The Truckee-Donner Recreation and Parks District offers a variety of boating classes each summer. Most of the classes are appropriate for both children and adults. Their classes include
For information, contact the Truckee-Donner Parks and Recreation Department .
Boat traffic on Donner Lake follows the counter-clockwise rule. There is a 35 MPH speed limit during the day. Between sunset and sunrise the speed limit drops to 10 MPH. A 5 MPH limit governs boat traffic near beaches and other public areas. Watch for submerged boulders just east of China Cove.
Boat inspections to prevent the spread of invasive species to Donner Lake are recommended before launching. For more information see Truckee Regional Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program
15695 Donner Pass Rd. and 12593 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee CA
Marina located at the west end of the lake just west of the launch ramp.
2nd Location: Boat rentals on the east shore, inside Donner Memorial State Park.
(530) 582-5112 Website: Donner Lake Watersports and Marina
|Boat||Length||Seats||Hour||Half Day||Full Day|
|Fuel is included. Prices subject to change. Skis, Tubes, Boards, Wet Suits available.|
|Centurion Enzo Wakeboat||23'||12||$225||$810||$1530|
|Chapparal 210SSI Ski & Wakeboat||21'||10||$190||$680||$1290|
|Regal Ski boat||20'||8||$170||$610||$1150|
|Runabout with Wakeboard Tower||19'||7-8||$155||$550||$1050|
|Super Pontoon Boat||28'||20||$200||$720||$1350|
|Kayaks (single or tandem)||1 or 2||$20/ $30||$60/ $75||$100/ $130|
|Canoes||4 - 5||$30||$75||$130|
Kayak and Paddleboard rentals are available at West End Beach Park. Park admission - children $3, adults $4
|Boat||½ Hour||Hour||4 Hours|
|Prices subject to change. Last Rental of the day is at 4:30 PM.|
|Paddle [Pedal] Boats||$13||$20||70|
|Lifevest||$5 per day + deposit|
They also rent storage space for kayaks and small boats such as canoes and rowing sculls. Rental space is seasonal or monthly, May to September. $100 per season or $25 per month. Contact the Truckee-Donner Parks and Recreation Department district office, 8924 Donner Pass Road.
15511 Donner Pass Road
2 Lanes, Floating Docks
Fish Cleaning Station
Car and Boat Trailer Parking
Fees: California residents $10
Parking only $3
Season Passes: $70 and $120
This public launch ramp is operated by the Truckee Donner Parks and Recreation Department and is located at the northwest corner of the lake. The ramp is open 24 hours a day.
Small boats can be hand-lauched at Shoreline Park, mid-way along the north shore of Donner Lake.
700 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, CA
(530) 581-2516 or (888) TAHOE-30
Sierra Boat Company
5146 North Lake Blvd.
Carnelian Bay, CA
(530) 546-2551 Sierra Boat Company
North Tahoe Marina
7360 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe Vista, CA
(530) 583-1039 North Tahoe Marina
Ultimate Marine Service
8975 Double Diamond Pkwy, Building A, Suite 13 , Sparks, NV
(775) 360-2660 Ultimate Marine
517 National Ave., Tahoe Vista, CA
(530) 546-2424 Fiberglass Specialists
Donner Lake is a popular spot for rowing. Sculls can be seen out on the glassy water nearly every morning.
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Around Donner Summit