Olympic National Park News
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Sport fishing regulation changes in Olympic National Park will protect wild steelhead
December 1, 2022 | 2:24 pm
Due to significant and ongoing conservation concerns, the Queets and Salmon Rivers will remain closed to sport fishing to protect wild steelhead populations. Additionally, the Quinault River within Olympic National Park will be closed to fishing on December 1, 2022.
Utility upgrades planned for Heart O’ the Hills Campground
November 30, 2022 | 8:08 am
In spring 2023, Olympic National Park will be rehabilitating the water and wastewater systems for the Heart O' the Hills Campground. The campground and Heart O' the Forest Trail will be closed during construction. The contract for this work was awarded in fall 2022.
Olympic National Park shares “top ten tips” for fun and safe winter recreation
November 9, 2022 | 8:34 am
As winter comes to the Pacific Northwest, national park rangers share their tips and recommendations for visitors planning a wintry visit to Olympic National Park. While winter weather may bring increased road hazards and some closures, it can also be a special time to experience this Northwest national park.
Search underway for missing hiker Laura Macke
November 3, 2022 | 3:26 pm
A search is currently underway for a hiker reported missing at 10 am on November 2, 2022. Laura Macke is a 35-year-old female, 5’6” tall, 200 pounds with curly, light brown hair in a bob cut. Macke had a backcountry permit for October 30-31, 2022 and was traveling solo with an intended route to the Enchanted Valley Chalet. She indicated that she would still be in the backcountry on November 1 but has not returned. Macke is known to hike in a black and white striped shirt, black rain jacket and maroon colored puffy jacket.
Emergency closure of recreational fishing in most rivers and streams ends on November 1
October 31, 2022 | 2:02 pm
An emergency closure of recreational fishing in many rivers and streams at Olympic National Park will end at 12:01 am, November 1, 2022. The Queets and Salmon Rivers will remain closed to recreational fishing until further notice.
Prescribed Burns Planned for Debris Piles Beginning October 31
October 21, 2022 | 12:42 pm
The Olympic Interagency Fire Management Program and park road crew have planned and prepared for prescribed burns of five woody debris piles beginning Monday, October 31st.
Small size of harvestable razor clams causes cancellation of harvest at Kalaloch
October 12, 2022 | 1:20 pm
Due to the continued small size of harvestable razor clams on Kalaloch beach, Olympic National Park will not hold a 2022/2023 recreational razor clam harvest season.
Emergency Closure of Recreational Fishing in Most Rivers and Streams of Olympic National Park to Begin on October 6
October 5, 2022 | 12:00 am
Because drought conditions have reduced river flow to a historic low, there is an emergency closure of most rivers and streams in Olympic National Park to protect fish populations, effective October 6 at 12:01 AM.
Olympic National Park celebrates National Public Lands Day with two volunteer events
September 15, 2022 | 8:44 am
On Saturday, September 24, 2022, Olympic National Park and the Friends of Olympic National Park will host two volunteer events to remove invasive plants and plant native species in the national park’s headquarters district. Both events take place on National Public Lands Day, the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort on public lands. Members of the public are invited to join in these projects to take part in this nationwide celebration of public lands and volunteerism.
Ruby Beach reopens after summer closure
September 14, 2022 | 8:27 am
On September 14, 2022, the Ruby Beach parking area and access road at Olympic National Park will reopen after a three-month closure.