Donner Lake  - Placer County, CA



Elevation 5,933 ft.

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 (Good)
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 (Exceptional)
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.

 Camping (Exceptional)

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: 1-800-444-7275.


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