing.

October 18, 2017
Four-hour Delays To Begin October 30 on Lake Crescent Highway 101 Until Rock Bolting is Complete
Lake Crescent Highway 101 will have 4-hour delays beginning Monday, October 30. These delays will occur Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and are anticipated to continue until the project shuts down for the winter in late November.

October 13, 2017
Eight New Cabins For Log Cabin Resort at Lake Crescent
The park awarded a $2,220,924 construction contract to Advanced Technology Construction from Tacoma, WA to replace eight guest cabins and construct a new manager’s residence at Log Cabin Resort at Lake Crescent.

October 13, 2017
Emergency Closure of Recreational Fishing in the Quillayute, Dickey, and Hoh Rivers within Olympic National Park
Due to concerns about low river flows impeding salmon migrations, Olympic National Park is closing the Quillayute, Dickey, and Hoh River mouths to fishing beginning Monday, October 16 until further notice. This closure includes portions of each river within the boundaries of Olympic National Park.

September 13, 2017
Crews Working To Complete Rock Scaling and Reopen Lake Crescent Highway 101 May Require Until Friday
The full closure of Highway 101 at Lake Crescent since Monday has allowed rock scaling work to progress safely and efficiently. The full closure was anticipated to last up to four days, however, despite aggressive efforts to complete the work in the initial timeframe the work may require an additional day.

September 08, 2017
Lake Crescent Highway 101 to Close Beginning Monday for Public Safety Until Completion of Rock Scaling Work
Due to traffic safety concerns through the rock scaling zone the Federal Highway Administration has recommended a full closure for Highway 101 until the rock scaling is completed. The full closure is scheduled to begin Monday at 6:00 am and anticipated to last for up to four days.

August 31, 2017
Campfire Restrictions Begin in Olympic National Park & Olympic National Forest September 1
Beginning September 1, Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest will restrict campfires to developed campgrounds and picnic areas only until further notice.

August 24, 2017
Lake Crescent Highway 101 and East Beach Road Update: Scheduled Four-hour Delays Begin After Labor Day
PORT ANGELES, WA: The first planned four-hour delay on Highway 101 at Lake Crescent is scheduled for Thursday September 7, 2017 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. During this four-hour period, Highway 101 eastbound will be open to the turn for Barnes Point where Lake Crescent Lodge, Storm King Information Station, NatureBridge, and the trailheads are located. Highway 101 westbound will be closed near mile marker 229 where the current rock scaling operation is underway.

August 19, 2017
Rescue Effort Frees Whale Stranded in Olympic National Park
A rescue effort during high tide late Friday night freed a young gray whale that had been stranded on a remote beach in Olympic National Park and Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary for about three days.

August 16, 2017
Olympic National Park Awarded SCA Founder’s Medal Celebrating Sixty Years of Partnership
The Student Conservation Association (SCA), the national leader in youth service and stewardship, awarded its Founder’s Medal to Olympic National Park, one of two original SCA partners and the only park to provide young SCA stewards with service opportunities in each of the past 60 years.

August 16, 2017
Olympic National Park and Port Angeles Fine Arts Center Partner to Encourage Arts in the Outdoors
PORT ANGELES, WASH. – Olympic National Park looks forward to welcoming both artists and art enthusiasts during the upcoming Paint the Peninsula Plein Air Painting Competition. Scheduled for August 21 through 27, Paint the Peninsula will feature 22 specially selected plein air artists from across the United States and Canada who will paint outdoors over the week to capture the Peninsula’s natural beauty.

August 11, 2017
East Beach Road Closing to Through-Traffic West of Log Cabin Resort for Culvert Replacement Monday August 14
East Beach Road will be closed to through traffic beginning Monday, August 14 through August 25 to allow for the replacement of the Log Cabin Creek culvert (a 25' deep excavation).

August 09, 2017
Olympic Hot Springs Road Now Open Above Glines Canyon Spillway Overlook- Boulder Creek Trail Work Complete
The Olympic Hot Springs Road in the Elwha Valley re-opened today above the Glines Canyon Overlook to the Boulder Creek Trailhead. Olympic National Park road and trail crews completed the demolition and removal of the Crystal Creek bridge on Boulder Creek Trail and installed an alternate route and foot log at that location to restore pedestrian access

July 24, 2017
Public Invited to Provide Input on Draft Olympic National Park Mountain Goat Management Plan
The National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife invite the public to review and provide input about proposed alternatives for managing non-native mountain goats in the Olympic Mountains.

July 24, 2017
Successful Search and Rescue of Missing Port Angeles Resident
A search and rescue near Obstruction Point ended with success last night when Sajean Geer, a 71 year old Port Angeles resident missing for several days, was located and rescued. Geer suffered from dehydration and fatigue but is safe and well.

July 23, 2017
search in progress for missing Port Angeles Resident
A search began in the park yesterday for Sajean Geer, a 71 year old Port Angeles resident missing for several days, after her vehicle was identified at the Obstruction Point trailhead by park law enforcement.

July 21, 2017
Contract Awarded for Olympic National Park Visitor Center Renovation- Interim Facilities Open September 6
Olympic National Park awarded the construction contract to renovate the Olympic National Park Visitor Center (ONPVC) in Port Angeles beginning September 2017.

July 10, 2017
Adventures in Science - NatureBridge Offers Summer Day Camps in Olympic National Park
Current Clallam County 5th-7th graders are invited to register for “Adventures in Science - A Summer Day Camp” at NatureBridge in Olympic National Park. Two camps will be offered this summer on July 17-21 or August 14-18, 2017.

July 07, 2017
Hiker Identified From Recovery on Coast- Identity From Obstruction Point Incident Awaiting Forensic Analysis
On July 1, Olympic National Park dispatch received a report from a hiker of a deceased male on the coast near Norwegian Memorial within Olympic National Park.On July 2, the remains of a deceased female were recovered off Obstruction Point Road and identification is pending forensic analysis.

July 07, 2017
Update- Zachary Krull Identified As Missing Hiker Recovered At Staircase Area
Olympic National Park rangers working along with Olympic Mountain Rescue volunteers, Mason County Search and Rescue and Tacoma Mountain Rescue recovered the body of Zachary Krull, 20, of Livingston, New Jersey on Sunday.

July 07, 2017
Summer Teacher Workshop in Olympic National Park
Teachers are invited to join NatureBridge and the National Park Service for Learning from a Distance, a four-day summer workshop in Olympic National Park to be held August 7-10.

June 28, 2017
Fourth of July Holiday Weekend in Olympic National Forest and Olympic National Park
As the 4th of July holiday weekend approaches, Olympic Peninsula federal land managers remind visitors and area residents to help keep public lands and visitors safe by leaving fireworks and exploding targets at home.

June 28, 2017
Mora Road Repair in Final Stage: Opening Planned in Time For Holiday Weekend
The final phase of storm damage repairs on Mora Road involving repaving and sealing operations is finishing up this week. Park officials anticipate the road to reopen to the public for the upcoming holiday weekend.

June 26, 2017
From Timber for World War I Airplanes to Providing Fish Habitat Today: Trees Cleared to Improve Spruce Railroad Trail Put to Use Preserving Fish Habitat in Park Road Repairs
The last load of logs was hauled through the McFee Tunnel on the Spruce Railroad Trail (SRRT) and will be used for a radically different purpose than the intention of the historic Spruce Railroad.

May 17, 2017
New Entrance Sign In Progress for Olympic National Park at the Visitor Center in Port Angeles
A brand new entrance sign with a river rock base and hand-peeled log support structure is under construction near the main park visitor center in Port Angeles and will provide an iconic photo opportunity for visitors.

May 10, 2017
Work on Boulder Creek Trail to Begin Monday- No Access on Olympic Hot Springs Road Above Glines Canyon Overlook
For visitor and employee safety during trail bridge work, there will be no access above the Glines Canyon Overlook on Olympic Hot Springs Road beginning Monday, May 15, until later this summer.

May 05, 2017
John L Goar Receives Hartzog Award for Outstanding Individual Volunteer Service
Olympic National Park is proud to announce Volunteer-In-Park John L. Goar is the recipient of the national Hartzog Award for Outstanding Individual Volunteer Service.

April 27, 2017
Olympic National Park Staff Prepare for Summer Season- Come Find Your Park This Spring
Spring opening dates and information for park facilities, campgrounds, roads, and concessions.

April 25, 2017
Tourism to Olympic National Park creates $398,689,900 in Economic Benefits
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 3,390,221 visitors to Olympic National Park in 2016 spent $286,786,300 in communities near the park. That spending supported 3,842 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $398,689,900.

April 21, 2017
Lake Crescent Construction Delays Will Begin in mid-July
Half-hour delays during weekdays will begin in mid-July.

March 01, 2017
Updated Schedule for Lake Crescent Highway Rehab Project
Construction now slated to begin in late April.

February 07, 2017
Reminder from Olympic National Park: Current Permits Required for Any Commercial Businesses Operating in the Park
Federal regulations prohibit engaging in or soliciting any business in park areas, except in accordance with the provisions of a permit, contract, or other written agreement with the National Park Service.

January 26, 2017
Olympic Hot Springs Road into Olympic National Park’s Elwha Valley Now Open to Vehicles
Visitors Should Use Caution & Check Weather Forecasts

September 14, 2016
Debris Removal Underway at Two Former Dam Sites on Elwha River
US Army Corps of Engineers aid in continuing restoration.

September 08, 2016
Fish Continue to Re-colonize Elwha Watershed
Biologists document Chinook salmon, summer steelhead and bull trout in the upper river.

August 11, 2016
Park Visitors and Neighbors Invited to Celebrate the National Park Service Centennial
Many ways to celebrate the NPS Centennial this month!

July 29, 2016
Music in the American Wild Coming to Olympic National Park
Classical musicians to perform original music for NPS Centennial.

July 29, 2016
Three Small Fires Burning Deep in Olympic National Park Wilderness
Smoke Visible from Surrounding Areas, Obstruction Point Road Closed Due to Smoke Impacts

Last updated: December 4, 2017

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