The Donner Lake Community

Nestled in the Sierra Nevada mountains near Truckee, California, Donner Lake is a hidden gem offering stunning natural beauty and a close-knit community vibe. With its crystal-clear waters, surrounding forests, and a plethora of activities, Donner Lake is a perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts and those seeking a peaceful retreat.

Lake Tahoe's Sister Lake

Many people are familiar with Lake Tahoe, but few realize that there is a smaller version of this gorgeous alpine lake, only a short drive away. This is what makes owning a home in Donner Lake so amazing. It is Lake Tahoe’s secret sister lake with less of the impacts of tourism.

The Donner Lake community is known for its friendly residents and a laid-back atmosphere. The area is dotted with charming cabins, vacation rentals, and homes, many with picturesque views of the lake and mountains. The community prides itself on preserving the natural beauty and historical significance of the region, making it a unique and welcoming place to visit or live.

Things to Do at Donner Lake

1. Water Activities

Donner Lake is a haven for water-based activities. Visitors can enjoy:

  • Swimming: The lake’s clear waters are perfect for a refreshing swim.
  • Boating: Rent a kayak, paddleboard, or motorboat from local marinas and explore the lake at your own pace.
  • Fishing: The lake is stocked with a variety of fish, including trout and kokanee salmon, making it a popular spot for anglers.

2. Hiking and Biking

The area around Donner Lake offers numerous trails for hiking and biking. The Donner Lake Rim Trail provides breathtaking views of the lake and surrounding mountains, suitable for both beginners and experienced hikers.

3. Winter Sports

During the winter months, Donner Lake transforms into a winter wonderland. The nearby Tahoe Donner Ski Resort and Boreal Mountain Resort offer excellent skiing, snowboarding, and tubing opportunities.

4. Picnicking and Camping

Donner Memorial State Park offers picnic areas and campsites, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the natural surroundings. The park also features educational programs and guided tours that highlight the area’s history and ecology.

5. Scenic Drives

The drive around Donner Lake is a must-do for anyone visiting the area. The views of the lake and mountains are spectacular, and there are several scenic overlooks where you can stop and take in the scenery.

6. Cultural Experiences

The Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District organizes various cultural events and activities throughout the year, including concerts, art shows, and community festivals. These events provide a glimpse into the local culture and offer opportunities for visitors to engage with the community.

7. Dining and Shopping

The Donner Lake community offers a variety of dining options, from cozy cafes to lakeside restaurants serving delicious local cuisine. In nearby Truckee, visitors can explore boutique shops, galleries, and a vibrant dining scene that caters to all tastes.

We currently have an amazing lakefront listing on the shores of Donner Lake:

13595 Donner Pass Road

Seize the opportunity to own this unique Donner Lakefront property featuring its own pier and five units. Located on the desirable "Sunny" side of Donner Lake, this Northshore compound offers 100 feet of stunning lake frontage with breathtaking views from the East to the West shores. The main cabin boasts a level entry with an open floor plan, two bathrooms on the main level, a bedroom, and a full loft bedroom upstairs. Additional amenities include a washer/dryer, forced air heating, and a beautiful lakeside deck. Of the five units, two are just steps from the lake. However, Cabin 3, also lakeside, is currently uninhabitable due to a fallen tree from several years ago.

Originally, it was a one-bedroom, one-bath cabin with approximately 420 square feet and a deck. The remaining three cabins are also one-bedroom, one-bath units, each approximately 420 square feet, featuring gas wall heating units in both the bedrooms and living rooms. These cabins have been well-maintained over the years with minimal rental vacancies. With almost 100 feet of lake frontage and a pier, the possibilities for this property are endless. This rare opportunity has not been on the market in a long time! Price:$3,500,000

Contact us today for more information about available homes for sale in Donner Lake and other areas of Lake Tahoe and Truckee.