Donner Lake Vacation Rentals & Cabins

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Make Donner Lake your next getaway—choose from 21 great vacation rentals

Often referred to as the "Jewel of the Sierra", one of Vacasa's Donner Lake rentals is an amazing home-base for exploring gorgeous and scenic North Lake Tahoe. An outdoor lover's paradise, in the summer, hiking trails abound in Donner Memorial State Park and near Rainbow Bridge, here you can even glimpse native petroglyphs (made by ancestors of the Washoe people 1500-4000 years ago) as you explore on two feet. Donner Lake offers public beach access at both West End Beach, a gorgeous 10-acre beach park (a nominal entrance fee is required) and the Memorial State Park, as well as on the north side of the lake, where you'll be able to find public boat docks.

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Donner Lake vacation rentals for every getaway

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Donner Lake Dream Cabin
2 Bedroom | 1.5 Bath | Sleeps 6

Donner Lake Dream Cabin - Truckee, CA

$429 avg / night
Comfortable and Convenient Truckee Condo
2 Bedroom | 2 Bath | Sleeps 6

Comfortable and Convenient Truckee Condo - Truckee, CA

$242 avg / night
Donner Lakefront Retreat
3 Bedroom | 2 Bath | Sleeps 8

Donner Lakefront Retreat - Truckee, CA

$650 avg / night
Dolomite Delight
2 Bedroom | 2 Bath | Sleeps 5

Dolomite Delight - Truckee, CA

$266 avg / night
Boulders Hideout
2 Bedroom | 2 Bath | Sleeps 4

Boulders Hideout - Truckee, CA

$270 avg / night

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Recent Donner Lake vacation rental reviews

We loved the view and sitting on the dock. We even took a few plunges into Donner Lake.
Ann D. | Sep 2022
Loved this house and the deck and outside dock on the lake is amazing!
Annette T. | Sep 2022
The place was cute and in a nice location (close to grocery stores, short drive to downtown truckee and palisades resort). It was mostly clean with a few gross misses - there was some dark hair in the bathroom drawers and dirty towels in the corner of the bathroom. There was also a lot of miscellaneous stuff in the master bedroom closet. There could have been more instructions generally - it was not easy to figure out the TV experience as a tech-savy millennial (said netflix available but had to call and figure out how to access), and it was not clear where the amenities were and how to access (pool, gym, etc.), and it was not clear whether or not the garage was usable (conflicting information online and in unit). After texting the Vacasa representative over my few days stay I did not receive any responses. Another issue was that there was construction going on on our porch starting around 7:30am every day so we were not able to use our porch or sleep in which was a huge disappointment and selling point of the location.
Samantha S. | Sep 2022
Donner Lake Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. 21 of our Donner Lake vacation rentals have internet access, so you can stay connected throughout your trip.

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Some of the most popular amenities in our Donner Lake vacation rentals include:

Our standard check-in time is 4:00 p.m., and the check-out time is 10:00 a.m. Some exceptions apply—after you book, you’ll find check-in and check-out details in the Vacasa guest app or your Trip Manager.

Absolutely. Our local Donner Lake team includes professional housekeepers who care for all our homes here. They’ll clean thoroughly and restock amenities, so everything is ready for your arrival—and all you have to do is settle in and relax.

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No worries, plans change. Read over our cancellation policy for more information. And if you currently have a Vacasa reservation for Donner Lake, log in to Trip Manager to see options available for your specific trip.

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This beautiful freshwater lake is about 328 feet deep and named after the infamous Donner Party. Located in Truckee, Donner Lake is home to swimming, fishing (trout and Kokanee salmon call the lake home), sailing, and even water-skiing. There is a very popular Fourth of July fireworks celebration with all-day festivities, an annual Donner Lake Swim every August, and in November a Turkey Trot Run around the clear blue water. And when you choose to stay at one of our comfortable and well-stocked Donner Lake rentals, you'll be able to easily enjoy all of the fun going on around you!

In winter, it's only a 30 minute drive to a number of popular Lake Tahoe ski resorts—Squaw Valley, Northstar, Alpine Meadows, Sugar Bowl, Boreal, and Soda Springs. Closer to your Donner Lake retreat in Donner Memorial State Park, a lot of the summer hiking trails turn into winter cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails—just bring your sense of adventure and maybe a camera to capture some beautiful winter images.

If you're in the mood for a day trip, head a few miles south to any number of cities right on sparkling blue Lake Tahoe—Kings Beach, Tahoe Vista, and Carnelian Bay are all a short drive away and offer beaches, shops, and other attractions. And just across the Nevada state line, there are casinos and other entertainment in Crystal Bay.

With a stay at one of Vacasa's Donner Lake rentals, you'll enjoy a professionally-managed vacation getaway that offers all the comforts of home - a full kitchen, comfortable bedrooms, and often times, you'll even have an amazing view right from your own deck or balcony! And while the swimming, fishing, and skiing are all amazing, one of your favorite vacation pastimes may just be relaxing in front of a toasty fireplace on a winter night or sipping coffee on the balcony, on a crisp spring morning at your Donner Lake retreat.

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