Nevada County, Northern California

Donner Lake Boating

Boating on Donner Lake: Launch Ramps, Docks, Boat Rentals

Nearby Boat Storage Facilities

Boating and Sailing Lessons

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

  • Boating Safety
  • Beginner Tandem Kayak
  • Moonlight Paddles
  • Stand Up Paddleboard Classes
  • Outrigger Canoeing
  • Sailing Race Clinics
  • Sailing for Adults & Family
  • Advanced Sailing Race Team

For information, contact the Truckee-Donner Parks and Recreation Department .

Donner Lake Boating in a Nutshell

  • Water Skiing, Wake Boarding, Tubing
  • Personal Watercraft, Patio Boats, Fishing Boats, Pleasure Cruisers
  • Kayaking, Canoeing, Windsurfing, Rafts

Donner Lake Boating

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.

Prevent the Spread of Invasive Species

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

Photo of waterskier on Donner Lake, CA

Donner Lake Marinas

Donner Lake Watersports and Marina

Two Locations
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.


  • Facilities:   Docks, Boat Rentals, Fuel available nearby
  • Slips  

2nd Location: Boat rentals on the east shore, inside Donner Memorial State Park.

(530) 582-5112     Website: Donner Lake Watersports and Marina

Donner Lake Marina and Watersports Boat Rentals - 2017
Boat Length Seats Hour Half Day Full Day
Fuel is included. Prices subject to change. Skis, Tubes, Boards, Wet Suits available.
Personal Watercraft ~10' 3 $130 $470
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
Fishing Boat 14' $50 $180 $340
Pontoon Boat 23' 13 $140 $500 $940
Super Pontoon Boat 28' 20 $200 $720 $1350
Hydrobikes 1 $25 $75 $130
Pedal Boats 2 $20 $60 $100
Kayaks (single or tandem) 1 or 2 $20/ $30 $60/ $75 $100/ $130
Canoes 4 - 5 $30 $75 $130
Stand-up Paddleboards 12' $25 $75 $140

Photo of Paddleboarders in the fog at  Donner Lake, CA

Paddleboarders on a misty September morning

West End Beach Park
Boat Rentals and Boat Storage

Kayak and Paddleboard rentals are available at West End Beach Park. Park admission - children $3, adults $4

West End Beach Boat Rentals
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
Single Kayaks $10 $15 $50
Double Kayaks $13 $20 $70
Stand-up Paddleboards 13 $20 $70
Sailboat $30 90
Inner Tubes NA $5 NA
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.


Donner Lake
Launch Ramps

Donner Lake Boat Ramp

15511 Donner Pass Road
2 Lanes, Floating Docks
Fish Cleaning Station
Car and Boat Trailer Parking
Fees: California residents $10
  Out-of-state $15
  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.
(530) 582-7720

Shoreline Park

Small boats can be hand-lauched at Shoreline Park, mid-way along the north shore of Donner Lake.

Photo of Launch Ramp at Donner Lake, CA

Public Launch Ramp

Marine Services

A&M Marine
700 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, CA
(530) 581-2516 or (888) TAHOE-30
A&M Marine

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

Fiberglass Specialists
517 National Ave., Tahoe Vista, CA
(530) 546-2424   Fiberglass Specialists


Photo of rower at Donner Lake, CA

Donner Lake is a popular spot for rowing. Sculls can be seen out on the glassy water nearly every morning.

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