Alerts & Notices


View All Forest Alerts   

  • Roads Closed for Wildlife to Open May 1

    On Saturday, May 1, 2021 gates on the south part of the forest, including on the 2451 road in the North Fork Skokomish River watershed; on the 2354, 2353, and 2361 roads in the South Fork Skokomish River watershed; and on the 2294 (two gates) and 2270 roads in the Wynoochee River watershed will open. 

    These closures, which happen each winter season from October 1 through April 30, are part of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Olympic National Forest and the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife and are designed to:

    • increase wildlife utilization of habitat
    • reduce the siltation of lakes and streams
    • provide diverse recreational hunting opportunities
    • reduce harassment levels on deer and elk
    • increase the escapement rate of buck deer and bull elk

    The road systems behind these gates will be open to vehicle travel May 1 - September 30, 2021. 


  • Follow Us on Twitter Link opens in a new window