About Crow Butte

Crow Butte Park was originally 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 operations due to budget constraints. After support from local farmers, the Corps of Engineers leased the park to the Port of Benton in 2007.

Benton and Klickitat Counties initially helped fund capital improvements at the park for the first three years, which allowed for several upgrades.

The Port’s decision to invest in the park followed meetings with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Crow Butte Island is culturally significant to the local Tribes, leading to a ceremony on August 28, 2007, where the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla formally blessed the park.

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