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Donner Lake from above with spring snow on Mountain Rose.

Donner Lake

One of the shimmering jewels of the Sierra, Donner Lake is a refreshing mountain getaway for activities from boating in the summer to snowshoeing in solitude in winter. Although it’s a fraction in size to its bigger sibling Lake Tahoe, it offers a more relaxed alternative and just as many options of things to do on and off the water.
Couple lounging on Donner Lake's free public docks.
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37 FREE Public Docks

One of Donner Lake’s more unique aspects are its 37 public docks. Owned and operated by the Truckee Parks and Recreation district, they're available to the public on a first come, first serve basis. They’re perfect to launch a canoe, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard. Or soaking in the sun and even a bit of meditation.
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