Donner Lake

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Location and Directions:

Truckee, CA 96161
Latitude: 39.3254
Longitude: -120.238

     Donner Lake is located in Nevada County, just west of Truckee, off Interstate 80. From Sacramento take I-80 East to the lake.

General Info:

    The lake is about 3 miles long and 3/4 mile wide. Camping, water-skiing, and wind surfing are available. For more information, contact: Donner Memorial State Park (916) 582-7892 or (800) 444-7275 Donner Memorial Park web site.

Other lakes in the area:
Hell Hole Reservior
Lake Tahoe
Scotts Flat Lake

Boating Info:

    There is a public boat launch and rental boats are available at the marina.

Fishing Info:

    This is an excellent trout fishing lake. Best times to fish are during the spring and fall when the weather is cooler. Rainbow trout are stocked abundantly by the DFW. There are also lake trout (mackinaw), kokanee salmon, and a few nice-sized brown trout in here as well. Good areas for trophy macks and browns are near the boat ramps where they plant the little stocker rainbows. Be sure to visit the CDFW web site for complete regulations before heading out.

Comments and Tips:

     During the warmer summer months, this lake is hammered by all the swimmers, skiers, and wind surfers. Best time to fish is early morning or late evening when most of the swimmers are off the lake.

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