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

Find the best Donner Lake vacation rentals on With over 97 home rentals, take your pick from a wide variety of choices including studio apartments, luxury condos, and cozy cabin rentals. Prices in Donner Lake range from $75 a night. Many rentals can also be booked directly online.

Vacation home rentals found on offer more amenities than the average hotel room along with many of the comforts of home. Going on a business trip or need to stay connected? 83 homes in Donner Lake offer high-speed WiFi Internet so you won’t miss a beat. Travelling with kids? Let them splash around in any of the 9 rentals with pool or jacuzzi, or relax with the family in one of the 85 homes with cable TV.

For all those pet owners with dogs or cats, Donner Lake offers 17 pet-friendly vacation rentals for your extended family. Find the perfect vacation rental that matches your budget and style on

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