I can't say enough good things about Donner Lake. Tahoe gets so busy in the summer and Donner is no exception but the views and clear lake make up for it. It can get crowded but there is so much shore line you won't have a problem finding a spot. The water will be cold, just FYI. There is a paved path that follows along the river that's a great activity for kids - nice little nature walk. There's also a camp ground (have not camped there yet). The museum is ok. I learned all about the Donner Party in school (who hasn't) so I was expecting a pretty good museum but there wasn't much to it. I guess if you know nothing about them it would be educational but for me it was a let down. Stick to the lake, bring a picnic, stick your toes in the fresh water and relax. Fabulous spot.
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