State Park in Truckee & Donner Lake

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 fateful winter of 1846–47. Though its history is gruesome, the park is gorgeous a…
Lake in Truckee & Donner Lake

Donner Lake

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.
Historic Building in Truckee & Donner Lake

Old Jail

Continuously in use until the 1960s, this 1875 red-brick building is filled with relics from the wild days of yore. George ‘Machine Gun’ Kelly was reportedly once held here for shoplifting at a local variety store, …