West End Donner Lake Bear’s Lair – 3 Bdrm, 2.5 Bath

10 guests 3 bedrooms 9 beds 2.5 baths

Bear's Lair Retreat - West End Donner Lake - Truckee

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One block from West End Beach on Donner Lake in Truckee. Spacious kitchen, dining room, and living room. Large game room on the bottom floor. Room to spread out. 10 minutes to downtown Truckee, 10 minutes to Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, 12 minutes to Boreal, minutes to I-80 or Old 40 highways. Views and natural light from every window. Walk to the beach, so close you can run home for extra snacks and to use the bathroom! Walking distance to the Pub at Donner Lake great food and beers!

The space

New furniture and carpet throughout, new beds, and radiant heated floors in the remodeled bathroom. Living space is on the second floor – above the snow level with bright light and views from every window. Wrap around decks and garage allows for easy storage of both winter and summer equipment: bikes, skis toys, etc.

Guest access

The entire cabin can be used. We don’t allow any vehicles to be parked inside the garage. 3-4 parking spots are available in the driveway for guests.

Other things to note

Traffic on holiday weekends leaving Donner Lake can be a nightmare especially when you mix in winter conditions and potential road closures on I-80. Please plan accordingly by either leaving early, before 8am on these holidays, or plan for a late checkout, or even booking another evening with us at a reduced rate to avoid the travel delays back home. Ask us more and we will be glad to explain best practices for logistics during your travels.

Sleeping Arrangements

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Bedroom 1
1 king bed
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Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
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Bedroom 3
5 single beds, 1 bunk bed

Property Features and Amenities

Scenic views

Beach view
Mountain view


Hair dryer
Cleaning products
Body soap
Hot water
Shower gel

Bedroom and laundry

Towels, bed sheets, soap, and toilet paper
Bed linens
Cotton linens
Extra pillows and blankets
Room-darkening shades
Drying rack for clothing
Clothing storage: dresser and closet


Ethernet connection

Heating and cooling

Indoor fireplace
Ceiling fan
Portable fans

Home safety

Smoke alarm
Carbon monoxide alarm
Fire extinguisher
First aid kit

Internet and office

Dedicated workspace
A desk or table with a chair and space for a laptop.

Kitchen and dining

Space where guests can cook their own meals
Cooking basics
Pots and pans, oil, salt, and pepper
Dishes and silverware
Bowls, chopsticks, plates, cups, etc.
Hot water kettle
Coffee maker
Wine glasses
Baking sheet
Trash compactor
Barbecue utensils
Grill, bamboo skewers/iron skewers, etc.
Dining table

Location features

Beach access
Guests can enjoy a nearby beach
Lake access
Guests can get to a lake using a path or dock


Private patio or balcony
Outdoor furniture
Outdoor dining area
Propane BBQ grill

Parking and facilities

Free parking on premises


Self check-in
Check yourself into the home with a door code
Stays for 30 days or less

Not included

Unavailable: Air conditioning


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We had a great time

We had a great time at Christy and Ken’s Bear’s Lair cabin, perfectly located in charming, flat, and very walkable West End Donner Lake! Ken and Christy have done an outstanding job updating the cabin, and it was super clean, organized, and well provisioned. Check-in and check-out were easy. Communication was friendly, and responsiveness was speedy. We highly recommend Christy and Ken’s Bear’s Lair cabin! Thanks again!

Highly recommended!

Lovely cabin in small community on the shore of Donner Lake. The neighborhood has a great mellow vibe of closely built homes that feels older in a good way, like it has a lot of family histories there. The home itself is spacious and great for mid-sized groups/families, with a lot of “public” space to hang out in: nice kitchen, long porch/deck, loving room. Foosball in the basement was a hit with our teens. No air conditioning but the house was cool even on the 85 degree days we had while there.

Ken the local manager was super responsive when we had a short power outage (due to utility company) that resolved itself. We also loved the proximity to hiking and climbing along the Pacific Crest Trail.

Highly recommended!

Amazing stay!

This place was amazing to stay at! Located just 10 minutes from Boreal and 30 minutes from Tahoe Palisades, it was ideal for skiing. A couple minutes walk and you’re at beautiful Donner lake, which offers beautiful views and a nice cold plunge if you’re brave enough. Would definitely stay here again!


Approximate Property Location

Things To know

Where you’ll be

Truckee, California, United States

Quiet and secluded, located on the West End of Donner Lake. Great place to unwind and relax from the busy hustle and bustle of everyday life.

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If you’re driving, read our winter travel tips here.

House rules

  • Check-in: After 4:00 PM
  • Checkout: 10:00 AM
  • Self-check-in with keypad
  • No smoking
  • No pets
  • No parties or events

Health & safety

You must also acknowledge

Additional rules

  • Occupancy: The property shall not be used by more than the number of 10 occupants maximum (4 or 6 or 8 adults with 6 or 4 or 2 kiddos). The responsible renter must be at least 25 years of age unless accompanied by an adult or guardian.
  • Smoking and pets are not permitted on the property under any conditions.
  • Please do not wear shoes inside the house.
  • Housekeeping services: paper towels, toilet paper, laundry, and dish detergent will be provided, but not replenished during your stay. We ask that you leave the home in the general condition as it was when you arrived. Please clean food and drink spills immediately and note that food and drink spills on the furniture are considered damage and not normal wear and tear.
  • Parking: no parking is allowed in the garage. There is room for 4 cars in the driveway, or 3 cars if they are SUVs
  • Fireplace: please do not throw any other combustible materials into the fireplace other than logs.
  •  Water and Septic: please do not put any foreign objects down the toilet. Please do not put grease, chicken bones, potato skins, etc. down the garbage disposal.
  • Quiet hours are between 10 pm – 9 am: Please respect this as we have many neighbors that live here full time and the rules are dictated and strictly enforced by the local authorities.
  • The owners are not responsible for any accidents, injuries, or illnesses that may occur while on the premises or its facilities. The homeowners are not responsible for the loss of personal belongings or valuables of any guests. By accepting this reservation, it is agreed that all guests are expressly assuming the risk of any harm arising from their use of the premises or others whom they invite to use the premises. By accepting this booking, you agree to all the terms and conditions of this agreement.


Check fees for your dates on Airbnb. Save 14% on Airbnb guest services fees when you book direct. Upon booking direct, we collect TOT and a refundable deposit.