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30 minutes from Spokane and just a few miles off I-90 this is a great area for winter and spring camping and hiking. The lake is open for winter season fishing but closes March 31. There is usually lots of day hike activity, but not much overnight camping.
There are no real amenities except an outhouse near the boat launch and dam. I believe this is part of the Fishtrap Recreation area and there are lots of trails that connect the lakes.
We arrived here on a Sunday night in May and the place was empty…… only one other camper and it was really far away. It is very remote, no services around and a little odd to get to, in that you have to wind past a lakeside"resort" with a little store and campsites that didn't look really very nice, yet there were people everywhere, it looked totally booked. Then you cross over the line into the campground where a$30 annual pass is required, yet the per night cost is$0 as of 2017, and there was nobody around! The campground is like a big open parking area with a boat launch and toilets and then there is also a little more dispersed sites where random fire pits have been built. We had our choice of sites so we picked one that sat away from others and was right above the water making the launch of the kayaks pretty easy.
This area is a fairly popular day use area, and the camping area is quite open with one vault toilet. However, it's a great place for those wanting to get an early start viewing wildlife at the ponds, and there's even a blind. It accesses some 8,000 acres of BLM land spreading over the channeled scablands with many trails for hiking and horseback, and decent hunting in season. It's also interesting to explore the old homestead site. and there are picnic tables and viewpoints. Since this is BLM land, you may share your space with some grazing cattle, and remember to keep the gates closed.
I have stayed at both. Both are excellent! The resort is clean, comfortable, shaded green grass, and the mechanical hook ups for RV’s are in good working order. Plenty of amenities to make your extended stay enjoyable.
The state park pads are decent. Fire ring and picnic table are provided at no extra cost. Most of the pads are very level. Grass is green, bathrooms clean, and the kids run wild. Close enough to the water to have easy access. There are RV spots in the back that are new. I haven’t stayed there yet, but I’ve driven through. It’s far enough from the main campground to be a lot more relaxed, and more suited for people that do not enjoy the kids running rampant.
Two things that neither place have any control over: wind and mosquitoes. The wind will blow hard at night. It doesn’t matter if it was dead calm when you went to sleep at 2am. Pick up and secure anything that will blow away or be damaged by high wind.
When check out time comes around, the day use area has lots of parking to finish the day in the water.
The park is nice, but really showing its age. The grass is dead, the playground leaves something to be desired from my kids, but it was clean and cheap. The 30 amp plug I plugged into was kind of sketchy. The terminals were melted pretty bad. I wish I had taken the time to hook up the water filter.
Bridgeport State Park is on the upper reaches of the Columbia River across from the town of Bridgeport. In the summer, it can be hot, and crowded with campers enjoying the river: boating, fishing, swimming, and just relaxing. It's great in the off season; in fact, March 28 there were only two other units in the campground!
Nice clean well maintained park with lots of access to the water. Kinda pricey for full hookup. We booked late in the year so we had to move twice within a 5 day stay. An issue came up that was a real bummer… we needed to move into a site that had a rental trailer on it, and it took a long time for that to get picked up. If you manage to get a site with beach access, do imagine it will be yours. We had a couple of great beach access sites, but both times, younger campers pretty much took over the beach making it uncomfortable to even use.
Willow bay is great! We camped for the 4th of July and made our reservations online on their website. It was super easy. Great location, 10 min to the grocery store and restaurants if you need them! Easy lake access and a great swimming area. Nice grassy camp spots and decent bathrooms with free showers. No cell service, but who needs it when you’re camping!