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Donnor Lake


Donner is expected to set the state record for Mackinaw—best bite before the freeze and just after the ice melts.

Donner Lake was formed primarily through a combination of faulting and glacial action. "Glacial Polishing" of the granite can be seen nearer Donner Summit. Glacial moraine formed a natural dam to the Lake, upon which most of the State Park is situated. The main streams which feed the Lake are: Summit Creek, coming from the West and Gregory Creek, from the North-West; as well as many underground springs which surround the Lake. The water then exits the Lake, through the State Park, via Donner Creek and joins the Truckee River.

Resting at an elevation of 5,969 feet, 2 miles west of Truckee on Hwy 80, Donner has 7.5 miles of alpine covered shoreline and crystal clear blue water. Launching facilities are available as well as a full service marina with boat rentals located on the north side of the lake. Donner Lake holds a good population of rainbow and brown trout as well as Kokanee salmon. Topliners have the best luck in the shallow water using flasher/worm combinations or minnow imitating lures. Trollers go for Mackinaw using a minnow imitating lure or jig for the best results. Early on, the macks may be found in the shallows.


* Note: Rates for Donner & Caples will differ, please call for quotes.