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“Awesome Lake Donner”
Review of Donner Lake

Ranked #2,625 of 8,712 things to do in California
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Owner description: 3 miles long with 7.5 miles of shoreline, located at 5,900 feet.
Louisville, Kentucky
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115 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Awesome Lake Donner”
Reviewed 15 June 2014

When in the area, we love to drive to the Summit of Lake Donner. The view is awesome and the lake is beautiful; you will want lots of pictures. We went the first of June and did need a jacket at the summit as it was quite windy and there was a chill in the air. Really did not mind as the view is really awesome. If you are in the Truckee or South Tahoe area, take time to drive to the summit of Donner lake.

Visited June 2014
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kmclifford
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21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Beautiful”
Reviewed 1 October 2013

Took the drive from South Lake Tahoe up to Donner Lake/Donner Summit. You will not be disappointed if you do the same. The lake is surrounded by mountains and is a beautiful blue color. Excellent pictures and lots of rich history.

Visited September 2013
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Chico, California
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223 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Kayak Donner Lake”
Reviewed 18 September 2013

We brought our own kayaks and had a great time kayaking on this lake. There are many public piers from which you can launch your kayaks by just dragging them down easily to the lake. You can also rent kayaks at the public beach or you can launch there but there may be a fee. It is off-season so there weren't many motorboats on the lake or it may not have been as much fun as the lake is not too big. We saw great cabins and the lake is pretty.

Visited September 2013
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Sacramento, California
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60 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great place for young and older(er)”
Reviewed 5 September 2013

Great day at the Tahoe Donner Assn private beach since we were enjoying a VRBO rental that included a beach guest pass (did pay a small entry fee per person). Teens loved the peddle boats. Adults read and napped in the sun/shade. Grass and/or sand available in sun or shade. Food at the snack bar was pretty good. Staff at the rental outlet were terrific. Nice changing facilities and clean, spacious restrooms. This lake is a hidden gem in the hustle and bustle of the Tahoe scene.

Visited September 2013
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Omaha, Nebraska
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Clean and friendly place to fish, swim, sail, or walk”
Reviewed 3 September 2013

My sister and her husband have a cabin about 1/4 mile from Donner Lake. My kids went swimming and loved that the water was cold and felt good after a very long and hot day on an airplane. The weather was great for swimming all day and for sleeping with the windows open in the cabin all night. We also liked that we could hike, walk, or just sit and hang out at the Lake all day. We all learned so much about the history of the area. We even drove up to see a little piece of Lake Tahoe while we were there.

Visited July 2013
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