Daroga State Park
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Introduction

Daroga State Park is a fantastic spot featuring plenty of shoreline along Lake Entiat and the Columbia River, an assortment of activities as well as 28 campsites with partial hookups for RVs. Located eight miles north of Orondo, Washington, Daroga State Park is situated along one and one-half mile of shoreline on Lake Entiant which is part of the Columbia River. The park was created in 1981 when Grady Auvil sold the land to Chelan PUD Public Power which leases the land to Washington State Parks. The surrounding landscape is fabulous with views of the Cascade Mountain Range and the desert channeled scablands of central Washington.

The area was once home to the Wenatchee Indian Tribe that was non-violent towards European settlers. The first settlers to reach the area were the British Northwest Fur Company. These settlers where followed by gold seekers and finally the Auvil Brothers in 1928. Dave, Robert and Grady used the land to form an orchard and they developed the Daroga Peach. Today, the 90-acre state park is a playground for campers and outdoor enthusiasts looking for fun on water as well as land.

Activities at Daroga State Park are excellent for people in motorhomes including hiking, a variety of boating choices and a protected swimming area. RVers that like spotting birds will be pleased with their sightings and families enjoy the campground which features a tennis/basketball court and a soccer/baseball field.

Summertime weather between May and September brings temperatures that range from the mid-70s to mid-90s along with minimal rainfall of less than an inch per month. Winter month temperatures stay between the high 30s and mid-40s with two or more inches of rainfall per month.

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Transportation in Daroga State Park

Driving

You can access Daroga State Park in your motorhome or RV from Washington State Route 97. As you navigate north from Orondo you will need to maneuver along the channeled scabland desert plateaus east of the river before following the shoreline of the Columbia River. Route 97 contains numerous curves with turnouts that should be used by bigger rigs to help keep the flow of traffic moving along the narrow highway.

Traveling south from Chelan Falls poses problems for drivers while following the windy road along the shore of the Columbia River with the last few miles of the drive over channeled scabland desert terrain. Expect slower traveling times along the river on route 97 if you are pulling a second vehicle or boat and remember to use the pull-outs along the highway when needed. Once in the park there is one road that takes you to the campground area. There are several spots such as the boat launch and day use areas along the road where there is congestion on most days. The RV and trailer campground is a single loop which is not hard to navigate in larger vehicles. While driving in the park please adhere to all posted speed limits. Be prepared to share the road with pedestrians, bicyclists and children playing.

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Campgrounds and parking in Daroga State Park

Campsites in Daroga State Park

Reservations camping

Daroga State Park Upper Campground

The Daroga State Park Upper Campground is situated in the northern section of the park along one loop that contains 28 campsites for trailers with partial hookups including water and electricity. There are minimal shade trees within the campground and the area features manicured grass between sites. Campsites available include back-in and pull through sites. Each campsite is furnished with a fire ring, picnic table and paved parking pad which may require leveling. Motorhomes and trailers are limited to 60 feet in length and not all sites can accommodate large rigs. There is a dump station located near the entrance of the park. Other facilities include flush toilets, showers, soccer field, baseball field, basketball courts and tennis courts. Generators may be used from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Pets must be restrained by a 6-foot leash at all times. Reservations are accepted between May 15th and September 15th of each year.

Daroga State Park Lower Campground

The Daroga State Park Lower Campground contains 17 primitive campsites along one loop in the southern section of the park. The campsites are only accessible by foot or boat. The campground area does not offer much shade or privacy. Each site offers a fire ring, picnic table and gravel tent pad. There are vault toilets within the primitive campground. Drinking water may be limited at the campground. Pets must be restrained by a 6-foot leash at all times. The campground is reservable from May 15th until September 15th each year.

First-come first-served

Daroga State Park Upper Campground

The Daroga State Park Upper Campground is situated in the northern section of the park along one loop that contains 28 campsites for trailers with partial hookups including water and electricity. The campsite is first come, first serve from September 16th through May 14th of each year. There are minimal shade trees within the campground and the area features manicured grass between sites. Campsites available include back-in and pull through sites.

Each campsite is furnished with a fire ring, picnic table and paved parking pad. RVs and trailers are limited to 60 feet in length and not all sites can accommodate large rigs. There is a dump station located near the entrance of the park. Other facilities include flush toilets and showers maybe limited in the winter months. Generators may be used from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Pets must be restrained by a six foot leash at all times. The campsites are offered on a first come, first serve basis from September 16th until May 14th of each year.

Daroga State Park Lower Campground

The Daroga State Park Lower Campground contains 17 primitive campsites along one loop in the southern section of the park. The campsites are only accessible by foot or boat and do not offer much shade or privacy. Each site offers a fire ring, picnic table and gravel tent pad. There are vault toilets within the primitive campground. Drinking water may be limited at the campground. Pets must be restrained by a 6-foot leash at all times. The campground is first come, first serve from September 16th until May 14th.

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Seasonal activities in Daroga State Park

In-Season

Boating and Watercraft

Daroga State Park is an ideal place to pull your boat behind your motorhome and enjoy some of the best boating and watercraft options in the state. There are two separate boat launches where you can easily unload your sail, fishing or skiing boat into the waters of the Columbia River. The park also has three different boat docks which makes the place a favorite with people camping along the river while traveling by boat.

Watersports

Watersport enthusiasts will be overjoyed indulging in a variety of water activities. There is a swimming beach near the upper campground with a protected area for swimming in the Columbia River. Other watersport options for adventurers with driving rigs include windsurfing, kite boarding and many people use inflatables to take advantage of the cooling waters of the river. Water skiing is also popular where you can take on the challenge of soft waves and powerful waters of the Columbia River.

Hiking and Biking

Everyone driving rigs like to get out in nature when they are at camp. Hiking within Daroga State Park is superb along the Columbia River where you can follow the one and one-half mile shoreline trail. The trail includes numerous interpretive signs to help you learn about the area. There is also over two miles of trails for bikers with families taking advantage of the rolling channeled scabland desert terrain along the east side of the Columbia River. Cyclists also indulge riding the roads in the park which offer easy riding.

Off-Season

Campground Games

Campground games are plentiful at Daroga State Park. There is lots of space in motorhomes to bring tennis rackets, a basketball and even horseshoes. The campground has a tennis/basketball court which can even be used for playing volleyball. There is also a separate are to play baseball or form a friendly soccer game to play during the day or evening and the fields are perfect for throwing a Frisbee around too. Other great ideas around camp include are playing horseshoes or any other type of bag tossing game like corn hole.

Bird Watching

Bring your binoculars because the bird watching is fantastic in Daroga State Park. You can expect a wide assortment of birds throughout the varied landscape of the park. Along the Columbia River you will see stellar birds like ospreys and red-tailed hawks. Along the channeled scabland desert there are ring-necked pheasants and mourning doves. The lagoon area in the southern portion of the park is home to migrating ducks, yellow warblers, song sparrows and a variety of swallows including cliff, tree as well as barn.

Fishing

Fishing is a popular activity for RVers. Almost every person camping takes a fishing pole and their favorite bait. At Daroga State Park you might want to take a canoe or boat if you want to troll the Columbia River for salmon and steelhead. Other species in the Columbia River include brown, cutthroat and rainbow trout. Bank fishing for bass, bluegills, bullheads and crappie is excellent in the lagoon located by the primitive campground in the south. Always check the state as well as the park regulations for bag and size limits.

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