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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The Perfect Tahoe Donner G ...
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 - Lake View Home
4 BR/ 3.50 BA Sleeps 6
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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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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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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

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$125 - $300
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$875 - $2100
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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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$122 - $256
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$756 - $1530
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Stunning 4Br w/ Library & Deck ? Walk to Prosser Lake, 5 ...

Truckee
Stunning 4Br w/ Library & Deck ? Walk to Prosser Lake, 5 Minutes to Truckee Unlike many other homes...

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Home 4 / 3 / 10

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$219 - $698
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$1518 - $4156
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Kodiak Retreat, Your Perfect Mountain Getaway 3Br 2.5 Bat...

Truckee
Lake View
Kodiak Retreat, Your Perfect Mountain Getaway 3Br 2.5 Bath, Sleeps 7 Our 3BR/2.5BA cabin is perfect...

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Home 3 / 2.5 / 7

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$129 - $415
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$818 - $2732
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Tsai's Charming Tahoe Donner Cabin

Truckee
This charming home is filled with lots of natural light & has wonderful views from almost every room...

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Home 3 / 2 / 6

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$200 - $350
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$1400 - $2450
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Comfortable 2Br Tahoe Donner w/ Deck ? Access to Five-Sta...

Truckee
Lake View
Comfortable 2Br Tahoe Donner w/ Deck ? Access to Five-Star Amenities A wall of windows reaches up t...

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Home 2 / 1.5 / 6

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$128 - $343
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$790 - $2052
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Edmunds

Truckee
Golf nearby, Lake nearby, Skiing nearby
This is the perfect location for a vacation!  Located minutes to Downtown Truckee and close to all a...

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Home 4 / 2.5 / 10

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$310 - $495
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$2170 - $3465
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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 - $300
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$1225 - $2100
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Turowski

Truckee
Hot Tub, large open living, dining area, kitchen to die for and it goes on and on. Beautiful Custom...

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Home 4 / 3.5 / 11

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$515 - $940
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$3605 - $6580
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Modern 4Br Gray?s Crossing Craftsman ? Available for a Sk...

Truckee
Modern 4Br Gray?s Crossing Craftsman ? Available for a Ski Lease Modern NEW 4BR Gray?s Crossing ret...

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Home 4 / 3.5 / 8

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$390 - $963
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$2478 - $5727
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3Br w/ Deck & Fire Pit - Near Truckee, Skiing, Golfing & ...

Truckee
3Br w/ Deck & Fire Pit - Near Truckee, Skiing, Golfing & Water Sports This 3BR/2.5BA cottage sits i...

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Cottage 3 / 2.5 / 6

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$241 - $821
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$1506 - $4895
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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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$543 - $1266
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$3697 - $7524
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1Br Condo in the Center of Northstar Resort

Truckee
A romantic retreat, our 1-bed, 1-bath (+ 2 sofa beds) Northstar California Resort condo is within a ...

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Condo 1 / 1 / 4

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$106 - $519
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$720 - $3091
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Elegant 4Br, 3Ba Tahoe Donner House ? Completely Updated ...

Truckee
Lake View
Elegant 4Br, 3Ba Tahoe Donner House ? Completely Updated Inside! A 4BR, 3BA cabin at Tahoe Donner! ...

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Home 4 / 3 / 12

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$291 - $635
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$2032 - $4237
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Tahoe-Donner Home w/ Vaulted Ceilings, Air Hockey & Large...

Truckee
Lake View
Tahoe-Donner Home w/ Vaulted Ceilings, Air Hockey & Large Deck This 4BR, 2.5BA Truckee home (sleeps...

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Home 4 / 2.5 / 10

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$199 - $535
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$1259 - $3185
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Roomy Tahoe Donner 4Br Near Dining ? Close To Dining Opti...

Truckee
Beach Access, Lake View
Roomy Tahoe Donner 4Br Near Dining ? Close To Dining Options and Hoa Amenties When it comes to a pl...

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Home 4 / 2 / 9

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$238 - $673
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$1551 - $4007
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Tahoe Donner 3Br w/ Private Hot Tub

Truckee
Backed by National Forest land, this beautiful 3BR/2.5BA Tahoe Donner home offers ultimate privacy -...

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Home 3 / 2.5 / 10

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$180 - $521
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$1160 - $3108
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Beautifully Remodeled 2Br w/ Big Deck, Fireplace & 2 Loft...

Truckee
Beautifully Remodeled 2Br w/ Big Deck, Fireplace & 2 Lofts ? Backs to Creek PROPERTY OVERVIEW Thi...

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Cabin 2 / 2 / 6

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$161 - $444
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$983 - $2649
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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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$200 - $611
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$1232 - $3634
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Skidder Trail Luxury Northstar Home

Truckee
It does not get better than this. On the golf course, pool table, 2 master bedrooms 3.5 baths, wet b...

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Home 4 / 3.5 / 10

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$525 - $830
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$3675 - $5810
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3Br Woodland Retreat w/ Private Deck & Hot Tub - 2 Miles ...

Truckee
3Br Woodland Retreat w/ Private Deck & Hot Tub - 2 Miles to Rec Center PROPERTY OVERVIEW Set amid...

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Home 3 / 2 / 6

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$197 - $621
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$1204 - $3702
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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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$133 - $485
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$892 - $2888
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