Donner Lake Vacation Rentals & Cabins

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Make Donner Lake your next getaway—choose from 20 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 Bed | 1.5 Bath | Sleeps 6

Donner Lake Dream Cabin - Truckee, CA

$507 avg / night
Comfortable and Convenient Truckee Condo
2 Bed | 2 Bath | Sleeps 6

Comfortable and Convenient Truckee Condo - Truckee, CA

$308 avg / night
Donner Lakefront Retreat
3 Bed | 2 Bath | Sleeps 8

Donner Lakefront Retreat - Truckee, CA

$751 avg / night
Dolomite Delight
2 Bed | 2 Bath | Sleeps 5

Dolomite Delight - Truckee, CA

$324 avg / night
Boulders Hideout
2 Bed | 2 Bath | Sleeps 4

Boulders Hideout - Truckee, CA

$336 avg / night

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Recent Donner Lake vacation rental reviews

The house was more than big for us 10 adults and a few kids. Neighborhood was quiet and the view of Donner lake was beautiful. Only issue with the home was that the heater was constantly on even though we turned it off. Was too hot at night to sleep upstairs. But downstairs was super cold and heat didn’t work as well. Kitchen had more than enough supplies to cook a few dishes.
Pullain Y. | Nov 2022
I had the best time staying in this cabin. I had a few days off and my friends and I went paddle boarding, swimming, and had wonderful evenings spent in the cabin.
Saskia R. | Oct 2022
Our holidays were magnificent. The cabin has everything you need for a pleasant stay with family or friends. I highly recommend this place.
Natalia C. | Oct 2022
Donner Lake Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. 20 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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