Donner Lake is one of my favorite places in Truckee, California! The most breathtaking views of the lake can be seen from Old Hwy 40 like the picture below that I took of the lake on 02/28/11. There is a viewpoint stop just before you reach the Rainbow Bridge where you can stop and take photo's. The east end of the lake closest to Donner Memorial State Park was completely frozen at the time.
While the lake is gorgeous in the summertime, in the winter, it is truly outstanding with the snow on the mountain ridges surrounding the Lake!
Donner Lake is where I wouldn't mind living eventually. My friend has a cabin within walking distance to the Donner Lake Property Owners Beach, and it is just such a relaxing life to hang out at the lake.
For those wanting to Live in Truckee, purchasing a home on or near the lake is a great option, as the elevation, and thus the snow load will be lower than in some of the higher elevation subdivisions such as Tahoe Donner.
You can check out my Donner Lake Neighborhood Page for more information on the neighborhoods.
There are so many activities to do at the lake and Donner Lake Vacation Rentals abound!
Some of the favorite activities to do at Donner Lake include: - (Activities will be linked up as completed!)
Donner Lake in Truckee California as viewed from Shoreline Park. This is a great place to have a picnic because it has lots of shade. It is also a great place to watch the sailboats and fish at the all-access fishing pier.
There are four main Donner Lake Beaches, that are covered in detail:
Above is a picture that I took on June 6, 2013 of Donner Lake from West End Beach. There had been afternoon thunderstorms, and a little rain come through, and the beach was pretty deserted after that!
Each year, there are some great Truckee Events that happen at Donner Lake. Holidays in Truckee are awesome and some events like the Fourth of July event, are annual events that residents and vacationers alike look forward to each year!
What: Truckee Fourth of July Fireworks
When: July 4, 2024
Where: West End Beach
Cost: Price was $10 in advance in 2023, only from Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District starting May 1, 2024. No tickets sold at the door.
For more info: http://www.tdrpd.com or (530) 582-7720
Pictured Above: My college roommates daughter, Danielle Widenmann Mualchin coming in 2nd in her age group at the Donner Lake Triathlon on July 17, 2011. She placed 1st in her age group in 2009.
Here are some of the businesses at the Lake: (additional info. provided soon!)
Pictured Above: Donner Lake fogged in
Photo Credit: Pictures taken from the Old Hwy 40, Rainbow Bridge viewpoint by Ben Weisner, of Tahoe City. Used with his permission.
Pictured Below: Donner Lake in Winter