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.
Discover Pass: A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to state parks for day use. For more information about the Discover Pass and exemptions, please visit theDiscover Pass web page.
Picnic & Day-Use Facilities
The first come, first served day-use area provides 20 unsheltered picnic tables.
4 miles of hiking trails
Water Activities & Features
240-feet of dock
Two boat ramps
Other Activities & Features
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.
Play area for children with a big toy.
The lake is abundant in rainbow trout, silvers and walleye. Fishing is open year-round. Most fishing is by boat. Shore fishing requires a Colville Tribe fishing license in addition to a state license if fishing off of state park property. Colville Tribe fishing licenses can be purchased at the Park or in the cities of Bridgeport or Brewster.
A recreational license is required for fishing and shellfish harvesting at Washington state parks. For regulations, fishing season information, or to purchase a recreational license, visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Located in Okanogan County on Columbia River, Bridgeport provides two watercraft launches and 240-feet of dock. A daily watercraft launching permit and a trailer dumping permit are available for $5. Annual permits also may be purchased at State Parks Headquarters in Olympia, at region offices, online, and at parks when staff is available. Additional information can be found in the Boating Program.
Boat Launch Latitude: 48º 0' 41.4" N (48.0115) Longitude: 119º 37' 20.99" W (-119.6225)
The park provides 14 tent spaces, 20 water and electric sites, one dump station, two restrooms (both ADA), and two showers. Maximum site length is 45-feet (limited availability). The campground is situated on a lawn with many shade trees. Most facilities are modern.
The park offers a group camp that accommodates 20 to 72 people. Fees vary with size of the group.
Reservations & Fees
Reservations can be made online or by calling 888-CAMPOUT (888-226-7688). For fee information, check out our camping rates page.
Services & Supplies
Lakewoods Golf Course is located in the park. It is a 9-hole course. Call 509-686-5721 for rates and details.
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.