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“Beautiful, peaceful lake” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Donner Lake

Donner Lake
CA
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Ranked #582 of 3,889 Attractions in California
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Fishing
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Owner description: 3 miles long with 7.5 miles of shoreline, located at 5,900 feet.
Atlanta, Georgia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Beautiful, peaceful lake”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

Donner Lake can get easily missed when headed to Lake Tahoe. It is a beautiful lake that has so much to offer. You can visit the museum, rent water toys and boats, go to the beach, camp, fish, hike,. etc.. I love to go to one of the public docks and just hang out for a few hours. If the dock does not have a gate, you can go on. It is best in the morning and early afternoon. As with
Tahoe, it is best to ski in the morning. We usually come here mid vacation just to chill and get on the water. It is never over-crowded. The public beach is fun too! Old fashion fun that never goes out of style.

Visited August 2012
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Chandler, Arizona
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174 reviews 174 reviews
35 attraction reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
“Right on the site of the Donner party.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

Beautiful scenery. Monument to the Donner party and small museum. The height of the snowfall marked on the staue is scary. Nearby shopping outlets will give you a break from tourism

Visited August 2012
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Dayton, Nevada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“A must motorcycle ride.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

Rode our motorcycles around the lake and went to the lookout on the west end. Beautiful views and a great ride.

Visited August 2011
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Round Rock, TX
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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 attraction reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Nice little lake”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

We did not go to the beach but admired this lake from a distance. There were firework on July 4th. Many people were climbing rocks to prepare for watching the show. There were just so many beautiful things there. This is one of them.

Visited June 2012
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
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44 reviews 44 reviews
21 attraction reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“very pretty”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

Took many pictures of this lake both going and coming from donner's summit. It was a beautiful drive on the donner summit road.

Visited June 2012
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