Second only to sunlight, water is the most important and essential element within the Park. The wild Olympic Coast is continually sculpted by the power and rage of the Pacific, its image transformed by the day’s weather and the hour of the light. The ocean delivers vast quantities of moisture. Delivered as rain and snow it feeds the rivers’ requisite role in reshaping the land as it races to return to the sea. Myriad streams rest on their journey in peaceful lakes, pools, ponds, meadow bogs, and like their frozen peers above snow-fed glaciers, wait eternally to temper the water’s force and nurture the renewal of life within the Park.

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