• Recreational fishing shut down in most Olympic National park rivers, streams

    By: KIRO 7 Staff


    The National Park Service is shutting down recreational fishing in most Olympic National Park rivers and streams.

    New restrictions kick in on Monday,

    The parks service says the move is to protect fish during ongoing drought.

    Pacific salmon, steelhead, and bulltrout are exceptionally vulnerable because of low stream flows and high water temperatures.

    The following river systems within Olympic National Park will close to all recreational fishing on August 10:  Bogachiel, South Fork Calawah, Sol Duc, North Fork Sol Duc, Dickey, Queets, Salmon, Quinault, and North Fork Skokomish Rivers (including East and North Forks) and their tributaries and Cedar, Goodman, Kalaloch, and Mosquito Creeks in the Pacific Coastal area.  

    The Elwha, Hoh and South Fork Hoh Rivers are already closed within the park to protect salmon populations.

    The mouth and coastal section of the Quillayute River within Olympic National Park remains open for recreational fishing, as do Lake Crescent, Lake Ozette and the park's many high country lakes.

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