Official guide and information center on Donner Lake boat rentals and watercraft services company. We offer all the fun water toys at the lake. The lake is a freshwater lake in northeast California on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada and about ten miles northwest of the much larger Lake Tahoe which which is one of the most visited lakes in California. The lake is located in the town of Truckee, between Interstate 80 to the north and Schallenberger Ridge to the south.
The route of U.S. 40 follows the northern shoreline, then climbs to Donner Pass from where the entire lake may be viewed in all it’s beauty. Donner lake and the pass were named after the unfortunate Donner Party, which spent its fateful winter near the lake in 1846. Donner Memorial State Park is on the east end of the lake and provides campsites with access to several different beaches. There are also various hiking trails, swimming, and biking in the park to enjoy at the lake.