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Now a center for recreation and outdoor fun, this park also holds the memories of pioneer struggles, especially in regard to the Donner Party, who suffered a winter in the area and resorted to... Read More
Now a center for recreation and outdoor fun, this park also holds the memories of pioneer struggles, especially in regard to the Donner Party, who suffered a winter in the area and resorted to cannibalism to survive. Now, the tract of land in the Sierra Nevada range offers a wealth of warm- and cold-weather possibilities, including camping, fishing, hiking, boating, skiing, and more. Plus, the onsite museum charts local history and geology, and a memorial to the Donner party documents the conditions through which the survivors lived. Donner Park's beach is small, but the sand is really nice and the swimming area is protected for smaller children.
- Park (Memorial Day weekend - First Snowfall): Daily Sunrise-Sunset
- Emigrant Trail Museum: Daily 10am-4pm
- Day Use Parking Per Vehicle $6
Camping Fees $20 - $25
Emigrant Trail Museum Adult $2; Child (6-12) $1; Child (0-5) Free
- Best for Free Things to Do Because: The free public docks on the north side of the lake are great for fishing and sunbathing.
- Best for Parks Because: Donner Memorial State Park has beaches, sailing, kayaking and great views.
- Best for Museums Because: The museum is only a small part of the park, camping, swimming, boating and fishing are also available.
- Best for Beaches Because: Donner Lake is away from the Tahoe summer crowds and is surrounded by beautiful mountains.