If there’s nothing better than getting out on a lake via motorboat, then you’re in luck. The boat ramp to access Donner Lake is on the northwest corner and is open from roughly May through September. Please note that the lake has a 35 MPH speed limit.
Protect Donner Lake from Invasive Species
Be aware that watercraft self-inspections are mandatory for all motorized and/or trailered watercraft launching on Donner Lake and must be submitted to the town of Truckee. Make sure your boat is clean, drained, and dry to help protect Donner Lake from harmful invasive species. Invasives such as invertebrates (New Zealand mudsnails, quagga mussels, and Asian clam), plants (Eurasian watermilfoil, hydrilla, and curlyleaf pondweed), and warm water fishes degrade aquatic ecosystems, inhibit recreation, and damage infrastructure.
Near the boat ramp on the northwestern end of the lake is the Donner Lake Marina, which offers boat rentals. You’ll find everything from stand-up paddleboards, single and double kayaks, hydrobikes, jet skis, motorboats and paddle boats. These are all available by hourly, half day, and full day rates. There are also rentals available at the eastern end of the lake inside Donner Memorial State Park.
Other Watersports And When To Go
All water activities are enjoyable on Donner Lake. The key fact is WHEN to go. Windsurfers will enjoy the lake in the afternoon as the winds pick up. While for water skiing, wakeboarding, kayaking, and paddleboarding, you can enjoy a glassy surface if you head out before 10 am.