Place

Mouth of the Elwha Beach Trailhead

A shore with sun breaking through after a rain shower.
The Strait of Juan de Fuca after a rain shower, seen from the mouth of the Elwha River. Photo by E. Goode/NPS.

Quick Facts

Restroom, Trailhead, Trash/Litter Receptacles

This sandy beach on the Strait of Juan de Fuca was formed after the dams on the Elwha River were removed in 2011 and 2014, gradually releasing many tons of sediment. It's a great place to appreciate the free flowing Elwha River's journey, not to mention catch a beautiful sunset. Look for geese and beavers in the nearby wetland, eagles and gulls fishing in the river, and seals offshore!

Though not part of Olympic National Park, the mouth of the Elwha is a wonderful place to see how the Elwha River has transformed in the years since dam removal.