Hoh River

Creating a recreation and conservation area from Mount Olympus to the Pacific.

The Hoh is truly one of the West's great rivers, renowned for its healthy runs of native salmon and steelhead, its turquoise water and its incomparable setting at the foot of the Olympic Mountains, amidst one of the world's largest temperate rainforests. (Photo by Josh Kling)

Western Rivers Conservancy acquired land along the lower 30 miles of the Hoh River between Olympic National Park, which protects the Hoh's headwaters, and the Pacific Ocean. To date, WRC has protected nearly 7,000 acres and created a Recreation and Conservation Area all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Working in partnership with the Wild Salmon Center, WRC created the Hoh River Trust to permanently steward these lands for the sake of native fish and wildlife. (Photo by Lee Rentz)

The Hoh is world-renowned for its winter and summer steelhead fishing. WRC's work on the lower river has permanently conserved nearly all of the Hoh's riparian areas, enhancing river habitat for fish and wildlife. The project also opens access to the lower river in areas that were formerly closed to the public. (Photo by Lee Rentz)

Large woody debris (known as LWD) is a critical component of healthy salmon and steelhead rivers. WRC's conservation efforts have helped ensure that LWD remains a part of the river outside the national park. (Photo by Lee Rentz)

The Hoh River has an unusually high diversity of salmon and char species, including bull trout (pictured) Dolly Varden, cutthroat trout, winter and summer steelhead, spring/summer Chinook, fall Chinook, chum, sokeye, pink and coho salmon. (Photo by Barrie Kovish)

Kayakers float the Hoh River. (Photo by Lee Rentz)

The northern red-legged frog depends on the wet, woody stream-side forests of the Hoh River. (Photo courtesy of Wild Salmon Center)

Steelhead anglers fish through a promising run on the Hoh. Working in partnership with the Wild Salmon Center, Western Rivers Conservancy placed nearly 7,000 acres along the lower Hoh into the hands of the Hoh River Trust. This improves recreational access to the lower reaches of the Hoh and ensures the river remains healthy for fish and wildlife. (Photo by Dave McCoy)

The temperate rainforest of the Hoh River is one of the wettest places on earth. (Photo by Lee Rentz)

(Photo by Barrie Kovish)