Construction on the Elwha Dam was finished in 1913 and demolished for habitat restoration 100 years later. This is the site of the former lake above the dam.
Although it might not look as pretty as the former lake, according to the naturalists, the Elwha River is actually much healthier now. The demolition was pretty interesting, the first part being done by an excavator on a barge..
For those of you who like statistics, here are some dam facts.
We understand the salmon have returned to the Elwha and native plants are being introduced into the lake area.
We traveled farther up the road to the observation point. Not surprisingly, we were the only ones there.
Although our parking spot in the Moose lot in Port Angeles is right on a major road, it is very quiet at night. I guess they roll up the sidewalks at 9 o'clock. We have our own blackberry patch.
Although we're not wild about blackberries because of all the seeds, we'll take anything that's free!