Ranger-Guided Elwha Discovery Walks

aldwellspringBeginning Saturday, August 3, 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 Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. through September 7.

Rangers will guide visitors through the dynamic landscape being created by the river following the removal of the Elwha Dam. Walks will provide a fascinating, 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 approximately one hour.

For more information about Elwha Discovery Walks, contact the Elwha Ranger Station at (360) 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, go to the Olympic National Park website.

July 25, 2013

 

IMAGE/Elwha Dam Removal FB page/Horsetail emerge from the sediment in former Lake Aldwell/April 16, 2013