Park extends ranger-guided Elwha Discovery Walks


Because of overwhelming popularity, Elwha Discovery Walks on former Lake Aldwell will continue through the end of September. 

The program is offered from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 30.

On this one-hour interpretive program, rangers guide visitors through a dynamic and continually changing landscape being created by the river following the removal of the Elwha Dam. Walks provide an up-close look at shifting sediments, old and new vegetation, giant stumps logged a century ago and the river re-establishing itself.

The walks are free and begin at the former boat launch located at the end of Lake Aldwell Road, which turns north off U.S. Highway 101 just west of the Elwha River bridge. 

Visitors should wear sturdy walking shoes or boots and be prepared for windy conditions with no shade.
The guided portion of the walk lasts about one hour.

For more information about Elwha Discovery Walks, call the Elwha Ranger Station at 452-9191.

For more information about Elwha River Restoration, including links to the project webcams, weekly dam removal blog and Elwha River Restoration Facebook page, people may check online at the Olympic National Park website (
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