Book a rental at Donner Lake to stay and play near a gorgeous alpine lake. You’ll be treated to stunning views in an ideal location for exploring Truckee and Lake Tahoe. Located ten minutes from historic downtown, ten minutes from Donner Summit, and a short walk from public beaches and piers, Donner Lake cabins are a stone’s throw from shopping, dining, and year-round outdoor activities.
Donner Lake rentals like Dawnner Haven and Bear’s Lair are ten minutes from world-class rock climbing on Donner Summit, endless hiking on the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT), and skiing or riding at Sugar Bowl Resort, Boreal Mountain Resort, and Soda Springs Mountain Resort. Also closeby are two lesser-known trails that locals love, Donner Summit Canyon and Johnson Canyon, great for hiking or snowshoeing. And let’s not forget about mountain biking! The Donner Lake Rim Trail is an awesome point-to-point ride with incredible views.
Public Piers, Beaches, Boating
Looking to spend time on and near the water? From a Donner Lake Airbnb, you’re just minutes from 37 public piers on the north side of the lake, Donner Memorial State Park on the east end, or West End Beach Park on the west end. All great spots for relaxing in the sun, swimming, picnicking, kayaking, paddleboarding, and fishing. Interested in history? The State Park Visitor Center features exhibits on early emigrants, the “Donner Party,” local tribes, and the construction of the transcontinental railroad.
Restaurants Near Donner Lake Rentals
While downtown Truckee is only ten minutes away, Donner Lake has a few excellent dining options that have a tucked away, hidden-gem feel. Depending on where you stay, your Donner Lake vacation rental may be within walking distance. Start with breakfast at Donner Lake Kitchen, hit lunch or dinner at The Pub at Donner Lake, and top it all off with homemade scoops at the Little Truckee Ice Creamery. The Little Truckee Ice Creamery also has pop-up street tacos on Fridays, locals’ favorite!