Hey! Quit your daydreaming and get back to living the dream with fishing rod at hand and freshwater all around you! You heard us—the 7,500 feet of utopian shore that borders Bridgeport State Park bumps right up against Rufus Woods Lake, a most beautiful portion of the Columbia River. Once you wash ashore, safari the 18 acres of lush, shaded grass—a break from the desert terrain that makes a marvelous host to our campers and golfers out there.
These fun facts aren’t only awesome to know—they’re exciting to participate in, too: Bridgeport State Park is home to four miles of hiking trails, 240 feet of dock, two launch pads for boats (don’t forget your waterskis), and amazing wildlife to watch. What’s more, this spot hosts natural enigmas called haystacks—volcanic formations that we find to be one of Mother Nature’s coolest masterpieces. Come see for yourself!
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History of Bridgeport State Park
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.