Chief Joseph was considered one of the great Nez Perce Indian chiefs. He was one of the Indian leaders who fought against the tyranny of the white man in 1877 and who strove, until his death in 1904, for the return of his ancestral territory.
The park is on an island, created by the waters of Lake Pateros. It features a causeway and a primitive boat launch. Motor vehicles are not permitted on the island.
The Washington State Parks system includes more than 125 developed parks and covers about a quarter million acres.