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Olympic National Park News

Showing the last 10 news releases. Click here to visit nps.gov's Olympic National Park - News section for more.

  • Free boat cleaning stations at Lake Crescent and Lake Ozette will help combat aquatic invasive species

    May 20, 2024 | 2:43 pm

    A new aquatic invasive species program will reduce the spread of existing invasive species and prevent the introduction of new invasive species by leveraging free boat cleaning stations, public outreach, partnerships, and environmental DNA sampling.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Olympic National Park Finalizes and Releases Fire Management Plan

    May 2, 2024 | 11:39 am

    Olympic National Park has completed and released a new Fire Management Plan. The revised and updated plan incorporates current federal regulation and guidance and the best available fire management science and practices.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Elwha River Tribal Ceremonial & Subsistence Fishery for Coho Salmon to Open Fall 2024

    May 1, 2024 | 11:04 am

    The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, Olympic National Park, and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife have announced that a tribal ceremonial & subsistence fishery for coho salmon on a section of the Elwha River will be open for a limited time during the fall of 2024. Additionally, the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, Olympic National Park, and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife have agreed to extend the closure of other recreational and commercial fisheries in the Elwha River until June 2025. The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe completed its first post-dam removal ceremonial & subsistence fishery for coho in October 2023, harvesting 177 coho salmon.

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  • Olympic National Park overnight wilderness permits available April 15; East Fork Quinault River Trail and Enchanted Valley pilot project begins May 15; most trails damaged by 2023 fires will reopen

    March 29, 2024 | 8:09 am

    Starting at 7:00am on April 15, Olympic National Park wilderness adventurers will be able to reserve permits for overnight trips for the summer season - May 15 through October 15. Permits can be reserved online at Recreation.gov or by calling the Wilderness Infromation Center at (360) 565-3100. Day hikers do not need wilderness permits.

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  • Washington Coastal Cleanup to be held on Saturday, April 20

    March 8, 2024 | 12:53 pm

    Every April, thousands of volunteers descend upon over 300-miles of shoreline in Washington State to participate in the annual Washington Coastal Cleanup (WCC) and remove tons of trash. Olympic National Park is just one of many partners participating in this annual event with several beaches in the park selected for clean-up on Saturday, April 20.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Environmental assessment for US 101 bridge replacement mitigation finds no significant impacts

    March 7, 2024 | 9:51 am

    The environmental analysis for the US 101 Elwha River Bridge Replacement Downstream Mitigation is complete and a Finding of No Significant Impact has been released. The environmental assessment analyzed a proposal to construct 12 engineered log jams - structures designed to mimic natural river dynamics - to mitigate impacts from the U.S. 101 Elwha River Bridge Replacement Project.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Accelerating coastal erosion forces removal of some Kalaloch cabins

    March 4, 2024 | 4:40 pm

    On March 11, 2024, Port Angeles contractor 2Grade will begin removing structurally compromised cabins in Kalaloch, Washington. The ten cabins slated for removal are within five meters of the bluff edge and unsafe for occupancy. All have been closed to public use since January 1, 2024. The main Kalaloch Lodge is not threatened. 

    Read more at nps.gov


  • 325.5 million visits to national parks in 2023, 2.9 million visits to Olympic National Park

    February 27, 2024 | 3:36 pm

    On February 22, the National Park Service announced that 400 national parks reported a total of 325.5 million visits in 2023, an increase of 13 million or 4% over 2022. Olympic National Park hosted 2.9 million visits, half a million more than in 2022.

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  • Construction will temporarily close North Shore Quinault Road in March

    February 21, 2024 | 12:03 pm

    Haztech Drilling, under contract with the Federal Highway Administration, will begin geotechnical drilling on the North Shore Quinault Road on March 1, 2024. Quinault will remain accessible throughout construction, but travelers will not be able to complete the Quinault Road loop drive. 

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Construction will impact Mora Road traffic February 12-22

    February 2, 2024 | 11:26 am

    On February 12, 2024, Haztech Drilling will begin drilling on Mora Road. Traffic will be limited to a single lane and delays will be limited to 10 minutes.

    Read more at nps.gov