China Cove Beach is a beach on Donner Lake in Truckee, California with access from within the Donner Memorial State Park. I could not find an "official" name for this beach, however, the cove that the beach is located on is named "China Cove", and so for the purposes of this website, I'm going to call it China Cove Beach! It might be just known as the Donner Memorial State Park Beach, but I personally think that China Cove Beach has a nicer ring to it! If I ever discover an official name, I can change it!
Donner Memorial State Park is located next to Donner Lake, in Truckee, California and the Entrance is at 12593 Donner Pass Road, with a handy exit close by on Hwy 80. China Cove Beach is located on the right hand side at the end of the Day Use area of the Park (South Shore Drive).
What I liked about this beach, was that I came through and took the pictures for this page on Thursday, July 14, 2011, and the beach was not crowded at all. While it will be more crowded on weekends, when more people are at the park camping, and visiting the park on the weekends, it is still a nice place to hang out!
There is no cost for the beach, however, there is a Day Use parking fee per car to enter the Donner Memorial State Park.
The cost during the peak-season of May 1 - September 30, is $10.00 per vehicle for the day. During the non-peak season of October 1 - April 30, the cost is $5.00 per vehicle for the day.
The beach is part of the Donner Memorial State Park, so the Park hours on my Donner Memorial State Park page are in effect. Typically, the hours are sunrise to sunset.
For additional information, please contact the Donner Memorial State Park at:
China Cove Beach in Donner Memorial State Park
Photo Credit: All pictures on this page were taken by Leigh, Owner of Truckee-Travel-Guide.com.