Donner Lake
 
 
 

Donner Lake itself is the pure embodiment of an alpine body of water, with views of the Sierra Nevada Range and the Tahoe National Forest. The town of Truckee surrounds the lake, and thus gives visitors access to a great Northern Californian community with a small town charm. The lake is named after the infamous Donner Party, which became stranded in the region in 1847 and resorted to drastic means of survival (there's even a memorial and museum nearby for you history buffs).

A beautiful indigo jewel, Donner Lake is a California favorite for year-round fun. You'll find well-maintained campsites in Donner Memorial State Park and trails for hiking, biking, rock climbing, and horseback riding in the Donner Summit area up Old Highway 40. A public boat ramp and public docks along the north side of the water and a public beach at West End invite one and all to swim, sail, water ski, and fish.

The West End beach located the west shore of donner lake is a public 10-acre day use beach offering swimming, picnicking, kayak and paddleboat rentals, grilling and more. There are two private beaches that are available to property owners or their guests: Donner Tract Private Beach and Tahoe Donner Homeowners private beach access at the East Shore of Donner Lake.

LakeRentals offers excellent vacation rentals at Donner Lake at competitive prices.

 
 
 
Lake Details
Lake Type: Fresh Water
Dimensions:  
  Depth: 230 Feet
Surface Area: 960 acres
Shoreline length: 8 miles
Elevation: 5,935 feet
 
 
 
 
 
 
Activities
  • camping
  • canoeing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • horseback riding
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • picknicking
  • power boating
  • sailing
  • snow boarding
  • snow skiing
  • swimming
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fishing
  • Trout
 
 
 
 
 
 
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3 bedroom Truckee Home Vacation Rental Home
3 BR/ 2.00 BA Sleeps 8
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3 bedroom Truckee Condo Vacation Rental - Ski-in/Ski-out Condo
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The Perfect Tahoe Donner Get-Away Vacation Home with a Ho...

Truckee
The Perfect Tahoe Donner Get-Away Vacation Home with a Hot Tub! *** Click on the Floor Plan Tour fo...

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Home 3 / 2 / 8

Online Booking

$250 - $450
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$1750 - $2275
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Ski-in / Ski-out Vacation Condo with three bedrooms

Truckee
Ski-in/Ski-out
What a great home to rent for your winter or summer vacation! Relax in this upper unit (with no adjo...

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Condo 3 / 2 / 8

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$150 - $350
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$1050 - $2275
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Karl - Adorable condo across from the Tahoe Donner Rec Ce...

Truckee
Karl - Adorable condo across from the Tahoe Donner Rec Center - Walk to Pool Bright, sunny and cozy...

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Condo 2 / 2 / 4

Online Booking

$175 - $275
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$1225 - $1750
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Krell - Truckee Cabin

Truckee
Beach Access
This is a great, recently remodeled, three bedroom property located lower down in Tahoe Donner.  You...

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Cabin 3 / 2 / 6

Online Booking

$220 - $340
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$1540 - $2380
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New Listing: Greenbelt 3Br w/ Newer Furnishings, Near Ski...

Truckee
Lake View
New Listing: Greenbelt 3Br w/ Newer Furnishings, Near Skiing, Golf & Hiking Located next to a lush ...

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Home 3 / 2 / 8

Online Booking

$207 - $651
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$1439 - $4568
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New Listing! Big Mountain Views - 4Br Near Donner Lake, S...

Truckee
New Listing! Big Mountain Views - 4Br Near Donner Lake, Slopes & Truckee Family reunions and group ...

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Home 4 / 3 / 14

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$288 - $827
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$1990 - $5798
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Hoskin's Home Away from Home!

Truckee
Check out this spacious home with three levels. The main level has the open living, dining kitchen a...

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Home 4 / 2.5 / 8

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$150 - $350
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$1050 - $2100
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Large 5Br Mountain w/ Hot Tub, Decks, Barbecue & Game Room

Truckee
Plan your next multi-family getaway at this sprawling 5BR/4BA mountain retreat. Spacious interiors a...

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Home 5 / 4 / 16

Online Booking

$400 - $885
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$2846 - $6209
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3Br Woodland Retreat w/ Private Multi-Level Deck & Backya...

Truckee
3Br Woodland Retreat w/ Private Multi-Level Deck & Backyard Creek This lovely creekside 3BR/3BA hom...

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Home 3 / 3 / 6

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$131 - $498
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$913 - $3499
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Lyons Home Truckee

Truckee
Great back deck High Speed Internet Available Available for Short Term Vacation Rentals Amenities:...

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Home 3 / 2 / 6

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$160 - $355
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$1120 - $2485
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Charming 3Br Retreat in the Pines - Minutes to Prosser La...

Truckee
Charming 3Br Retreat in the Pines - Minutes to Prosser Lake & Truckee Dining Brimming with rustic T...

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Home 3 / 2 / 8

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$149 - $455
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$1029 - $3196
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Luxe Custom 4Br Mountain Lodge on Golf Course w/ Access t...

Truckee
Luxe Custom 4Br Mountain Lodge on Golf Course w/ Access to Nature Trail Surrounded by tranquil fore...

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Home 4 / 3.5 / 10

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$339 - $556
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$2376 - $3895
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Schrader

Truckee
You will fall in love with this four bedroom, three bath home with a loft area!  This home is open a...

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Home 4 / 3 / 8

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$310 - $405
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$2170 - $2835
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3Br, 2Ba The Bears Lair House with Hot Tub - Amenities Ab...

Truckee
Lake View
3Br, 2Ba The Bears Lair House with Hot Tub - Amenities Abound! All Tahoe Donner has to offer is at ...

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Home 3 / 2 / 9

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$260 - $643
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$1812 - $4513
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Charming 3Br w/ Fireplace & Deck - Community Pool, Gym, S...

Truckee
Lake View
Charming 3Br w/ Fireplace & Deck - Community Pool, Gym, Sauna PROPERTY OVERVIEW Tucked away in th...

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Condo 3 / 2 / 6

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$141 - $368
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$982 - $2584
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Bunnell - Truckee Home

Truckee
This is a great four bedroom, four bath home with a large living area that is open and bright.  Enjo...

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Home 4 / 4 / 10

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$310 - $560
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$2170 - $3920
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Kwei - Truckee Home

Truckee
Walking distance from Trout Creek Rec Center. Large 3 bedroom + loft. Amenities:Bed Size 1st/Master...

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Home 3 / 2.5 / 8

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$190 - $395
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$1330 - $2765
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Cute 1Br Cottage in Truckee - Close to Downtown!

Truckee
Nestled in the pines, our small-but-mighty 1BR/1BA cabin offers a central location close to downtown...

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Cabin 1 / 1 / 4

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$106 - $226
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$702 - $1579
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4Br Northstar Home w/ Deck & Private Hot Tub - 1 mile to ...

Truckee
4Br Northstar Home w/ Deck & Private Hot Tub - 1 mile to Village PROPERTY OVERVIEW Providing the ...

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Home 4 / 2.5 / 10

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$153 - $1220
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$927 - $8545
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Modern 3br,3ba Cabin with Golf Course and 5 Star Amenity ...

Truckee
Lake View
Modern 3br,3ba Cabin with Golf Course and 5 Star Amenity Access Nearby This new 3BR, 3BA home (slee...

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Home 3 / 3 / 8

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$283 - $662
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$1973 - $4644
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Atkin - Truckee Home

Truckee
Beach Access, Lake nearby
This Tahoe Donner home offers something for every one! The home backs to forested area. The open flo...

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Home 4 / 4 / 10

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$405 - $745
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$2835 - $5215
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Fickes - Truckee Home

Truckee
This brand new home has everything that you could ever ask for!  The location is just perfect, situa...

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Home 3 / 2 / 10

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$435 - $680
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$3045 - $4760
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Ski-In/Ski-Out 3Br Condo w/ Loft ? Access to Tahoe Donner...

Truckee
Ski-in/Ski-out
Ski-In/Ski-Out 3Br Condo w/ Loft ? Access to Tahoe Donner 5-Star Amenities A relaxed 3 bedroom, 2 b...

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Condo 3 / 2 / 7

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$131 - $400
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$913 - $2813
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Upscale 3Br Mountain Lodge - Fire Pit, Sports Court & Tah...

Truckee
Lake View
Upscale 3Br Mountain Lodge - Fire Pit, Sports Court & Tahoe Donner Amenities Outdoor spaces abound ...

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Home 3 / 2.5 / 9

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$162 - $497
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$1133 - $3201
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Chaney - Truckee Home

Truckee
Golf nearby, Lake nearby, Skiing nearby
Come and Joy the Fun at Chaney! Beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home located centrally to Downtown ...

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Home 3 / 2.5 / 8

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$495 - $990
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$3465 - $6930
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