Donner Lake, CA

Donner Lake Boating

Donner Lake draws boaters to is pristine water from soon after the spring thaw to the last days of autumn. Paddleboards, rowers, and kayakers skim along the lake's glassy surface in the morning hours.

By mid-day waterskiers and pleasure cruisers can be spotted out toward the middle of the lake. Anglers know that Donner Lake is famous for its good fishing. Sailors take advantage of afternoon winds.

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

Donner Lake Marinas

Donner Lake
Watersports and Marina

Two Locations
15695 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

Donner Lake Marina and Watersports Boat Rentals
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


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.

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

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


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


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