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Beautiful Scenery

Donner Lake is beautiful up close or viewed from the summit. We hiked the train tunnels and had... read more

Reviewed May 26, 2017
kelly b
Antelope, California
via mobile
Nice spot

This is a very nice lake. There is a road right along the one side with some cool old small hotels... read more

Reviewed May 10, 2017
Lombard, Illinois
via mobile
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3 Miles Long With 7.5 Miles Of Shoreline, Located At 5,900 Feet.
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Reviewed May 26, 2017 via mobile

Donner Lake is beautiful up close or viewed from the summit. We hiked the train tunnels and had beautiful views from afar then drove down to the lake itself. A very dog friendly area as well!

Thank kelly b
Reviewed May 10, 2017 via mobile

This is a very nice lake. There is a road right along the one side with some cool old small hotels. The other side is framed by mountains. You can see some of the old train works up on the mountains. With a blue sky...More

Thank LostALot22
Reviewed September 15, 2016 via mobile

About 2.5 hours around the entire lake with 2 dogs. Realized approx 65% of Donner Lake is not public accessible. I started on the east end and access is Donner Memorial State Park. Love this State Park and have no problem paying the $10.00 day...More

Thank Karen C
Reviewed July 9, 2016

We visited both Lake Tahoe and Donner Lake and had a great time at both places, however we actually prefer Donner Lake because it has more variety. We were not able to rent Kayaks at Tahoe because it was too windy, however even though it...More

1  Thank maryants
Reviewed June 27, 2016

We rode our bicycles around this lake in late June and it was beautiful. We discovered Donner Memorial State Park which has 150 camping sites and a huge long beach area with picnic tables and trees for shade. Around the other side of the lake...More

Thank Gail0922
Reviewed February 23, 2016 via mobile

Donner Lake is beautiful but unfortunately no one seems to have had the forethought to protect the lakeshore from privatization, so that the lake is mainly inaccessible to the public. Most of the lakeshore is private property and docks. So there is no where to...More

2  Thank McKenna L
Reviewed September 19, 2015

In my most humble opinion, Donner Lake is one of the most overlooked jewels in the Reno/Tahoe area. Everyone wants to go to "The Lake (Tahoe)", or to Reno. Meanwhile, they drive by on I 80, one of the most beautiful lakes in the region....More

1  Thank Robski60
Reviewed August 16, 2015

Went here for a swim event with my husband. So many people out and about enjoying themselves, feels like a real summer camp atmosphere (upscale though - lots of people with lots of money, that was clear). I wouldn't have wanted to swim in the...More

Thank Roguevalleygirl
Reviewed June 30, 2015

Whether you are a catch and release fisher or a catch and eat fisher the docks are a great place to get your trout fishing time in. Get there early as some of the locals get to thinking the docks are theirs alone. Stop at...More

Thank Pat C
Reviewed December 24, 2014 via mobile

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

Thank DonnerMike
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