The OLYMPIC PENINSULA is the large arm of land in western Washington
that lies across
* 1 Geography
* 1.1 Climate
* 2 Politics * 3 Gallery
* 4 Cities and towns
* 4.1 Population of at least 10,000 * 4.2 Population of at least 5,000 * 4.3 Population of at least 1,000 * 4.4 Population of less than 1,000
* 5 References * 6 External links
The Olympic mountain range sits in the center of the Olympic Peninsula. This range is the second largest in Washington State. Its highest peak is Mt. Olympus .
Major salmon-bearing rivers on the
Natural lakes on the peninsula including,
Lake Crescent , Lake Ozette
Lake Sutherland ,
Lake Quinault , and Lake Pleasant . Two dammed
rivers form the reservoirs of
Lake Cushman and
The peninsula contains many state and national parks, including Anderson Lake , Bogachiel , Dosewallips , Fort Flagler , Fort Worden , Kitsap Memorial , Lake Cushman , Manchester , Mystery Bay , Old Fort Townsend , Potlatch , Sequim Bay , Shine Tidelands , and Triton Cove state parks; Olympic National Park ; and the Olympic National Forest . Within the Olympic National Forest, there are five designated wilderness areas : The Brothers , Buckhorn , Colonel Bob , Mt. Skokomish , and Wonder Mountain . Just off the west coast is the Washington Islands Wilderness .
A major effort called the Wild Olympics campaign is under way to protect additional wilderness areas on the Olympic National Peninsula, protect salmon streams under the Wild and Scenic River Act and provide a means for Olympic National Park to offer to buy land adjacent to the Park from willing sellers.
Clallam and Jefferson Counties, as well as the northern parts of Grays Harbor and Mason Counties, are on the peninsula. The Kitsap Peninsula , bounded by the Hood Canal and the Puget Sound, is an entirely separate peninsula and is not connected to the Olympic Peninsula.
From Olympia , the state capital, U.S. Route 101 runs along the Olympic Peninsula's southern edge and up the western and northern shorelines.
Köppen climate types of the
Most of the peninsula has an oceanic climate , or Cfb under the
Köppen climate classification
Cedar Creek and Abbey Island, Kalaloch Area *
Hoh River *
National Park Service Sign at the entrance of Hoh Rain Forest *
Hurricane Ridge *
Point of the Arches *
CITIES AND TOWNS
POPULATION OF AT LEAST 10,000
* Port Angeles
POPULATION OF AT LEAST 5,000
* Hoquiam * Ocean Shores * Port Townsend * Sequim * Shelton
POPULATION OF AT LEAST 1,000
* Belfair * Forks * Port Hadlock * Port Ludlow
POPULATION OF LESS THAN 1,000
* Amanda Park * Brinnon * Chimacum * Clallam Bay * Discovery Bay * Eldon * Hoodsport * Humptulips * Kalaloch * La Push * Lilliwaup * Moclips * Neah Bay * Ocean City * Ozette * Pacific Beach * Potlatch * Quilcene * Quinault * Sekiu * Union
* ^ Majors, Harry M. (1975). Exploring Washington. Van Winkle Publishing Co. p. 71. ISBN 978-0-918664-00-6 .