When we first visited the Olympic National Park, we stopped at the visitors center for information. The lady working there told us about history in the making. She told us not to miss visiting the Elwha Dam. It is scheduled to be removed. It is a huge project, the largest dam removal in U.S. history.
It will free the Elwha River after 100 years. Salmon populations will swell from 3,000 to nearly 400,000 as all five species of Pacific salmon return to more than 70 miles of river and stream.
Returning salmon and a restored river will renew the culture of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe. Tribal members will have access to sacred sites now inundated and cultural traditions can be reborn. We feel blessed to have been here at the right time to see it before it's removal. We also hope to return and see the effects afterward. See photos for more information.