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
3 BR/ 2.00 BA Sleeps 8
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2 BR/ 2.00 BA Sleeps 4
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2Br Cabin - Private Hot Tub, Shared Pool, Beach Club

Truckee
Golf nearby, Lake nearby, Skiing nearby
Charming 2 bedroom getaway with hot tub that will accommodate four guests Note: This property was a...

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Home 2 / 1.5 / 4

$115 - $300
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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

$200 - $450
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$1400 - $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

Online Booking

$150 - $350
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$1050 - $2100
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Engebrethson Ski Bowl Condo

Truckee
Ski-in/Ski-out
Nice and bright, this lower two bedroom condo at the Tahoe Donner Ski Hill will delight everyone. Ch...

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Condo 2 / 1.5 / 6

Online Booking

$125 - $300
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$875 - $1750
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3Br Tahoe Donner w/ Large Fireplace & Deck ? Close to Din...

Truckee
Lake View
3Br Tahoe Donner w/ Large Fireplace & Deck ? Close to Dining & Recreation This prime two-story 3BR/...

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Home 3 / 3 / 10

Online Booking

$176 - $498
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$1201 - $3483
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Gold Bend Getaway Condo

Truckee
2 bedroom 2 bath Northstar Condo sleeps 6 Master Queen Br 2 2 twins sofa bed in living room dishwash...

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Condo 2 / 2 / 6

Online Booking

$410 - $410
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$2870 - $2870
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Big 3Br w/ Loft Northstar Ski Villa w/ Fitness Center, Sp...

Truckee
Big 3Br w/ Loft Northstar Ski Villa w/ Fitness Center, Spa & Ski Shuttle This newly remodeled 3BR/2...

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Home 3 / 2.5 / 11

Online Booking

$295 - $824
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$2050 - $5770
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West End Home- 4 bedrooms 2 baths,

Truckee
Donner Lake Retreat! This home is on a nice quiet street on the West end of Donner Lake, Home backs ...

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Home 4 / 2 / 8

Online Booking

$250 - $500
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$1750 - $3150
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Cull's Mountain Retreat - Book your Truckee summer vacati...

Truckee
Cull's Mountain Retreat - Book your Truckee summer vacation now! Enjoy the Truckee Tahoe Life in th...

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Home 4 / 3 / 11

Online Booking

$300 - $600
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$2100 - $3500
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3Br/2.5Ba Chalet, Walk to Lake, Sleeps 10

Truckee
In summer or winter (or anytime in-between), our 3BR/2.5BA chalet is convenient to the most exciting...

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Home 3 / 2.5 / 10

Online Booking

$257 - $563
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$1774 - $3941
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Northstar Ski Trail Retreat

Truckee
1 Bedroom 1 Bath Northstar Condo sleeps 4, Queen in bedroom, Queen Sofa bed in Living room fully sto...

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Condo 1 / 1 / 4

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$365 - $365
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$2555 - $2555
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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

Online Booking

$310 - $560
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$2170 - $3920
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3Br Tahoe Donner w/ Private Hot Tub & Foosball - Shared P...

Truckee
3Br Tahoe Donner w/ Private Hot Tub & Foosball - Shared Pool & Fitness Room Outdoor adventure await...

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Home 3 / 2.5 / 8

Online Booking

$186 - $628
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$1232 - $4398
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Basque Northstar House

Truckee
This quaint home is located just minutes from the Northstar Golf Clubhouse. It is next to the shuttl...

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Home 3 / 2 / 6

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$500 - $500
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$3500 - $3500
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Serventi

Truckee
Beach Access
This is a beautiful mountain home with three bedrooms and a bonus room! There is plenty of room for ...

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Home 3 / 2.5 / 12

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$375 - $680
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$2625 - $4760
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Spacious 5Br Tahoe Donner Cabin w/ Private Hot Tub + Reso...

Truckee
Lake View
Spacious 5Br Tahoe Donner Cabin w/ Private Hot Tub + Resort Pool & Tennis With access to Tahoe Donn...

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Cabin 5 / 2 / 12

Online Booking

$321 - $456
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$2200 - $3184
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Big 4Br Family Mountain Lodge w/ Unrivalled Tahoe Donner ...

Truckee
Lake View
Big 4Br Family Mountain Lodge w/ Unrivalled Tahoe Donner Amenities Grand open-concept living meets ...

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Home 4 / 2.5 / 10

Online Booking

$205 - $542
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$1395 - $3791
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3Br w/ View Balcony, BBQ, Fireplace & Tahoe Donner Amenit...

Truckee
Lake View
3Br w/ View Balcony, BBQ, Fireplace & Tahoe Donner Amenities - Near Skiing This 3BR/2BA home featur...

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Home 3 / 2 / 6

Online Booking

$174 - $366
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$1077 - $2565
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Catton - Truckee Home

Truckee
HOT TUB!! Forest views, quiet neighborhood. 4 Bedrooms, sleeps 8. Amenities:Bed Size 1st/Master: Qu...

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Home 4 / 2 / 8

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$180 - $430
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$1260 - $3010
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Modern Truckee Cabin W/ 5 Star Amenity Access

Truckee
Lake View
If space and tranquility are what you seek, you?ve found the right place. This 3BR, 3BA North Lake T...

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Home 3 / 3 / 8

Online Booking

$317 - $628
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$2186 - $4398
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Ramsey - Truckee Home

Truckee
Beach Access
This is a beautifully remodeled 3 bedroom, 2 bath home located on a very quiet street in the Tahoe D...

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Home 3 / 2 / 7

Online Booking

$250 - $280
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$1750 - $1960
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Sunny Tahoe Donner Vacation Home - Dog Friendly!

Truckee
This lovely Tahoe Donner home is situated on a flat lot and features 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, it ...

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Home 3 / 2.5 / 8

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$175 - $325
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$1225 - $2100
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4Br Forest Retreat w/ New Décor & Game Room - Near Donner...

Truckee
4Br Forest Retreat w/ New Décor & Game Room - Near Donner Lake PROPERTY OVERVIEW Set amid the tra...

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Cabin 4 / 3 / 14

Online Booking

$288 - $696
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$1984 - $4863
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Long's Condo - Cozy Condo, perfect for Vacation, Ski or S...

Truckee
Long's Condo - Cozy Condo, perfect for Vacation, Ski or Summer Lease! Great location for this 2 bed...

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Condo 2 / 1.5 / 4

Online Booking

$100 - $225
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$700 - $1575
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3Br Pine Forest House, Tahoe Donner- Access the Trout Cre...

Truckee
Lake View
3Br Pine Forest House, Tahoe Donner- Access the Trout Creek Center Amenities! Enjoy great pine fore...

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Home 3 / 2 / 8

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$196 - $584
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$1166 - $4091
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