Olympic National Park Locator Map

Fast Facts

Total Area
922,561 acres
Annual Visitation
2,824,908 in 2012 (view all years)
Creation Date
June 29, 1938
Entrance Fee
$15 per car per week
Time Zone
Pacific
Lowest Elevation
0 feet at Pacific Ocean
Highest Elevation
7,965 feet on Mount Olympus
Lowest Average Temp
34F in January
Record Low Temp
4F in 1950
Highest Average Temp
72F in August
Record High Temp
102F in 1981
Our Last Visit
August 2010

Park Contact Information

Olympic National Park
600 East Park Ave, Port Angeles, WA 98362
Info at (360) 565-3130
Fax to (360) 565-3015

Park Creation Timeline

1897
In 1897 President Grover Cleveland creates the Olympic Forest Reserve.
1909
In 1909 President Theodore Roosevelt designates a portion of the reserve Mount Olympus National Monument, mostly in response to the slaughter of the area elk.
1938
In 1938 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs legislation creating Olympic National Park, absorbing the national monument. It was nearly named Elk National Park instead.
1976
International Biosphere Reserve status is given to the park by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).
1981
The park is named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).

Animals and Plants

Olympic's huge variety of ecosystems leads to a huge variety of wildlife. Mammals includes Roosevelt elk, blacktailed deer, otters, seals, whales, dolphins, marmots, and porpoises.
There are 13 species of frogs, toads, and salamanders. The climate is not ideal for reptiles, but there are 3 snakes and 1 lizard species, none of which are venomous.
There are about 300 species of birds observed in the park.
The ecosystem variety results in over 1,200 types of plants. There are four types of forest alone, including montane, alpine, lowland, and temperate rain forest.


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