Salmon abound in the rivers and ocean in this area with trout coming in second place.
The Elwha River salmon are recovering their former number since the Elwha and Glines Dams were removed four years ago. As of October, 2018, 5,300 chinook are expected to return this fall to spawn, 15,000 rainbow trout were counted in September and bull trout and summer steelhead numbers are multiplying apace. The Elwha may be opened to sport fishing as early as July, 2018. River House has very generous frontage on the River that is available to our guests. Rick knows the River like the back of his hand and is available for scheduled lessons for those new to salmon and trout fishing.
Silver salmon and king salmon are running in the rivers from September (provided there is good rainfall during the month) to February. Steelhead are available from November to the end of March. Salt water salmon fishing season runs from July 1st to August 15th.
Rick guides river drift- boat fishing and can arrange for charter ocean fishing. He also provides guide services for the genetically distinct Beardslee trout found only in nearby Lake Crescent, a most beautiful place. The Beardslee trout season starts June 1st and ends October 31st. They are catch and release only and no license is needed as Lake Crescent is part of the Olympic National Park.
Scenic drift boat trips on the west end rivers are available.
Text Rick for further information at 360 477-1715.
A minimum of two and maximum of three persons are necessary to book a drift boat fishing trip and a minimum of a two night stay at River House is also needed. Scenic drift boat trips can accommodate 1 adult and 2 children, ages 8 and up or 2-3 adults. A minimum of two persons is needed for fishing Lake Crescent.
Read one of our reviews:
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this lovely river chalet right after Christmas in December 2017, complete with several inches of snow outside! We arrived to a clean and warm spacious home, ready to relax for a few days and show our German guests this very NW part of Washington state. We had a great day outing to a Lake Crescent hike, and Rialto Beach on the coast, otherwise stayed cozy in the house. We mostly ate in and enjoyed the roomy and well-stocked kitchen and long dining table - perfect for the seven of us. The bedrooms were lovely and beds comfy. At first we didn't see any firewood, but a quick call to the owner told us where to find it (had not been restocked after last visitors) and we then enjoyed the warmth of the wood burning stove, which was especially nice after tiptoeing through the snow after time in the hot tub! So quiet there, with amazing views during the day and even stars at night. Loved our getaway!
Submitted Apr 19, 2018
River House, a 2672 sf home on a high bank above the Elwha River, features views of the River and the distant snow-topped mountains that are a photographer's delight, an ever-changing vista of light and shadow.
The spacious great room/dining area/kitchen is lit by a three-story prow window and invites day's end relaxation with television, wood stove and comfortable leather seating. The dining area features seating for six around a large teak table. The modern kitchen is well-equipped for meal preparation.
The "Sockeye Suite" a light-filled room with an en-suite bath, king size bed, television and walk-in closet, encompasses the second floor, assuring the greatest privacy. A balcony off the bedroom is a fine place to take your morning coffee. The adjacent "Tuckaway Room," a cozy spot with a comfortable twin bed, shares a bath with the Sockeye Suite.
On the main floor, a third bedroom features a king- size bed, television, a walk-in closet and an adjacent designated bath. "Waterfowl Room" takes its theme and colors from exquisitely detailed duck prints and decoys.
The fourth bedroom is the striking "Upland Game Birds" room featuring prints of a pheasant in flight and ruffled grouse, a queen bed, walk- in closet and an adjacent designated bath.
Though River House does not have ramps, it is accessible via 2 steps at the front of the house. The open kitchen, dining area and living area are very spacious, including wide aisles in the kitchen, making wheelchair and other assisted mobility easy. The deck off the dining area is the same height as the interior flooring, allowing outdoor viewing of the River and mountains.
A path down to the River allows a close-up view of the changes in the water flow since the the Glines and Elwha dams were removed.
We are blessed with occasional visits from deer and the Herrick Road elk herd, as well as cougar and bear spottings.
Across the River is the Olympic Hot Springs Road entrance to the Olympic National Park. This entry leads to a recently built overlook to the former site of the Glines Dam.
Lake Crescent is about 15 minutes west on Highway 101. The Lodge has a covered porch and outdoor seating fine for sipping your tea, coffee, wine etc and viewing a stunning 624 ft deep lake, recently voted the best in Washington. There are easy flat walking paths on the grounds as well. A mile-long trail leads to the 90 foot Marymere Waterfall.
Olympic Raft and Kayaking is literally "right down the road". Harbinger Winery's Tasting Room is about 6 miles east on 101, on the right side. Right next door is Adventures in Kayaking.