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Donner Memorial State Park
Type: Outdoor Activities, Parks
A center for recreation and outdoor fun, Donner Memorial State Park also holds the memories of pioneer struggles, especially in regard to the Donner Party, who suffered a winter in the area and... Read More
A center for recreation and outdoor fun, Donner Memorial State 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 Lake tends to get less crowded than Lake Tahoe on summer weekends.
- 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 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.