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Elwah dam removal?

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Elwah dam removal?

I saw this mentioned in another post. Is there something unique to see here? Is it worth a stop/detour?



Poulsbo, Washington
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1. Re: Elwah dam removal?

There will be when the project is finished, but not now.

Port Townsend...
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2. Re: Elwah dam removal?

Unless you knew what it looked like before, not really.


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Port Angeles, WA
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3. Re: Elwah dam removal?

No, it is not worthwhile. I live right down the road from the Elwha and frequently hike the trails above it. If you drive up Whiskey Bend Road, an unpaved, single lane, winding road that runs above the river to a series of beautiful trails, you will get glimpses of the new configuration of the river as it threads its silty way across the former lake bed. When I say glimpses, I mean it. Whiskey Bend deserves all your attention. On the other hand, the trails at the end of the road are wonderful. One runs up toward Lillian Camp and beyond. One runs down to the river itself, passing two interesting old homesteads and a pretty waterfall as it does. My advice is to concentrate on the trails rather than the dam removal project.

There is an overlook on Highway 112 where you can gaze out at the removal site, but it's not all that interesting.

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4. Re: Elwah dam removal?

OK, Thank you everyone!


Port Angeles...
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5. Re: Elwah dam removal?

I find the river restoration the most exciting history-making event in Olympic National Park. When I visited the mouth of the Elwha and witnessed the return of multiple Bald Eagles, a sand spit, and a plethora of woody debris this spring 2013 - I cried.

The Lower Elwha Klallam uncovered their creation site with the return of the lower reservoir to a river. This is after 100 years of having the site underwater and all the original ancestors who survived the smallpox epidemic (which was only ~15% of the native populations) having only told their children stories about the site.

I have Elwha as a Google Alert and not a day goes by without press about the Elwha restoration project:






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