RRNW is sponsoring a fall field trip to the Elwha River to observe the amazing transformation to the river, river delta and ecosystem following the 2012 removal of the Elwha Dam and the 2014 removal of the Glines Canyon dam. Join us for a 1-day tour with Jamie Michel of the Coastal Watershed Institute, Jennifer Bountry of the US Bureau of Reclamation, and George Pess of National Marine Fisheries Service!|
We will work our way from the former Elwha Dam Overlook to the river delta, led by Elwha River restoration design and planning experts the entire way. There will be ample opportunities for social gathering and storytelling on both Friday and Saturday evenings in Port Angeles. Details to follow.
Tentative Field Trip Itinerary:
(Optional) Friday evening RRNW gathering event in Port Angeles, WA (location TBD)
Saturday, 9/29/2018 Elwha River Restoration Field Trip
Meet in Port Angeles, WA (8am) for carpool organization
Stop 1 - Former Elwha Dam Overlook/Parking (9am - 11am). Access is gained along a 1/4 mile, flat paved road, then 1/4 mile slightly inclined (3%-5%) gravel road to the dam site.
Stop 2 - Lake Aldwell View Site - View is from parking lot.
Stop 3 - Madison Falls Trailhead - Hike upstream along channel migration zone, Lunch - Bring your own (11am - 2pm). Access is gained along a 1.5 mile paved road (that is closed due to washout) with a slight incline in one section (maybe 100ft gain/drop).
Stop 4 - Elwha river delta / shoreline (2pm - 4pm). Access is a flat gravel trail and beach walk.
National Park Service Wilderness Information Center (View)
3002 Mt Angeles Rd
Port Angeles, WA 98362