Beginning Saturday, Aug. 3, Olympic National Park rangers will lead guided interpretive walks along the Elwha River where Lake Aldwell once existed. The free program will be offered on Saturdays at 1 p.m. through Sept. 7.
Rangers will guide visitors through the changing landscape being created by the river following the removal of the Elwha Dam. Walks will provide an 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 are advised to wear sturdy walking shoes or boots and be prepared for windy conditions with no shade. The guided portion of the walk will last about an hour.
For more information about the 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 http://tinyurl.com/Elwha-Restoration.