USA California Nevada County Truckee Listing #13930

Donner Lake Dream Cabin - Truckee, CA

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41 reviews
Max. occupancy: 6 3 Queen Bed, 2 Twin Bed, 1 Futon 2 bedrooms  plus loft 1.5 bathrooms 4 dog max  4WD/traction may be required in winter
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Dog-friendly waterfront cabin w/ lake views & access - close to slopes

Come to Truckee and stay in this cozy cabin-style home on the lake and revel in easy access to year-round outdoor activities. Even the family dog is welcome to come along and enjoy the fun for a small nightly fee.

Your ideal location right on the shores of beautiful Donner Lake means you can step outside whenever you like and partake in activities like fishing, swimming, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding. Or just lounge on a public dock and soak up the warm sunshine. Hike the surrounding trails, then make the five-mile trek to town to browse shops or grab a bite to eat. In the winter, head to Sugar Bowl, just five miles away, for powdery fun on the slopes. Or head to Northstar, Squaw Valley, and Alpine Meadows, all within 14 miles.

This home's interior is warm and inviting with wood plank walls and ceilings that rise to a loft, giving the open concept living area a spacious feel. Plentiful windows brighten up the space, and the deck just off the living room provides the ideal spot for relaxing and taking in gorgeous views of the lake and mountains in the distance. You'll have free WiFi to stay in touch with friends and family, and the well-equipped kitchen offers lots of counter space so the cooks in your group can spread out and create tasty snacks and meals.

Make this comfortable, Old Tahoe cabin your home base and set yourself up for a peaceful, stress-free Truckee vacation. Reserve it today!

City/town permit number: STR21-01308

You must be 25 years or older to rent this property.


Heating & cooling

Central AC
Partial AC

Gas fireplace

Space heater

House rules


Kitchen & dining






Lake view


Water view


Mountain view


Internet : Suddenlink


Cable : Suddenlink

Wireless router

Blu-Ray player

Netflix streaming

Nearby activities & attractions

Downhill Skiing



Gas grill : Private

Beach towels


41 reviews

Jenna F. Nov 2022
Location and beds were perfect! Enough space for our people and great for our dog. Loved being by the lake and having a dock to get engaged on!!! It made the weekend! The only big downside was a bad smell in the dishwasher that stunk the house. Maintenance should be provided more when checking and cleaning the home before the next people.
Manager response:
We're sorry housekeeping missed noting any bad smells from the dishwasher. This will be addressed. Thank you, Jenna!
erin f. Sep 2022
This cabin is perfect for a group and loved that it was pet friendly. Kitchen and a few other areas of home have been updated since the images were taken for the listing. My one complaint would be that only two windows in the entire cabin have screens, so we couldn’t have fresh cool air in the bedrooms at night or cool down the house much after a warm day (we closed the non-screened windows when the bugs came out in the evenings). It made sleeping rather hot and uncomfortable even with fans. Hopefully screens are on the to do list.
Manager response:
Hi, Erin! We're glad you stayed with us and appreciate your review. Our property manager is working with the homeowner to get screens on all the windows. Thank you!
Megan M. Aug 2022
Perfect location right on the lake. Beautiful views for meals out on the deck! Small but charming inside and loved that we could bring our dogs. Lovely weekend!
Karen M. Jun 2022
Our trip to Yellowstone was cancelled because my son broke his ankle. We snagged this cabin last minute and I can’t believe it was available. We have two teenagers and there was plenty of room. It was very clean and so cute. The location is amazing. Right across the road from several public docks. We were able to have our own dock all three days! I would definitely stay at this cabin again.
Jennifer J. May 2022
This cabin is a great location on the waterfront. Our dog loved laying on the deck in the sun. The cabin is simple and had plenty of room for our family of five. The carpets could use a good cleaning, but this is expected with a cabin that accepts pets!
Manager response:
Hi, Jennifer! It's not surprising to read the carpets in this active, pet-friendly house need a little love. A carpet cleaning is scheduled for July. Thank you!
Eric B. Mar 2022
Beds were excellent. Wifi problems quickly corrected by responsive staff.
Emily L. Feb 2022
This house is nicely located across the road from Donner lake. It is a busy road at times, but easy enough to cross over and walk along the lake. The house is very basic but had all we needed to make a simple meal and it was comfortable for hanging out. Thanks.
Zhun H. Dec 2021
Really enjoyed the stay at the cabin! We arrived in the middle of a snow storm and no wifi because of comcast. Grace, the local team has been very patient to us and very helpful, she quickly find a wifi hotspot for us to keep connected!

The location is really nice, picture perfect, although it is worth mentioning that there's a street between the lake and cabin.

Several minor complains / caveats:
1. The parking spot is really not ideal during winter, during a snow/rain storm, the ground accumulate a lot of water and it is hard to access the car. Also I would appreciate if the parking spot has more obvious signs
2. The cabin is kind of small. It is a perfect size for a single family in our case, I cannot see how it can fit 2 families though.
Rebecca W. Sep 2021
The house is right across the street from the Lake. Public docks are all over the Lake so we grabbed one and had the best lake days. There were also some restaurants in walking distance. There are also trails upon trails nearby! I would highly recommend.
Debra D. Sep 2021
We enjoyed sitting on the deck watching the water sports activities
Emily M. Aug 2021
Loved our time here. Beautiful setting and had everything we needed for a great week as a family!
Suzanne O. Aug 2021
This cabin is so inviting and the view is spectacular! It feels very homey and the decor was perfect for Donner Lake. Some things need attention like a portion of the flooring in the living room where there is a huge indentation and part of the kitchen table is not supported. It does get hot in the cabin but Vacasa was quick to give us fans when we called their support line. Thank you for making our vacation so memorable!
Colleen W. Jun 2021
Donner Lake is a hidden gem! We enjoyed our stay at Donner Lake Dream Cabin. The cabin layout is smart in floor plan design, but the front deck is where we spent most of our time. There were a few small furnishing details that I noted to Vacasa to improve future stays & they seem to be very responsive. Another note, is the pier/deck/dock across the street from the house is public & it is first come first serve, sometimes the public take the dedicated parking spots that are at street level (the only parking spot for Vacasa vacationers) which is down a slight hill from the cabin. This place was perfect for our family getaway & we would stay here again!
Greg P. Dec 2020
Our family of 3 and our dogs enjoyed our short weekend at the lake in this rustic, warm cabin. Cozy, comfy, with basic, but nice amenities. The gas fireplace, which is connected to the thermostat heater, was great! We curled up on the comfy sofa all weekend.

The location was great as we took walks on the lakeshore across the street, and it was just a short drive down the road to go tubing and hiking in the snow. Just a short drive to downtown Truckee too. We can't wait to come back!
Harihar D. Nov 2020
View was spectacular. Stay was very peaceful.
Shannon M. Oct 2020
We loved the location right across from Donner Lake, spending much time on the front deck watching sunrises and sunsets. Definitely recommend. No A/c but the rental company brought fans right away and that helped a lot. Dog friendly too!
David-Kim N. Aug 2020
The location was the best thing about this house. Plenty if clean towels for the week. We enjoyed our stay but docked one star due to a few issues. Overall still a pleasant stay as we worked remotely on the lake from this cabin. Being so close to the lake, both of us coild go down to the dock quickly and also take our SUP/Kayak to the water with ease.

A few requests for points for owners to improve regarding amenities for future guests. For us we were prepared so not too big an issue, but for guests not ready, they may need to bring additional amenities or go shopping while up there.
1) Garbage can was inaccessible with no key to
unlock door under the deck. Being just two
of us, we managed but were it 4 or more
people this would be unacceptable. FYI, bear
box up the hill was non-functional/broken.
2) No bowls, there were deep plates but too
shallow for bowls.
3)Toiletries were almost inadequate for staying
a week. Luckily we always pack extra gear
in our car in case we go camping.
Manager response:
We are sorry for any miscommunications regarding the number of paper products provided in the unit prior to your arrival. We do provide starter packs of paper products and detergents, and anything required beyond this is the responsibility of the guests. We are glad you enjoyed this home and we appreciate you bringing these issues to our attention. We will work with our local team to ensure these items are corrected for future guests, and we hope to host you again in the near future!
Marisa B. Jun 2020
We absolutely love this cabin right across from Donner Lake! Cute cabin and great location with access to a public pier for fishing and floating right across the street!
Susan A. Jun 2020
Great location and cute cabin. Beautiful view of the lake!
Paul L. Mar 2020
Simplicity of the place. Great location.
Paraag V. Feb 2020
The view from the cabin was amazing, location was great, near Truckee downtown and also close to some of the ski areas

Denise L. Oct 2019
Really cute cabin with a perfect view overlooking the lake. Had everything we needed for a great stay and the fishing was great!
Susan B. Sep 2019
The cabin was very cute and cozy and had most everything we needed that we didn't bring with us. There was a barbecue on the front deck with cozy chairs to sit in while we barbecued chicken in the evening. The beds were comfortable with plenty of pillows. It was a very nice place to stay. The only thing I wasn't expecting is the very busy & noisy road that went between the cabin and the lake but overall it was a great stay!
Ulrike S. Sep 2019
Cozy place right across the street from the public piers, and in walking distance of the ice cream shop. Smelt clean, has anything you need, including beach towels. Beds had some hairs in them, but other than that seemed clean, just shook them out. Lamps are bit odd, but functional.Shower is very strong, you get a free back massage :0) This place is a combination of rustic old and modern. Very cabin like. Carpets are stained, but seemed clean.
Planning on staying here again.
Charlotte J. Jul 2019
Great view from porch. Kitchen fully stocked only thing is need to supply larger trash bin and outside trash can. Beds could use egg crates for comfort. Definitely enjoyed the week will be coming back!
Rod S. Jun 2019
great little place close to everything you need
Eugenio S. Jan 2019
Confortable, great view.
Nicole H. Oct 2018
We loved staying here! Beautiful views of the water, and sweet space. We also loved that we could bring our dog!!
Noah G. Apr 2018
cute cabin with nice views of donner lake
Tyler L. Mar 2018
The view. That's about it
Tina N. Feb 2018
Really cute little cabin across the street from Donner. Nice new linens and furnishings. We didn't catch housekeeping on their best day.
Bhargava P. Feb 2018
Had a very good stay at the Property. Very Picturesque location, just in front of the Donner lake. The house was pretty clean when we checked in. The only issue we had was the bathroom door lock in the 1st floor. The door lock was not working and it restricted the usage. Apart from that, the stay was pretty good.
Manager response:
Maintenance inspected the bathroom door lock and found it to be working. We have posted instructions near the door to assist our guests. We are glad to see the stay was enjoyable!
Meredith E. Feb 2018
Lovely house. Highly recommend! Location is amazing, house is great... fully stocked and immaculate. Cozy house for a great friends weekend. Loved it.