Elwha River Running Naturally for the First Time in a Century

We’ve been posting news of the Elwha River in Washington state a lot lately, because there’s a lot happening.  The deconstruction of two dams on the Elwha, began in September and is way ahead of schedule.  Within the next few weeks, Lake Aldwell, the reservoir behind Elwha dam, will be drawn down and eliminated.

The Elwha River.

This Summer, the anadromous fish of the Elwha, will gain another eight river miles of prime spawning water.  Deconstruction will cease when the fabled fall Chinook salmon enter the river in July.

When both dams are removed, a total of seventy river miles will be available to spawning fish, for the first time since the river was impounded in 1910.  Over eighty percent of this water, is permanently protected within the Olympic National Park boundaries, and can never be developed.

The mouth of the Lower Elwha where it enters the Pacific.

This is a momentous victory for the anadromous fish of the Olympic peninsula and for Salmon and Steelhead conservation everywhere.

About twohandedriot

My name is Jeremy Quinlan and I am the producer of the upcoming Spey fishing for Wild Steelhead movie called THE GRAB! I have worked in the film and television industry since the mid-ninties and have been a dedicated fly fisherman even longer. To merge my work and my passions together I embarked on a mission to make a movie that is all wild... all California... all the time. THE GRAB! will entertain and enlighten its' audience about the life, sport and conservation of Wild Steelhead and other anadromous fish in California and the Pacific Northwest. Check it out, feel THE GRAB!
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