The Perfect Getaway
The Cabin at Donner Lake, located in historic Truckee California is a pet-friendly rustic mountain get-away with all of the modern amenities you would want from home. Nestled in a pastoral setting on a tree-studded incline, this newly updated, four-bedroom cabin with room for eight sits on the west shore of Donner Lake.
It is located on the west end of Donner Lake, only 3 blocks from the private owner’s beach, which you can easily walk to and from. In the home you will find 4 spacious bedrooms with 2 full baths.
After a day at Donner Lake, kick your shoes off and relax in the cozy, tongue-and-groove paneled living area. Take advantage of the digital cable on the flat screen TV with DVD player and VCR. Sun a little too bright? The new Hunter Douglas blinds will take care of that. Settle into the big, plush sectional sofa, or step out onto the deck with a cup of coffee for a breath of fresh, mountain air.
Come mealtime, you’ll be ready in this fully equipped, brightly lit kitchen with lots of room and hardwood floors, so those spills will clean up easily. In addition to a big refrigerator, an oven, and dishwasher, you’ll also have a microwave for those quick snacks and that popcorn for movie night! Or, give your cook a break and enjoy a meal at one of the many eateries in downtown Truckee, Tahoe City, Crystal Bay, Incline Village, West Shore and near the South Shore casinos, just over the Nevada line.
This charming and spacious cabin has four bedrooms. The first floor has a king bedroom and a bath with walk-in shower. Up on the second floor are three additional bedrooms and a full bath with shower/tub combo. The kids’ room has a twin-over-full bunk bed, and the last two bedrooms each have king beds. The master suite is set apart with its sliding glass door, leading to a beautiful private balcony where you can step out and admire the stars. There’s even a laundry room with washer/dryer on this level as well, so you never have to worry about running out of clean socks! The home also has high-speed wireless Internet and a digital telephone, so you will never be out of touch with the “real world” – if you choose!
The front deck has a patio table, 4 chairs and an umbrella. We’re sure you’ll enjoy the peace and tranquility while having a meal out on the large deck. There is a propane BBQ for your use. There is storage under the front deck for leaving your skis, beach chairs and the like.
Amenities & Features
Donner Lake is a freshwater lake in Northeast California on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada and about 11 miles (18 km) northwest of the much larger Lake Tahoe. A moraine serves as a natural dam for the lake. The lake is located in the town of 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.
Both the lake and the pass were named after the ill-fated Donner Party, which wintered unintentionally near the lake in 1846. Donner Memorial State Park is on the east end of the lake and provides campsites with access to several different beaches. There are also various hiking trails in the park.
Donner Lake is steeped in history. A visit to the Museum located in the Donner Memorial State Park, or the Truckee Historical Society’s “Jail” downtown, can fill many history buff’s cravings. However, briefly let’s just say that Donner Lake has been a major avenue for most people transiting the Sierra Nevada. Major Emigrant Trails run near the Lake and it is the site of the “Donner Party” story. A Toll Road was later constructed over the Summit and it became one of the first transcontinental highways (Lincoln Highway), followed by the Railroad; then, Highway 40 (now, “Donner Pass Road”) and finally Interstate Highway 80.
Donner Lake holds some of the biggest Lake Trout in the state. There is also a good population of Rainbow and Brown Trout as well as Kokanee Salmon. Fisherman use downriggers and troll with plugs for Kokanee Salmon and Rainbow Trout in order to catch the trophy sized Lake Trout. During the Spring and Fall season, Lake Trout come to the top to feed and this is the only time of year one has the chance to hook a Laker in shallow water.
A public boat ramp operated by the Truckee Donner Recreation & Parks District is available in the northwest corner of Donner Lake. There is a fee charged for boat launching. The lake is open to both power and sail boats.