West End Beach
This Donner Lake beach is popular with families for its roped-off swimming area, snack stand, volleyball nets, and kayak, paddleboat and...
Donner Memorial State Park
At the eastern end of Donner Lake, this state-run park occupies one of the sites where the doomed Donner Party got trapped during the...
Rents bicycles and snowshoes, and rents and sells new and used climbing gear, as well as backcountry ski gear.
Moody's Bistro & Lounge
With its sophisticated supper-club looks and live jazz (Thursday to Saturday evenings), this gourmet restaurant in the Truckee Hotel...
Donner Lake information
West of Truckee, 3-mile-long Donner Lake is a busy recreational hub. The Donner Party camped nearby during the fateful winter of 1846. Donner Summit, further west, has six downhill and cross-country ski resorts.
Cradled by mountains and the Tahoe National Forest, Truckee is a thriving town steeped in Old West history. It was put on the map by the railroad, grew rich on logging and ice harvesting and even had its brush with Hollywood during the 1924 filming of Charlie Chaplin's The Gold Rush . Today tourism fills much of the city's coffers, thanks to a well-preserved historical downtown and its proximity to Lake Tahoe and world-class ski resorts.