The Elwha River is beautiful, and is both a calm and smooth river as shown in this photo, and in other places a raging wild river. It is one of our major rivers on the Olympic Peninsula. It comes out of the Olympic Mountains and winds its way down through two dams, which are currently getting removed to restore Salmon habitat, and then it flows into beautiful Freshwater Bay west of Port Angeles.
You can fish and boat on the Elwha River, and kayaking is a popular Elwha River activity. If you don’t have your own kayak, you can rent one or you can take a kayak tour.
If you’re a movie buff, you might recognize the Elwha River Dam in the movie, The Hunted, starring Tommy Lee Jones and Benito del Toro, where they had an intense knife fight just below the dam. The Elwha River is definitely worth seeing.
There are some homes, but not very many, with stunning views of the Elwha River, and there are still fewer homes for sale along the Elwha River or with a view of the river. I did recently help clients purchase a home near the mouth of the Elwha River in Freshwater Bay, but that was a rare find.
Last Updated on September 18, 2019 by Chuck Marunde