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Donner Lake

Address: CA
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Ranked #553 of 3,932 Attractions in California
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Fishing
Owner description: 3 miles long with 7.5 miles of shoreline, located at 5,900 feet.
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Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Fishing
Owner description: 3 miles long with 7.5 miles of shoreline, located at 5,900 feet.
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Donner Lake
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

Great sunrise for Christmas 2014. Very cold but no snow. Chilled inside a cabin near the lake and played games. Relaxing

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Truckee, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

This is a great lake to visit any season, enjoy all water activities is the summer, if you'd like to stay away from the crowds, late spring or early fall are the best times to visit, walk, hike, bike, visit the park or just enjoy the serene Donner Lake waters.

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Donner Lake
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

What a gem of a lake. Not crowded like Tahoe. Great to visit During any season. Just hanging out on the docks on a hot Summer day is all I need.

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Ebensburg, Pennsylvania
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166 reviews 166 reviews
30 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

A great place to sail, fish, sun bathe, and just sightsee the mountain views. It's also a great place for a run. You can run the entire way around the lake, 7.5 miles, with not much elevation gain or loss. It's a great place to spend the day while in Truckee.

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Wells, Maine
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113 reviews 113 reviews
28 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

The lake is gorgeous, while we were there, there was a fire going east of Sacramento and the smoke was terrible. It was quiet and peaceful...serene. We did go back when the smoke cleared and stayed for a while. It was September, so not a lot of people around.

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Mountain View, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

So quiet and beautiful, a great hidden Gem. We always stop in here and watch the duck and stretch our legs.

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Reno
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153 reviews 153 reviews
39 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

This is really a nice lake right off the I-80 and is far less crowded than Tahoe. On the east end there is the Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum and camping sites. The museum is free, but parking is $8. The parking fee, though, does gain you entry to the lake from that end and there are... More 

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Las Vegas
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49 reviews 49 reviews
37 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

There's something like 38 docks on the north shore of Donner Lake & every one of them is public access. The lake is tree-lined and very beautiful with a nice bike path running along side it. The East end of the lake has a State Park that is reasonable to get in, has a beach, and you can rent water... More 

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San Jose, California
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106 reviews 106 reviews
34 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The beach at the west end of Donner Lake is a very fine alternative to the crowds on Lake Tahoe. The beach is state run and is clean with plenty of park benches, rest rooms, snack bar, and rentals for paddle boats, kayaks etc. A wonderful facility with a nice beach

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Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
20 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Previous posts are right on the money about this beautiful northern California gem of a lake. Clear crisp blue water in a very cute mountain town. Stopped at Ace Mountain Hardware to get temporary fishing licenses and the employees were top notch with service and advice. We spent about 4 hours fishing and had a picnic lunch near the boat... More 

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