West End Beach

West End Beach is a 10 acre day use beach facility on Donner Lake in Truckee, California that is owned and maintained by the Truckee Donner Recreation & Park District.

It is the largest of the Truckee Beaches.

West End Beach at Donner Lake in Truckee, California


West End Beach is located on the West Shore of Donner Lake in Truckee, California. There are three ways to get to West End Beach:

  • From Truckee, take Donner Pass Road
  • From Hwy 80, coming from the Bay area, take the Donner Lake exit, while still on Donner Summit.
  • From Donner Summit, take Old Hwy 40 down to the Lake.

See my Truckee Beaches page, for a Google Map of all the Truckee Beaches!


The following list is the amenities available at this beach:

West End Beach Amenities Map - Donner Lake in Truckee, California
  • Beach area
  • Basketball Court
  • Boat Parking
  • Boat Rentals - Kayak, Paddle boat, Stand Up Paddleboards
  • Boat Storage - (seasonal)
  • Boating area

Paddle Boats at West End Beach at Donner Lake in Truckee, California
  • Covered Pavilion - can be reserved for weddings or special occasions. Can be rented by itself, or in a Pavilion Package which includes admission for 100 people, parking for 50 cars, and a private entrance

Covered Pavillion area at West End Beach at Donner Lake in Truckee, California
  • Fishing Area
  • Group BBQ/Picnic areas - these can be reserved and have nice shade
  • Horseshoe Pits

  • Playground areas - two separate areas - one on each side of the beach where the group picnic areas are

West End Beach playground area at Donner Lake in Truckee, California
  • Snack Shack
  • Tennis Court
  • Swimming Area - supervised by American Red Cross Certified Lifeguards
  • Volleyball Courts (sand and grass)

Beach Rules

  • No Dogs from Memorial Day to Labor Day
  • No Glass
  • No Running or Rough Play
  • No Smoking
  • No Swimming unless a Lifeguard is present
  • Pack your own trash to the trash bins

Cost of Admission - 2015

  1. Daily Admission:

    1. Adults (18+) = $4.00
    2. Youth (2-17) = $3.00
    3. Infants (Under 2) = FREE

  2. Season Passes:

    1. Residents:

      1. Adult = $25.00
      2. Youth = $10.00

    2. Non-Residents:

      1. Adult = $35.00
      2. Youth = $20.00

Hours and Operating Schedule

  • The beach is open from Memorial Day to Mid September

  • Hours are from Dawn to Dusk - everyday

  • Lifeguards are on duty from 9am-5pm on Weekends, and 10am-5pm on Weekdays

West End Beach Photos

TruckeeTravelGuide's West End Beach photoset TruckeeTravelGuide's West End Beach photoset

The Photo's above, will randomly change with all of the West End Beach photo's that I have uploaded in the Truckee Travel Guide's Flickr photo's "West End Beach Photoset". To view all the photo's, just click above on the "West End Beach" blue link to view the entire set of photo's, or just click on your browser "refresh" button.

Contact Information

  • Beach Hotline - (530) 582-7777 - call to find out what the daily conditions are
  • Truckee Donner Recreation & Park District Office - (530) 582-7720
  • Truckee Donner Recreation & Park District website - printable rental facility applications, picnic rental information, and West End Beach Rules & Regulations for Reservations can be obtained here. Also, you can sign your kids up for Boating classes!

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West End Beach at Donner Lake, in Truckee, California

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