Grand Opening of Elwha River Interpretive Center
General Public Invited May 1 – Noon to 2 PM
PORT ANGELES, Wash. — Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean on the west, the Strait of Juan de Fuca on the north, and the Hood Canal on the east, the Olympic Peninsula – Washington’s premier destination for eco-conscious travelers and outdoor enthusiasts – is pleased to announce the Grand Opening of the Elwha River Interpretive Center May 1.
The Elwha River has made history in recent years. Dammed up by two dams in the early 1800’s the River flooded historic homelands of the Klallam Tribes and stopped the natural migration of salmon. The dams fueled regional growth at the cost of the eco system and the heart of tribal life in the area.
For over a century the web of ecological and cultural connections in the Elwha Valley were broken. Then in 1992 Congress passed the Elwha River Ecosystem and Fisheries Restoration Act, authorizing dam removal to restore the altered ecosystem. After two decades of planning, the largest dam removal in U.S. history began in September, 2011 with the project being completed in 2014. Today the Elwha River flows freely from its headwaters in the Olympic Mountains to the Strait of Juan de Fuca. https://www.nps.gov/olym/learn/nature/elwha-ecosystem-restoration.htm
An Interpretive Center for the Elwha River has been established at 66 Lower Dam Road. The Scenic Juan de Fuca Scenic Highway Association is hosting a Grand Opening Celebration at the Center on Sunday, May 1 starting at 12 Noon. Everyone is invited to attend to celebrate the Interpretive Center and mark the return of the Elwha River. Please RSVP at this link: http://highway112.app.rsvpify.com/ and plan to join in the celebration and grand opening.
To learn more about the Olympic Peninsula or to plan your next trip, please visit www.olympicpeninsula.org.
About the Olympic Peninsula
The Olympic Peninsula in Washington is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean on the west, the Strait of Juan de Fuca on the north, and the Hood Canal on the east. It is famed for being home to Olympic National Park, It is famed for being home to Olympic National Park, a UNESCO* World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. This unique combination of high, snow-capped mountains, lush alpine meadows, dramatic mossy temperate rain forest, and pristine Pacific Ocean beaches attracts visitors from near and far. With over 600 miles of hiking trails and 73 miles of wilderness beaches, Olympic National Park can boast a wide array of activities for families and outdoor enthusiasts alike. The Park is part of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Culture Organization.