Donner Lake

This true “Alpine” lake affords tranquility at it’s best. Donner Lake measures just shy of 3 miles long, approximately ¾ of a mile wide and 328 Feet in depth at it’s deepest point. For outdoor recreational enthusiasts, Donner Lake has it all - fishing, sailing, motor boating, swimming, diving and water skiing.

Donner Lake Property Owner’s Association (established 1957) is a non-profit association of the 600+ property owners within a specified area in the vicinity of Donner Lake. The association maintains a private beach on Donner Lake’s West End.

  • Homeowners Association: Yes – Participation Optional
  • Annual HOA Dues: $65
  • Additional HOA Fees: $1,800 One-time Initiation Fee
  • Single-family Home Price Range (non-Lakefront): $400,000 to $800,000
  • Single-family Home Price Range (Lakefront): $950,000 to $5,000,000
  • Residential Mix: 1,500 Year-round Residents, 6,000+ Peak Season (Summer & Winter Holidays)
  • Undeveloped Lot Price Range (non-Lakefront): $75,000+
  • Undeveloped Lot Price Range (Lakefront): $500,000 to $700,000
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  • Phone: (916) 451-6883
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  • Boat Use Fees: The fee is $20 per year for each boat whether required to be registered (any motor vessel and sailboats over 8 feet) or not required to be registered (paddle boats, canoes, kayaks, windsurfers, etc.)
  • Boat Storage Fees: If you want to store your boat or trailer, you need to pay a storage fee plus a boat use fee. The fee is $100 per registered boat or trailer that is left at the beach or in the water (limited to the area behind the breakwater) overnight. The fee is $50 for unregistered boats. Note: Prior to receiving a boat and storage sticker, all members must sign a waiver form, holding the association harmless from any damages related to the members’ boats and/or trailers.

Donner Lake also marks the site of the historic Donner Party. Visit nearby Donner Memorial State Park and Museum – learn the tale of the ill-fated Donner Party, along with the rich history of The Emigrant Trail and Transcontinental Railroad. The short (25 minutes) Donner Party documentary slide show at the museum is definitely worth seeing!

  • Museum Hotline (530) 582-7892
  • Museum Hours – Memorial Day thru Labor Day: Open Daily 10AM-5PM
  • Museum Hours- September thru May: Open Daily 10AM to 4PM
  • Donner Party 25 Minute Slide Show Schedule: 10:15AM, 11:00 AM, 12 Noon, 1PM, 2PM, 3PM & 4PM
  • Admission – Adults $2.00, Youths (ages 6 to 12) $1.00, Children (5 and Under) FREE

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