News About Olympic National Park Area

Find news about happenings in the park and communities such as Seattle.

Shark and bird at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. Photo by Kate Noll

2016 National Park Photo Contest Winners

2016 Grand Prize winner is Kate Noll of wildlife from Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Runners up are Phill Monson and Sandeep Gali. + 56 Honorable Mentions Read More...

The sun breaks through storm clouds on Second Beach in Olympic National Park.

Mules Help With Weather Experiment in Olympic National Park

The Olympic Mountains Experiment (OLYMPEX) measures precipitation and help NASA fine-tune new weather satellites. Mules get the equipment into remote areas. Read More...

A family on the beach

4th Graders Can Visit Parks Free For a Year

Students in the 4th grade can get a free annual entry pass for their family to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks. Read More...

Salmon spawning in a Washington stream

Olympic NP Fishing Closures for Crab and Salmon

Emergency closures for fishing for Dungeness crab on the coast, and recreational fishing of salmon in most rivers and streams inside the park. Read More...

A billy goat (male) at Heart Lake in Olympic NP. Photo by NPS

Courts Reject Lawsuit over Fatal Goring in Olympic, sort of…

The goat had been harassing visitors for years. After goring, the goat stood guard over the man, not letting anyone aid him as he was bleeding to death. Read More...

2015 Paradise Fire in Olympic National Park.

Paradise Fire in Olympic National Park Burns into July, 2015

The 367 acre fire is located about 12 miles up-valley from the Queets River trailhead, well within the park boundary. Read More...

Sol Duc Falls Trail in Olympic National Park. Photo by David Krause

New Entrance Fees June 1, 2015 for Olympic National Park

Entrance and overnight wilderness use fees will be phased in over several years, based in large part on suggestions from stakeholders and the public Read More...

Snowshoe Hare on Deer Park Road in Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park Prepares for Summer

As migrating birds return and wildflowers bloom in the lowland forests, employees at the park are spring cleaning and preparations for main visitor season. Read More...