The Info List - Olympic Peninsula

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The OLYMPIC PENINSULA is the large arm of land in western Washington that lies across Puget Sound
Puget Sound
from Seattle
. It is bounded on the west by the Pacific Ocean , the north by the Strait of Juan de Fuca , and the east by Hood Canal. Cape Alava , the westernmost point in the contiguous United States
United States
, and Cape Flattery , the northwesternmost point, are on the peninsula. Comprising about 3600 square miles, the Olympic Peninsula
Olympic Peninsula
contained many of the last unexplored places in the contiguous United States
United States
. It remained largely unmapped until Arthur Dodwell and Theodore Rixon mapped most of its topography and timber resources between 1898 and 1900.


* 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 Peninsula
Olympic Peninsula
is home to temperate rain forests , including the Hoh , Queets Rain Forest, and Quinault . Rain forest vegetation is concentrated primarily in the western part of the peninsula, as the interior mountains create a rain shadow effect in areas to the northeast, resulting in a much drier climate in those locales.

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 Olympic Peninsula
Olympic Peninsula
include, clockwise from the southwest: the Humptulips , the Quinault , the Queets , the Quillayute , Bogachiel , the Sol Duc , the Lyre , the Elwha (see Elwha Ecosystem Restoration ), the Dungeness , the Dosewallips , the Hamma Hamma , the Skokomish , and the Wynoochee River .

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 Wynoochee Lake ; two previous reservoirs, destroyed in the Elwha Ecosystem Restoration, included Lake Aldwell (behind the former Elwha Dam ) and Lake Mills (behind the former Glines Canyon Dam ).

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;