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Washington State Parks

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North Cascades Region
Bridgeport State Park
Bridgeport State Park © William Byron
Bridgeport State Park © William Byron
Bridgeport State Park is a 748-acre camping park with 7,500 feet of freshwater shoreline on Rufus Woods Lake. Set directly behind Chief Joseph Dam, this lake is actually a segment of the Columbia River. The park provides 18 acres of lawn and some shade in the midst of a desert terrain. "Haystacks," unusual volcanic formations resembling their name, are the park's most striking feature. Located behind Chief Joseph Dam, Bridgeport State Park provides lake, lawn and shade in the midst of a desert terrain. "Haystacks," unusual large volcanic formations, are the park's most unique feature. Interpretative programs are offered seasonally on many topics.
Nature of the Area
WildlifeMammals Birds Fish & Sea Life? Bears? Bobcats? Coyotes? Deer or Elk? Marmots? Muskrats? Rabbits ? Chukars? Crows or Ravens? Doves or Pigeons? Ducks? Eagles? Geese? Gulls? Hawks? Hummingbirds? Jays? Ospreys? Owls? Pheasants? Quail? Swans? Woodpeckers? Wrens ? Perch? Trout? Walleye

Environmental FeaturesPhysical Features Plant Life The park has some unique volcanic formations called "haystacks." These basalt structures look like huge haystacks from a distance. ? Ponderosa Pine? Spruce? Ash? Birch? Maple? Oak? Poplar? Daisy? Lupines? Paintbrush? Rose? Poison Ivy
History of the Area
A park plaque honors Mr. Ralph Van Slyke who, with the most common garden tools, cut a park in the valley above Chief Joseph Dam in the early 1960s. Van Slyke was a retired employee of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The park was named for the town of Bridgeport, which from 1881 to 1889 was known as Westfield. In 1889, Mr. J. Covert, a citizen of Bridgeport, Connecticut, came west to survey a railroad route and renamed Westfield after his hometown.

The park was created as part of a cooperative agreement between Washington State Parks and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps is involved in park-building because of an operating agreement for dams which requires the corps to rebuild recreation areas.
The park provides 14 tent spaces, 20 utility spaces, one dump station, two restrooms (both ADA) and two showers. Maximum site length is 45 feet (may have limited availability). Since the park is heavily used, mid-week is the recommended time to locate a vacant campsite. The campground is situated on a lawn with many shade trees. Most facilities are modern. All campsites are first-come, first-served.

Group Accommodations:

The park offers a group camp that accommodates 20 to 72 people. Fees vary with size of the group.

Park hours/updates:

Summer: 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.Winter: Closed Oct. 27, reopens March 20.

Camping:Check-in time, 2:30 p.m.Check-out time, 1 p.m.Quiet hours: 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.

Watercraft launch reopens Feb. 20.

The park provides two boat ramps and 240 feet of dock.

A daily watercraft launching permit and a trailer dumping permit is available at the park..Annual permits also may be purchased at State Parks Headquarters in Olympia, at region offices, online, and at parks when staff is available.

Fishing is open year round. The trout fishing is starting to pick up, depending on wind conditions.

Bridgeport State Park is

First-come, first-served day-use area provides 20 unsheltered picnic tables.
Nature Programs
Interpretive programs are provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Subjects include the operation of Chief Joseph Dam, area wildlife, and many other topics of local interest. Programs are usually on Saturdays during the summer season.
Area Attractions
Trails Water Activities Other? 4 mi. Hiking Trails ? Boating (freshwater)? Boating (freshwater, non-motorized)? 2 boat ramps (freshwater)? 240 feet of dock (freshwater)? Fishing (freshwater)? Personal Watercraft (freshwater)? Swimming (freshwater)? Water Skiing (freshwater) ? Bird Watching? 1 Fire Circle? Golf? Interpretive Activities? Sailboarding? Wildlife Viewing

The lake is abundant in rainbow trout, silvers and walleye. Most fishing is by boat, as shore fishing requires a Colville Tribe fishing license (for sale at the Bridgeport hardware store) in addition to a state license.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
March 16 Horses?
We are wondering if horses are aloowed to camp there? We are unsure of the rules of a state park nore have we ever been to this camp area :) Thanks to anyone who can answer this!
September 2 Great park - highly recommend it by Eric
The ranger, staff and campground host were very helpful and friendly. The park was very well maintained. The sites are situated far enough from one another for good privacy. Nice paved path from the park down to the nearby dam for walking or biking. With the irrigated grounds, it felt like a quiet, green oasis. The family had a great time - very relaxing.
August 15 Best for boating and stargazing by Ray
Excellent for boating, good for swimming, decent for golf. I always enjoy this park.
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Located three miles northeast of Bridgeport, Wash., in the north central area of the state.

From Bridgeport : Drive north on Highway 17 for .5 mile. After crossing the Columbia River, turn right at the park sign. Continue approximately two miles to park entrance.

From Wenatchee : Drive north on Highway 97, then proceed south on Highway 17 for eight miles. Turn at the park sign and continue approximately two miles to park entrance.


Washington State Parks