This 748-acre park borders the Columbia River and was named for the town of Bridgeport which is 3 miles away. A plaque in the park honors Ralph Van Slyke who, with only the most common garden tools, cut a park in the valley above Chief Joseph Dam in the early 1960's.
Created as part of a cooperative agreement with the Corps of Engineers, the park features picnicking, camping, swimming, boating, fishing and water skiing.
7,500 feet of freshwater shoreline on Rufus Woods Lake.
"Haystacks," unusual volcanic formations resembling their name, are the park's most striking feature.
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.
The park provides two boat ramps and 240 feet of dock.
The Washington State Parks system includes more than 125 developed parks and covers about a quarter million acres.