Mauve-colored hills rise from the Columbia River, and poplars line glassy Lake Entiat below. If not for the scent of sage floating through the air, Daroga State Park could be in Southern Europe.
Located off Hwy 97 between Winthrop and Wenatchee, Daroga offers a green oasis amid the dry rolling hills of this central Washington landscape. At the park entrance, take in dramatic views, then drop into the park and find a welcome mat of green lawns rolling down to a small beach.
Life at Daroga centers around a lagoon that is perfect for beginning swimmers and paddlers. The section of river beyond makes the park a destination for boaters and water sports fans.
Stretch out on the manicured lawn, and let the kids play tag. Wade with them into the shallow waters. Walk up the hills of the park to enjoy panoramic vistas, and breathe in the scent of sage and desert flowers. Or simply sit by your tent or RV and watch the hills turn sienna in the setting sun.
Daroga State Park is a 127-acre camping park with 1.5 miles of Columbia River shoreline on the elevated edge of the desert scablands. For those whose desert vacation would not be complete without golf, the nationally recognized Desert Canyon Golf Course is just 2 miles away.
Daroga, Wenatchee Confluence and Lincoln Rock state parks are owned by Chelan PUD and operated by Washington State Parks. For this reason, power lines run above Daroga, emitting a sizzle as currents travel. Chelan PUD customers can get free day-use vehicle access to Wenatchee Confluence, Lincoln Rock and Daroga state parks, by displaying the Chelan PUD Public Power Benefit Day-Use Parking Pass. Application information is available on the Chelan PUD website. The Public Power Benefit Day-Use Pass is offered as part of a Chelan PUD pilot study. The PUD pass may be used in place of a Discover Pass at these three parks.
Discover Pass is required for day vehicle access to Washington state parks. For more information about purchasing the Discover Pass and pass exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass web page.
The park provides one kitchen shelter with water and electricity, plus 30 unsheltered picnic tables.
2 miles of bike trails
2 miles of hiking trails
Water activities & features
150 feet of dock
Personal watercraft use
Watercraft launches (2)
Other activities & features
Basketball courts (2)
Tennis courts (2)
A recreational license is required for fishing and shellfish harvesting at Washington state parks. For regulations, fishing season information, or to purchase a recreational license, visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Located in Douglas County on the Columbia River, Daroga Park offers two boat ramps and three docks.
Launching a boat at a state park requires one of the following: • An annual launch permit (Natural Investment Permit); or • An annual Discover Pass and a daily launch permit; or • A one-day Discover Pass and a daily launch permit.
A daily watercraft launching permit for $7 and a trailer dumping permit for $5 is available at the park. Annual permits also may be purchased at State Parks Headquarters in Olympia, at region offices, online and at parks when staff is available.
Latitude: 47º 42' 41.04" N (47.7114) Longitude: 120º 12' 26.63" W (-120.2074)
The park has 17 tent spaces, 28 utility spaces, one RV dump station, four restrooms (three ADA) and 12 showers (six ADA). Tent sites are in a walk-in / boat-in only area, not vehicle accessible. All utility sites have water and electric and can accommodate almost any rig.
Check-in time is 2:30 p.m.
Check-out time is 1 p.m.
Two group camps are reservable. Each accommodates up to 150 people. Fees vary with size of the group.
Reservations & fees
Reservations can be made online or by calling (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688. For fee information, check out our camping rates page.
The name Daroga comes from the first letters in the first names of the three Auvil brothers, Dave, Robert and Grady, who started an orchard / ranch at this site in 1928. The brothers developed a new type of peach on the ranch, catalogued as the Daroga Peach. In 1981, Grady Auvil sold the property to the state of Washington.