Elwha River Restoration Project

The location of the former dam on the now free-flowing Elwha River.

The Elwha River flows northward from the Olympic Mountains of northwest Washington State to the Strait of Juan de Fuca near the town of Port Angeles, Washington. Dam removal began on the Elwha River in mid-September 2011. Today, Elwha Dam is gone, over fifty percent of Glines Canyon Dam has been removed, the Lake Mills and Lake Aldwell reservoirs have drained, and the Elwha River flows freely from its headwaters in the Olympic Mountains to the Strait of Juan de Fuca for the first time in 100 years. Many locations along the river are now being re-vegetated by the Park Service and volunteers.

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Land Manager: Olympic National Park
  • Parking Permit Required: National Park Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 20
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • Custom Correct Hurricane Ridge
  • Green Trails Joyce No. 102
  • Trails Illustrated Olympic National Park
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