Although the lake shoreline includes
numerous homes and I-80 nearby, you can see a great view of Donner Pass
with Donner Memorial State Park on the east end.
From I-80, take the Donner Pass Road
exit and follow it west. Follow signs to Lake and Park.
Underwater Diving (Best)
Good up to 200’ depth, with visibility
excellent in the 20’- 40’ range. Excellent shoreline facilities rank this
diving area second only to nearby Lake Tahoe. Donner is the most popular
lake in our backyard. Three dive sites: at the boat launch on the west
end, China Cove on east side, and Shoreline Park on north side. Diving
attractions include big crawdads, tree stumps over 500 years old, sunken
sailboat, and large trout. Beware of high-speed boats.
Fishing is better than the catching;
so most fishermen go elsewhere. Rainbow, Mackinaw, and Kokanee are available,
and trolling works best. The most productive fishing for Macs and browns
is in winter, or look for good browns, rainbows and Kokanee in the spring.
Boating Lakes & Reservoirs
All craft currently allowed, but a
ban on jet skis is being considered; sailboating is very popular, but winds
can be hazardous. Boat launch and rentals available at the marina on the
west end, not at the State Park.
Donner Memorial State Park: There are
149 camp sites, including tables and stoves, some space for trailers up
to 24', RVs 28'. Includes 2 bike/hike-in sites and seven disabled-accessible
sites. No hookups. Hot showers. Dogs must be leashed at all times. Five
picnic tables near the lake on a paved road that is used as an access trail
with one disabled-accessible table and restroom. Reservations available: