House, 4 Bedrooms, 3.0 Bathrooms, (Sleeps 12)
Donner House Vacation Rental
Great Getaway Above Donner Lake!
We're a family of four from Reno who needed a weekend getaway. This was the perfect place for us and then some! This three-story cabin had all the amenities: Laundry, playroom and gaming for the kids downstairs with bunk beds, full and clean kitchen with all the needed items to cook meals, netflix on all TVs, good size master bedroom on main floor and two bedrooms (one of each kid) with TVs upstairs. We had a great time cooking breakfasts, bbqing on the deck for Cinco De Mayo, and relaxing watching movies and playing board games in our downtime.
The location to the Lake was wonderful. We spent some time at the lake and one day traveled up the mountain to hike the old Chinese railroad tunnels. Such a cool adventure!
The owners were super accommodating too! Overall we were really pleased with our stay and would definitely stay here again!
Cozy house, great location, had everything we needed. Owners were lovely to work with. Thank you!!
Cute, spacious, comfortable, and close to the lake,
We really enjoyed our weekend at the Donner house. We spent a lot of time at the lake which is a short walk from the house and a lot of time on the patio overlooking the lake. It was a very relaxing weekend of quality time spent with family.
Donner Lake is a focal point for many activities. The usual water type activities of swimming, sailing, water skiing (35 MPH Limit), diving, and fishing (Mackinaw, Rainbow, German Brown, and Kokanee; FISH WARNING) can be enjoyed on our "Jewel of the Sierra".
There is quite a bit of "public" access to the Lake: Donner Memorial State Park and Museum, West End Beach, as well as 1.5 miles of public boat docks along the North side of the Lake, from the Public Boat Ramp, to the Donner Tract Private Beach (there is also a small section of public piers at the foot of Summit Drive).
Being at the center of some of the best snow skiing in the Sierra, makes Donner Lake a very popular place. Donner Lake is less than a half hour from: Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Northstar, Sugar Bowl, Donner Ski Ranch, Tahoe Donner®, Boreal, and Soda Springs. In addition, Royal Gorge and the Donner Memorial State Park may have trails for the Cross Country crowd. Snowboarding is also popular.
For the more Adventuresome:
Hiking is very popular; take a tour with a Ranger at the State Park; visit the Indian "Petroglyphs" near Rainbow Bridge, or Rock Climbing near the Summit -- there are several climbs which have challenged even the best!
Horseback riding is available at various resorts and Golf Courses are also less than a half hour away. Soar above us all, with a glider ride from the Truckee Tahoe Airport, just minutes away. The local Experimental Aircraft Association, EAA Chapter 1073 also offers free flights for kids 8 through 17.
Organized Summer Activities:
Mini Triathlon (which includes swimming about 1 mile, 40K bicycle race, then run around the Lake!); The 4th of July FIREWORKS; Donner Lake Swim; The Lake Tahoe Music Festival will be held exclusively in the Village at Northstar; Turkey Trot (run around the Lake). Throughout the summer there are all types of events happening, such as sailboat and windsurfing races. Check often with the Truckee Donner Park & Recreation's Event Calendar for what's happening while your visiting Donner Lake.
Most of Donner Lake is within the Limits of the "Town of Truckee" with the exception of the area of Placer County which is NOT in the Town proper. We are also serviced by Special Districts that have jurisdictional control over Donner Lake: Tahoe Forest Hospital District (TFHD), Truckee Tahoe Sanitation Agency (TTSA), Truckee Sanitary District (TSD), Truckee Cemetery District, Truckee Fire District, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District (TTUSD), Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District (TDRPD), Truckee Donner Public Utility District (TDPUD), and Truckee Tahoe Airport District (TTAD).