About Crow Butte

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 due to budget constraints. After support from local farmers, the Corps of Engineers leased the park to the Port of Benton effective August 1, 2007.

The two counties (Benton and Klickitat) initially helped fund capital improvements at the park for the first three years, which allowed us to make several upgrades to the park.

The Port’s decision to invest in the park followed meetings held 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 28th, 2007 in which the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla formally blessed the park.

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