Olympic National Park News
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Fishing regulation changes in Olympic National Park to protect wild steelhead
November 30, 2021 | 3:55 pm
Olympic National Park has conservation concerns for declining wild steelhead populations and is implementing in-season fishing regulation changes within park waters for the Queets, Salmon, and Quinault river systems. Of particular concern is the forecasted low return of Queets River wild steelhead. The 2021-22 forecast for Queets wild steelhead is expected to be well below the minimum escapement goal of 4,200 wild fish. Queets wild steelhead have failed to meet that escapement goal in each of the last five years. The Salmon River will be open from December 1 through December 31, 2021 and two hatchery steelhead may be retained. The 2021-22 forecast for wild steelhead in the Quinault River system is expected to be 1,756 wild steelhead, which would be among the lowest return on record. These regulation changes are being implemented in cooperation with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Plan ahead and recreate responsibly this fall and winter season at Olympic National Park
November 24, 2021 | 3:20 pm
From snow-blanketed mountains and evergreen forests dripping with rain to ocean beaches pounded by winter storm waves—there are many ways to experience the fall and winter seasons at Olympic. Although most areas of the park are open, some facilities and park roads are closed now for the season. Before your visit, call the recorded Road & Weather line at 360-565-3131 and check the current conditions and weather forecast.
Fishers released at Olympic National Park to boost restoration efforts for housecat-sized member of weasel family
November 10, 2021 | 3:59 pm
On Friday, November 5, federal, state, tribal and partner biologists released five fishers from Alberta, Canada into the lush, coastal forest near Lake Ozette, the latest event in a nearly two decades-long project to restore the native species to Washington State.
Information meeting on the consultation process for the Enchanted Valley Chalet
November 4, 2021 | 1:07 pm
The National Park Service (NPS) is entering the next phase of the process to determine the final disposition of the Enchanted Valley Chalet, located 13 miles up the Quinault River from the Graves Creek Trailhead in the Daniel J. Evans Wilderness area in Olympic National Park (ONP). Olympic National Park, with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) and the Washington State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO), will hold a meeting to provide an overview of the Section 106 consultation process; to discuss the process for consultation of interested parties; and a review of the proposed project to date.
Two-hour delays on Highway 101 at Lake Crescent for hazard tree removal November 3 & 4 from 11:00am -1:00pm
November 2, 2021 | 5:34 pm
Hazard tree removal began last week on Highway 101 at Lake Crescent. Drivers should expect up to half-hour delays for alternating single-lane traffic from 7:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Longer delays of up to two hours are necessary to safely remove a portion of the remaining hazard trees. The longer delays will begin at 11:00 am and last for up to 2 hours and will be announced in advance. Both eastbound and westbound traffic will be delayed. Travelers to and from the western side of the peninsula can use State Route 112/113 as an alternate route.
Traffic delays on Highway 101 at Lake Crescent October 26 through late November for hazard tree removal
October 15, 2021 | 2:40 pm
Beginning Tuesday, October 26, drivers should expect traffic delays on Highway 101 at Lake Crescent for hazard tree removal. The work will begin on the west end near milepost 220 and move east to milepost 231.5 over the course of four weeks. Drivers should expect up to half-hour delays for alternating single-lane traffic from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. The work is expected to be complete before the Thanksgiving holiday.
Prescribed Burns Planned for Debris Piles Beginning October 4
October 1, 2021 | 12:22 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 4th. The debris piles are located in the Sol Duc, Elwha, Hoh, Mora, and Quinault maintenance areas of Olympic National Park. Road clearing operations in Olympic National Park generate large amounts of debris and pile burning is the most convenient and cost-effective method of disposal.
Search for overdue backpacker missing for a week ends with a rescue
September 20, 2021 | 11:41 am
A search for overdue backpacker Jerren Fisher, who was missing for a week, ended Sunday evening with a rescue in Olympic National Park. National Park Service search and rescue teams made voice contact with Fisher at 4:36 pm on Sunday afternoon. With a break in the weather, the park requested assistance from the United States Coast Guard to locate Fisher and a helicopter from Port Angeles was dispatched. At 7:16 pm the Olympic National Park search and rescue teams spotted Fisher on a hillside in the Seven Stream drainage, just north of Six Ridge. A larger Coast Guard helicopter from Astoria, Oregon hoisted Fisher and transported him in stable condition to Olympia Regional Airport where he was taken to the hospital for medical evaluation and care.
Search continues for overdue backpacker
September 18, 2021 | 4:16 pm
A search is underway for an overdue backpacker in Olympic National Park. Jerren Fisher is a 26-year-old male and is 5’11” tall, 200 pounds, with light brown hair in a ponytail and a thick red beard. Fisher is known to hike in tie dye t-shirts and bright colors. His last known location is the Graves Creek Trailhead in the Quinault Rain Forest.
Search underway for overdue backpacker
September 17, 2021 | 6:03 pm
A search is currently underway for a backpacker reported overdue in Olympic National Park. Jerren Fisher is a 26-year-old male and is 5’11” tall, 200 pounds, with light brown hair in a ponytail and a thick red beard. Fisher is known to hike in tie dye t-shirts and bright colors. His last known location is the Graves Creek Trailhead in the Quinault Rain Forest.