Donner Memorial State Park

Type: Outdoor Activities, Parks

Map / Directions 10Best Says

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

Map / Directions Hours:

  • Park (Memorial Day weekend - First Snowfall): Daily Sunrise-Sunset
  • Emigrant Trail Museum: Daily 10am-4pm

Map / Directions Admissions:

  • Day Use Parking Per Vehicle $6
    Camping Fees $20 - $25
    Emigrant Trail Museum Adult $2; Child (6-12) $1; Child (0-5) Free

  • Free Things to Do: "Visit Donner Lake if you want to get away from the Tahoe summer crowds."
  • Parks: "Donner has some wonderful public docks on its north side for fishing or sunbathing."
  • Museums, Beaches: "On the north side of Donner Lake are several free public piers for fishing and swimming."
  • 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.

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