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Ranger-Guided Elwha River Walks to Begin on Former Lake Aldwell

Beginning Tuesday, Aug. 19, Olympic National Park rangers will lead guided interpretive walks along the Elwha River where Lake Aldwell once existed.

This free program will be offered on Tuesdays and Sundays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. through Sept. 2.

Rangers will guide visitors through the dynamic landscape being created by the river following the removal of the Elwha Dam. Walks provide an up-close look at shifting sediments, both 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 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 will last about two hours.

For more information about Elwha River Walks, contact the Olympic National Park Visitor Center at 565-3130.

For more information about Elwha River Restoration, including links to the project webcams, weekly Dam Removal Blog and Elwha River Restoration Facebook page, go to the Olympic National Park website http://tinyurl.com/Elwha-Restoration.

 

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