Donner Lake, California, United States
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Donner Lake Information

About Donner Lake

Donner Lake on the Sierra Nevada in California retains that family resort vibe along with its peaceful surroundings. In a sea of trees and mountains around the lake, the water is perfect for watersports in sunny California. Enjoy the serenity and the tranquil nature of a real outdoors vacation. Get adventurous with your activities, or simply let the fresh air wash over you by the water.

Things to do in Donner Lake

Donner Lake is known for its top-notch fishing opportunities, with some of the best trout fishing in the state. Rainbow trout, Brown trout, and Salmon can be found if you’re a fisherman, especially in the Spring and Fall. Take your power or sail boat out on the water, or try some of the other popular activities like kayaking and canoeing. The north shore of the lake has public docks. Donner Memorial State Park, with campsites and a bunch of beaches to explore, has a myriad of outdoor activities to try. Explore the hiking trails in the state park, like the Emigrant Trail, or take a picnic out by the water. Get adventurers with wind-surfing or mountain biking, while the winter months bring cross-country skiing. See the Pioneer Monument in the park, and enjoy sunsets by the water!

Day trips from Donner Lake

Lake Tahoe is just an hour away from Donner Lake, meaning that it’s easy to get between the two for a day trip. In the summer, Lake Tahoe is perfect for hiking, biking, and heading out on the lake or to the many beaches. As a popular tourist destination, there are always lots of people around the Lake, with nightlife, restaurants, and activities to take part in. Relax in the sun and enjoy the views! In winter, ski the nearby mountains and spend days at the local mountain resorts and lodges. Get your skates on, and head on over to the Village ice rink.

Donner Lake accommodations

Tripping has a selection of rentals for you to choose from when planning your trip to Donner Lake. Tripping has all kinds of houses and apartments for you to check out, some with lake-side views or a homey lake cabin feel. With a bunch of hotels to look through, you can find the perfect room for your vacation. Browse through your options and enjoy your stay!

Transportation in Donner Lake

As is common in California, a car is pretty necessary for getting around and going long distances. With not much in the way of public transportation, staying around Lake Donner can mean an intensive escape from reality. However, walking and hiking around the lake or taking your boat around is highly encouraged. Fly to the Reno-Tahoe International airport, or Sacramento international Airport easily before renting a car to get to your accommodation.

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Vacation Rentals in Donner Lake

Save hundreds with a vacation home rental from and forget the hotel room. For the ultimate getaway, Donner Lake offers 198 affordable vacation rentals with a price to match your budget and accommodation needs. Prices in Donner Lake start at an average price of $331 a night with long-term rentals averaging $16046 a month.

These vacation rentals offer a range of amenities, so you’ll feel right at home. For those looking to stay in a corporate rental, 164 of Donner Lake’s rentals offer high speed WiFi Internet so you can easily keep in touch with your company or team. Go for a swim at one of the 18 properties complete with pool or jacuzzi, or relax with a night of cable TV in any of our 167 vacation home rentals.

Traveling with your dog or cat? Choose from 37 pet-friendly rentals in Donner Lake that allow you to bring your extended family’s home rentals offer far more room and comfort than a hotel, providing a safe and spacious place for you and your pets. Many properties allow you to book directly online, so once you find that perfect vacation rental, you’ll be all set to go!

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