Crow Butte Park was initially developed by the Corps of Engineers and then transferred to the State of Washington. The state managed the facility for several years, but was unable to continue operation when budgets became strained. After the state closed the park, local farmers formed an organization and ran Crow Butte for the next four years. The farmers were having difficulty sustaining the maintenance of the park and asked the Corps of Engineers to lease the park to the Port of Benton effective August 1, 2007. The Port’s decision to invest in the park followed meetings with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and officials of Benton and Klickitat Counties. The two counties helped fund capital improvements at the park for the first three years. Benton County continues to support the Port financially and has allowed us to make several upgrades to the park with more improvements on the horizon. The Crow Butte Island is culturally significant to the local tribes, leading to a ceremony on August 28th, 2007 in which the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla formally blessed the park.