Chief Joseph Dam


Bridgeport is home to one of the Pacific Northwest's hydroelectric marvels. Rising 236 feet from bedrock, Chief Joseph Dam is a link in the chain of dams harnessing the power of the Columbia River. Capable of producing more than 2.6 million kilowatts, Chief Joseph Dam is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' largest hydropower-generating dam, stretching more than one mile across and humming with 27 generators. The dam is located on Highway 17. Stop in at the visitor center, located inside the powerhouse, to see the turbines in action. If you're looking for a place to unpack that picnic lunch or let the kids loose, head south of the dam on Hwy 17 to Bridgeport State Park. Bring swimsuits and fishing poles for your few hours along the shores of Rufus Woods Lake.


Hwy 17
Bridgeport, WA 98813


47.99519400, -119.64124400
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(509) 686-5501

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