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COVID-19 Updates

 
OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK:

May 29, 2020 Update

Open:
The Lake Crescent area is open for day use recreation. This includes the Barnes Point area with access to the Marymere Falls and Moments in Time trailheads and the Storm King and Fairholme boat launches. Bovee’s Meadow, La Poel and East Beach picnic areas are also accessible. Note: The Spruce Railroad Trail is currently under construction and closed to all use for public safety until the project is complete in fall 2020.

Lake Crescent Lodge is now open and updates are available on their website. All dining at the lodge will be open to lodging guests, but offering takeout services only.

Sol Duc Road is open to vehicles for day use recreation.

Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort is now open for lodging and updates are available on their website. The Sol Duc RV Park & Campground remain closed at this time. All dining will be open to lodging guests, but offering takeout services only. At this time, access to the Mineral Hot Springs & Pool will be limited to Sol Duc Resort guests only. Day passes will not be available for guests outside of Sol Duc Resort.

The Heart O’ the Forest trail in the Heart O’ the Hills area is accessible for day use with parking available at the amphitheater.

The Staircase area is open for day use recreation.

The North Shore Road and July Creek Picnic Area in Quinault are open for day use recreation. (Graves Creek and North Fork roads remain closed to motor vehicles). Toilets are available at July Creek and at the Quinault Ranger Station on North Shore Road. The Ranger Station remains closed.

Entrance fees: As park areas reopen for day use recreation, entrance fees will also be collected. Save time at park entrances by purchasing your digital park entrance passes on Recreation.gov at no additional cost. Once purchased, passes for Olympic National Park must be printed prior to use. While in the park, the paper copy is presented at entrance stations and displayed on the vehicle dashboard, particularly when the vehicle is parked at trailheads. Connectivity is limited or non-existent in the park, therefore printing the permit in advance is required. The pass will be accepted at all park entrance stations.

Recreate Responsibly
Visitors are urged to plan aheadhike smartpack the Ten Essentials, and have an emergency plan even for a day hike.

While the listed areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased, and services may be limited. When recreating, please follow local area health orders, practice Leave No Trace principles, and avoid crowding and high-risk outdoor activities.

As parks make more areas available to the public, the NPS encourages you to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and follow Leave No Trace principles when you visit.

  1. Know before you go. Visit NPS.gov/findapark for current park conditions and availability of restrooms and other facilities. Make a plan, follow the 10 Essentials, and if you are sick, stay home.
  2. Keep it close. Follow the state and county orders governing the open status of the area you’re considering visiting. The National Park Service is working closely with governors and state and local health departments as we increase access and services across the National Park System.
  3. Keep your distance. Recreate with the people in your household. Give others plenty of room whether you are on a trail, at a boat launch, or in a parking lot. Follow the CDC social distancing guidelines for staying six feet away from others. Be prepared to cover your nose and mouth if you’re near others.
  4. Know your limits. Postpone challenging hikes or trying new activities while first responders, parks, and communities continue to concentrate on responding to the pandemic.
  5. Keep it with you. If you brought it, take it with you. Trash pickup and restroom facilities will continue to be limited in many park areas . Follow Leave No Trace principles.

The NPS conducts thousands of search and rescues servicewide each year, many of which could be avoided with visitors planning and making responsible decisions. During the ongoing health crisis, it’s critical that we make wise choices to keep our national park rangers and first responders out of harm’s way. Please follow these Recreate Responsibly tips to safely spend time outside.

Closed:

  • All coastal areas of Olympic National Park are closed to all park visitors until further notice. The coastal area closures include all parking areas, trails, beaches, and facilities at Kalaloch, Mora, and Ozette.
  • The following park roads are closed at the park boundary: Hurricane Ridge Road above the Heart O’ the Hills entrance station; Ozette Road; Mora Road; Upper Hoh Road; Lower and Upper Queets roads; and the North Fork and Graves Creek roads in the Quinault Valley. The Olympic Hot Springs Road and Whiskey Bend Road in the Elwha Valley are closed to vehicles at the Madison Falls parking area due to the washout of Olympic Hot Springs Road. Deer Park, Obstruction Point, and Hurricane Hill roads have not opened for the season and remain closed at this time.
  • All overnight camping, including in wilderness, is currently suspended. All drive-in park campgrounds are closed including: Staircase, Heart O’ the Hills, Ozette, Mora, Hoh, Kalaloch, Queets, North Fork, and Graves Creek. Deer Park, Fairholme, Sol Duc, and South Beach have not opened for the season and remain closed at this time. With this closure, it is important to remember that no other areas in the park are authorized for camping.
    • To make changes to or cancel existing wilderness permit reservations affected by this closure, please contact the Wilderness Information Center at 360-565-3100 (Option 4) or email Olym_WIC@nps.gov.
  • Public facilities including visitor centers and ranger stations remain closed.
  • Kalaloch Lodge, Creekside Restaurant and The Mercantile closed as of March 23. The tentative date for reopening is currently June 12 at the earliest.
  • Log Cabin Resort has delayed opening until June 12 at the earliest.

For information on specific lodging in the Park visit:

Kalaloch Lodge

https://www.thekalalochlodge.com/covid-19-updates

Lake Crescent, Lake Quinault, Sol Duc Resort, Log Cabin Resort

https://www.olympicnationalparks.com/alerts/2020/covid-19-guest-updates/

LAKE CRESCENT HWY 101 PROJECT ROAD CONSTRUCTION ALERT:

June 1, 2020

Construction work hours will be Monday thru Friday from 7:00am to 5:00pm

  • No work scheduled until Friday,
  • Striping rescheduled to Friday

OLYMPIC NATIONAL FOREST

May 27, 2020

The summer recreation season of 2020 will be very different.  COVID has introduced new challenges in managing our recreation sites while ensuring the safety of our staff and visitors.

Key public messages:

Self-Reliant Recreation…expect no services or limited services, be ready for a new experience of self-dependence.

Leave No Trace…bury waste or pack it out, pack out garbage

Responsible Recreation…know before you go, be prepared, and follow the rules.  Limit resource damage to ensure opportunities continue for all.

Vandalism and non-compliance equals reduced services now and into the future.

Trailheads

All Trailheads are OPEN except Mt. Ellinor Lower, Mt. Ellinor Upper, Mt. Mueller, Big Creek, Jefferson Ridge, Jefferson Lake, and Elk Lake THs. 

However, amenities and services at Trailheads are not necessarily open.  Visitors should expect to be self-sufficient and self-reliant.

No water, No restrooms, No trash collection should be expected

Certain locations, however, may have services.  If services are provided, fees apply.

Day Use Areas:

All Day Use Sites are OPEN.

However, amenities and services at Day Use Areas are not.  Visitors should expect to be self-sufficient and self-reliant.

No water, No restrooms, No trash collection should be expected

Certain locations, however, may have services.  If services are provided, fees apply.

Pacific Ranger District Campgrounds

Willaby, Gatton Creek, and Falls Creek are anticipated to open on May 29th. 

All other Campground openings will be dependent on securing PPE for employee safety.

Quinault Lodge will resume operations on May 29th but will have modified operations, guests are encouraged to call the Lodge directly for more information and details.

Fees     

All campgrounds will have the same expanded amenity fee as previous years.  Campgrounds will have all amenities previously provided.

Trailheads & Day Use sites with standard amenity fees will only have a fee if it has operational restrooms.  This will change throughout the summer, location by location, based on PPE. 

Trails     

While trails are open, trail volunteers have not been out on the trails since mid-March.  Visitors should expect a lower maintained trail network initially.  A more primitive experience in trails, especially those in designated wilderness, is likely all summer. Trail users should be encouraged to utilize the online trail register to share trail conditions.

Current Closures              Maple Fire Area Closure is still in effect. 

Mt. Ellinor and Washington Area Closure is still in effect.

This will be a very different recreation season on the forest.  If you have questions, contact your local Forest Service Office at 360-374 6522.  It gets forwarded to Quinault. You can also call Quinault directly at 360-288 2525.

CLALLAM COUNTY PARKS:

The following day-use parks will be reopened on Tuesday, May 5th and serviced weekly by department staff:

Pillar Point, Clallam Bay Spit, Clallam Bay “West” and “East”, Lake Pleasant, Fred Orr Ball Fields, Quillayute River

For the entire list of County Day-use parks http://www.clallam.net/Parks/documents/C19.PR.050120.pdf

DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES (DNR)

DNR Lands open to day-use https://www.dnr.wa.gov/open#olympicregion 

CLOSED:

Bogachiel State Park

Clallam Bay / Sekiu Visitor Center

Forever Twilight in Forks Collection

Forks Logging and Mill Tour

Forks Timber Museum

Hoh Reservation

John’s Beachcombing Museum (CLOSED FOR 2020)

Makah Reservation (Closure extended to June 30) https://makah.com/

Quileute Reservation (Closure extended to July 3) including Second, First Beaches

SELF-GUIDED TWILIGHT TOUR:

Miller Tree Inn B&B (“The Cullen House”) is only open to registered guests. Those NOT staying with MTI, are welcome to take pictures from the road. There is a sign with a QR code posted at the front, where fans can get a professionally taken graduation cap picture sent to their phone.  

City of Forks City Hall is closed to walk in traffic. The front parking lot is still accessible. 

Forks Community Hospital asks fans to park at the church and walk over to view Dr. Cullen’s Parking Spot. Monday – Friday: If you would like to see and buy swag you can ring the bell at the admin building and stay outside. You can view the items through glass door and they will bring it outside.

LOCAL RESTAURANTS:

Restaurants are open for seating and/or takeout. Click here for a complete guide. 

FISHING:

Recreational Fishing Update for June 1 in Olympic National Park

May 29, 2020

On June 1, 2020, Olympic National Park will open the following park waters to recreational fishing: Lake Crescent, Sol Duc River, Gray Wolf River, Dosewallips River, Duckabush River, North Fork Skokomish River, and mountain lakes as per normal fishing seasons and regulations. The reopening is part of a phased approach by specific geographic area. Anglers are encouraged to practice responsible recreation and enjoy these outdoor activities if they can do so close to home, while also practicing physical distancing.

The following areas within Olympic National Park will remain closed to fishing until further notice:

  • Lake Ozette and the Ozette River;
  • Dickey and lower Quillayute River;
  • Intertidal and marine waters;
  • Bogachiel and South Fork Calawah River systems;
  • Hoh and South Fork Hoh River systems;
  • Cedar, Goodman, Kalaloch, and Mosquito Creeks;
  • Queets and Salmon River systems;
  • Matheny Creek and Sams River;
  • Quinault, East Fork and North Fork River systems;
  • Irely Lake;
  • All tributaries to above listed areas

Updates are posted to the park website at nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/fishing.htm.

The temporary closure to recreational fishing parkwide in late March was in coordination with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and in response to the Stay Home, Stay Healthy Proclamation 20-25 and Proclamation 20-05 issued by the Governor of the State of Washington to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 

WASHINGTON’S PHASED APPROACH:

Clallam County’s Health Officer has estimated the following dates for phases to begin: 

Phase 2 – June 1 (our current phase)

Phase 3 – July 15

Phase 4 – September 1

See the Washington’s Phased Approach chart on this link