Nevada County, Northern California

Getting to Donner Lake



Directions to Donner Lake


To reach Donner Lake is as easy as finding your way to Interstate 80 and following it east or west until you reach the lake. The turnoff to Donner Lake is well marked on 80.

From Lake Tahoe's west shore, head to Tahoe City and then take Highway 89 north to Truckee. Donner Lake is just west of Truckee. From the north or east shores of Tahoe, drive to Kings Beach and then take Highway 267 north to Truckee. Follow Interstate 80 west a few miles to the Donner Lake turnoff.

Mileage and Driving Times to Donner Lake
Miles Hours Mins.
Carson City, NV 65 1 15
Fresno 266 4 13
Grass Valley 55 1 17
Los Angeles 484 7 31
Modesto 171 2 45
Redding 256 4 00
Reno, NV 33 0 34
Sacramento 102 1 38
San Jose 215 3 27
San Francisco 186 2 59
Stockton 149 2 20

map of the Donner Lake area