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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4 bedroom Truckee Home Vacation Rental Home
4 BR/ 3.50 BA Sleeps 12
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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 - $2450
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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

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$200 - $450
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$1400 - $3150
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Chaney

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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3Br House at Tahoe Donner w/ Deck Overlooking Golf Course

Truckee
Privacy and comfort go hand in hand at this 3BR/2BA Truckee home overlooking the 16th fairway of the...

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Apartment 3 / 2 / 9

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$112 - $403
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$781 - $2821
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Tahoe Donner 5Br w/ 3 Decks, Hot Tub, 2 Fire Pits, BBQ, P...

Truckee
Lake View
Tahoe Donner 5Br w/ 3 Decks, Hot Tub, 2 Fire Pits, BBQ, Pool Table & More This 5BR/3.5BA home?s out...

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Home 5 / 3.5 / 12

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$350 - $803
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$2482 - $5606
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Martis Landing Northstar Home for 9

Truckee
This is a beautiful mountain home. This beautifully cared for home is the perfect place for the fam...

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Home 4 / 3 / 9

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$445 - $720
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$3115 - $5040
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Cozy Tahoe Donner Condo Steps From the Slopes

Truckee
This 2 BR, 1.5BA condo offers rustic furnishings and access to the area?s best outdoor amenities, in...

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Condo 2 / 1.5 / 5

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$118 - $346
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$837 - $2417
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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

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$243 - $539
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$1698 - $3771
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4Br, 4.5Ba Luxury Golf Course Home in Truckee with Privat...

Truckee
4Br, 4.5Ba Luxury Golf Course Home in Truckee with Private Hot Tub Impress your group with a luxury...

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Home 4 / 4.5 / 15

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$511 - $1057
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$3544 - $7383
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Great cabin in Tahoe Donner with incredible amenities

Truckee
Great cabin in Tahoe Donner with incredible amenities. This community has everything your looking fo...

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Cabin 3 / 2 / 10

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$137 - $413
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$962 - $2893
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3Br, 2Ba Cozy Family Cabin in Tahoe Donner ? Resort Ameni...

Truckee
Lake View
3Br, 2Ba Cozy Family Cabin in Tahoe Donner ? Resort Amenities, Near Skiing Have your most memorable...

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Home 3 / 2 / 7

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$95 - $350
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$567 - $2423
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Beautiful Quintessential Donner Lake Cabin! Easy Access V...

Truckee
Beautiful Quintessential Donner Lake Cabin! Easy Access Vacation Home! Donner Lake Vacation Home Av...

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Home 3 / 2 / 8

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$200 - $425
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$1400 - $2975
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Gorgeous 4Br Tahoe Donner Home w/ Recreational Amenities ...

Truckee
Gorgeous 4Br Tahoe Donner Home w/ Recreational Amenities ? Near Ski Resorts Ski enthusiasts will sw...

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Home 4 / 3 / 10

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$125 - $509
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$788 - $3556
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3Br w/ Hot Tub, Grill, & Fireplace - Near Bike Path & Sha...

Truckee
3Br w/ Hot Tub, Grill, & Fireplace - Near Bike Path & Shared Pool This family-friendly vacation hom...

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Home 3 / 2.5 / 8

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$191 - $586
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$1209 - $3845
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Michelucci's Dream Chalet in the Heart of Tahoe Donner!

Truckee
From the minute you step into the entryway, you will feel right at home. The open floor plan upstair...

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Home 3 / 2.5 / 8

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$200 - $450
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$1400 - $3150
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Rustic & Inviting in Tahoe Donner ? Sleeps 9

Truckee
Lake View
Step into Tahoe-style comfort at this 3-bedroom + loft, 2-bath rental in the heart of Truckee. Sink ...

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Cabin 3 / 2 / 9

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$85 - $329
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$532 - $2243
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Talvensaari

Truckee
Beach Access
This is the perfect place for relaxing after a day at the beach or on the slopes.  This open and bri...

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Home 3 / 2 / 8

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$250 - $435
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$1750 - $3045
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Sprawling Ski Chalet in Tahoe Donner with Valley Views ? ...

Truckee
Lake View
Sprawling Ski Chalet in Tahoe Donner with Valley Views ? Near Downtown Stay awhile in our 4 BR, 3.5...

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Home 4 / 3.5 / 6

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$215 - $764
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$1509 - $5331
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Baugher

Truckee
Golf nearby, Lake nearby, Skiing nearby
This is a very unique property with two separate living quarters downstairs.  The main house has thr...

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Home 5 / 2.5 / 12

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$435 - $805
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$3045 - $5635
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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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$210 - $330
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$1470 - $2310
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Sierra Getaway

Truckee
Golf nearby, Lake nearby, Lake View, Skiing nearby
This is a great three bedroom, 2 bath home with amazing views of Donner Lake!  Everyone will love th...

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Home 3 / 2 / 7

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$220 - $340
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$1540 - $2380
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3Br, 2.5Ba Tahoe Donner Home with 5-Star Amenities ? Walk...

Truckee
Lake View
3Br, 2.5Ba Tahoe Donner Home with 5-Star Amenities ? Walk to Trout Creek Drop your bags, kick off y...

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Home 3 / 2.5 / 6

Online Booking

$130 - $457
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$816 - $3185
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Tahoe Donner Family Mountain Lodge - Access to Unrivalled...

Truckee
Lake View
Tahoe Donner Family Mountain Lodge - Access to Unrivalled Amenities Open-concept living meets log c...

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Home 4 / 2.5 / 10

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$146 - $519
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$910 - $3629
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Sunny Truckee Summer or Ski Lease available .day, weeks o...

Truckee
Sunny Truckee Summer or Ski Lease available .day, weeks or months! This three bedroom 2 bath home i...

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Home 3 / 2 / 8

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$200 - $325
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$1400 - $2275
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