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Our History

Donner Lake, formerly known as Truckee Lake, is a freshwater lake in Northeast California on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, about 20 miles northwest of Lake Tahoe. A moraine serves as a natural dam for the lake. The lake is located in Truckee, between Interstate 80 to the north and Schallenberger Ridge to the south. The tracks of the Union Pacific Railroad run along Schallenberger Ridge and closely follow the route of the original transcontinental railroad. The historic route of the Lincoln Highway, the first automobile road across America and US 40 follows the northern shoreline, then climbs to Donner Pass, from where the entire lake may be viewed. Donner Lake Village, formerly Donner Lake Lodge In the 50s and 60s was the hot spot in the Sierra Nevada mountain region. Interstate 80 had yet to be built, so locating the lodge on U.S. 40 at the foot of Donner Summit and the lake was a dream location. A true “All-Season Resort,” Donner Lake Lodge was open year-round. In the Spring, there was great fishing; in the summer, boating and water skiing; in the fall, hunting; and in the winter, snow skiing. Donner Lake Lodge had it all, complete with marine facilities. Donner Lake Lodge was the resort for the entire family to enjoy—beautiful sandy beaches for the children and adults made for a perfect vacation.

Getting to Donner Lake Village

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From San Francisco

Take Interstate 80 east. Follow I-80 for approximately 3 hours or until you reach Donner Lake exit 180. Take Donner Lake Road and turn right when you reach Donner Pass Rd. Donner Lake Village will be the second property on your left.


From the Truckee Airport

Get on Soaring Way. Take the right on North Shore Dr. Stay on North shore Dr for 1.5 miles then get on I-80 West. Take exit 184 To Donner Pass Rd in Truckee. Turn Left in the Stop Sign. Stay on Donner Pass Rd for 3,5 Miles. Donner Lake Village will be on your left.


Seasonal Docks

Enjoy our Seasonal Dock. Starting on Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Bring your kayak, paddleboard, jetski or boat and discover our private dock. Available to guests and Owners staying at the resort*
*Subject to Dock slip availability on a First come, First serve basis. Fees apply. |

Free Parking

We offer spacious parking lots for our registered Guests and Owners. Check with the front desk for the designated parking spots. Free for guests with valid reservation.*
* Limited to 1 car per reservation on holidays |

Guest Laundry

We have coin operated washers and dryers available for guests and owners. Find the Laundry room in the first floor of Building "B".*
*Only available for guests with a valid reservation. Quiet hours apply (10pm-8am). Contact the front desk if coins are needed. |

Indoor Saunas

elevate your stay with a blissful retreat into our dry saunas. These tranquil sanctuaries offer a respite from the demands of the day and a pathway to renewed vitality.Feel the stress of the day melt away as you recline on smooth wooden benches.*
*Only for guests and owners with a valid reservation. No invited visitors allowed. Children must be supervised by a parent or legal guardian. |

Outdoor BBQs

Do you want to enjoy the fresh breeze of the Tahoe summer?. You are in the right place. We offer BBQs free of charge to the Guests and Ownners staying at Donner Lake Village.*
*Only for guests and owners with a valid reservation. Free of Charge |

Boat Trailer Parking Lot

Planning to stay longer?. We have and extensive parking lot for Boat Trailers free of charge for guests and owners. Available only after registration at Front Desk.*
*Must register at the Front Desk before use. |

Ice & Vending Machines

We offer Vending machines in Building B and Ice machines in each building. Get a snack without leaving our property.

Fireplace Lounge

Enjoy Our Lakeview Fireplace Lounge. Either you want to relax, take a coffee cup or enjoy the magestic view of the sierra nevada, this is the perfect spot.*
*Quiet Hours Apply (10pm - 8am). |

Picnic Tables

Available only during the Summer. We offer many picnic tables to our registered guests and owners. Free of Charge. Enjoy the best lake view and grass area taking breakfast, lunch or dinner in our picnic tables.*
*Quiet hours are 10pm to 8am |

Wax Room

Are you visiting the Ski Resorts in the Tahoe Area? We have a wax room located on the Building "B" 1st floor. Get ready for more powder whenever you need it.

Property Map

Donner Lake Village Rentals is part of the DLV HOA. There are 5 Buildings on this property:

  • Building A (15695 Donner Pass Rd)

Commercial Building where our Front Desk office is located (1st floor office #101). This building has other independent businesses, like Neve Salon, Trout Unlimited, Sierra Nevada Civil Engineers, and others.

  • Building B (15775 Donner Pass Rd)

Closest Building to the Front Desk Office. In this Building, you will find the Self-service Housekeeping Closet (1st floor – in Front of unit 117), Ice Machine on 2nd Floor (Between units 214 and 215), The Guest Laundry Room on 1st Floor (Next to unit 122), and two lounge areas at each Building entrances.

  • Building C (15755 Donner Pass Rd)

This is our Lakefront Building. Many units on the east side have a lake view. In this Building, you will find Vending Machines on the 1st Floor, 1 Sauna room on each floor (Next to Units 134 and 235), The wax room (Next to Unit 132), The Fireplace Lounge on the 2nd Floor (Lakeside of the building), a lounge area in the 1st floor (Lakeside of the Building), and an ice machine on the 1st floor (entrance of wax room).

  • Building D (15715 Donner Pass Rd)

This is the closest Building to the Lake. The units here are bigger than the rest. Most of these units will have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a full kitchen, and a spacious living room. Enjoy the best lake view from the rear deck.

  • Building E (Privately Owned)