24 Celebrate the Elwha Mother Nature Restored by Dam Removal The removal of 100-year-old Elwha and Glines Canyon dams on the Elwha River began in mid-September 2011, as the largest dam removal and restoration project in U.S. history. Today, with both dams gone, the Elwha River flows freely through the valley from its headwaters in the Olympic Mountains to the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Lake Mills and Lake Aldwell reservoirs drained, and for the first time in a century, salmon and other migratory fish returned within months to 70 miles of spawning habitat. The fish bring with them the promise of a restored ecosystem and renewed cultural tradition for the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe. Elwha River Restoration Viewpoints There are two locations to view the old dam sites. The Glines Canyon Overlook at former Lake Mills has remnants of the old dam with interpretive panels along the viewing walkway and trails along the former shores and lakebed. Turn south onto Olympic Hot Springs Rd. just east of the Elwha River Bridge to access the Glines Canyon Overlook. The previous site of the Elwha Dam at the former Lake Aldwell can be found off Hwy 112 between Milepost 60-61 and Lower Dam Rd., which is now home to the newly-erected Elwha Interpretive Center. • 360-565-3130 NPS.gov/olym/planyourvisit/current-conditions.htm Photo: John Gussman Photo: Brian Harmon SalmonreturningtotheElwha ElwhaInterpretiveCenter Geocaching Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunt using GPS- enabled devices. Participants of all ages navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. Hundreds of geocaches are located across the peninsula with the Olympic Peninsula Hwy 101 Scenic Byway Loop GeoTour as a highlighted, custom tour to showcase the area. • OlympicPeninsulaGeoTour.com Golfing A mild climate and small crowds make golfing a year-round activity. PortAngeles: Semi-private Peninsula Golf Course and Par 3 links course at Salt Creek PortTownsendpubliccourses: Discovery Bay and Port Townsend Golf Course Sequim: Cedars at Dungeness (with its famous crab-shaped sand trap), Sunland Golf & Country Club and SkyRidge Golf Course TheResortAtPortLudlow: 18-hole championship course recog- nized by Esquire Magazine as “Most Scenic” Water Adventures The Olympic Peninsula has many lakes, rivers and shorelines that offer fresh and saltwater opportunities for water adventures. Surfing:La Push’s First Beach and Neah Bay’s Hobuck Beach. StandUpPaddling(SUP):Lake Crescent and the sandy beaches of Crescent Bay and Salt Creek Recreation Area. Kayaking:Hood Canal’s shores and the Strait of Juan de Fuca’s coast from Port Townsend to Neah Bay. Raftingandkayaking:Hoh, Quillayute and Sol Duc rivers. Smallboats:Sequim Bay, Port Angeles Harbor and Clallam Bay, plus area lakes. Waterrecreation+birdsandsealife:Freshwater Bay, west of Port Angeles, and protected Dungeness Bay, north of Sequim. Diving:Surrounded on three sides by water, the Olympic Pen- insula has some of the best diving on the West Coast. There are many locations around the coast of the Peninsula that offer diving and marine services. Freshwaterdiving:Lake Crescent and Lake Ozette. Saltwaterdiving:Hood Canal is world-renowned for its waters’ clarity in the off-season. Advanceddiving:open coastal waters of the National Marine Sanctuary. Special Interest Travel