Donner Memorial State Park Campground

Donner Lake

Donner Lake

picnic site at Donner Lake, Donner Memorial State Park

Picnic Area near Campgrounds

Donner Memorial State Park
Attractions and Activities

Donner Memorial State Park has both the history of the Donner Party as well as all the treasures of Donner Lake for visitors to enjoy.

  • Visit the new High Sierra Crossing Museum
  • Stop by the famous Pioneer Monument
  • Hike out to the site of the Murphy Cabin
  • Enjoy boating on Donner Lake with rentals from Donner Lake Watersports and Marina. Boating, fishing, waterskiing, pedal boats, canoes, kayaks, paddleboards and more
  • Walk the Nature Trail
  • Children participate in Junior Rangers
  • Enjoy interpretive programs
  • Drive up old Highway 40 to the Rainbow Bridge and the top of Donner Pass
  • Hike on trails up Coldstream Canyon or set out north or south on the Pacific Crest Trail

Key Campground Regulations

  1. Bears: Food and similar items must be stored in bear-proof lockers.
  2. Water is in short supply during California's drought.
  3. Firewood: Purchase firewood locally to avoid bringing in pests.

Donner Memorial State Park Campground

Donner Memorial State Park Campground, on the shore of Donner Lake, is one of the premier camping spots in California. Excellent facilities, a spectacular lake, and all the history of the region combine to make Donner a great experience for all ages. Donner Lake offers swimming, fishing, boating, waterskiing, and paddleboarding. The new High Sierra Crossing Museum has exhibits about Native Americans, pioneers, and the building of the transcontinental railroad.

Donner Memorial State Park has 138 campsites separated into three areas. Most campsites will accommodate RVs, trailers and tents. A handful of sites are tent-only. Restrooms include hot showers. Reservations are released in one month blocks on the first of each month, 7 months in advance.

Campground Basics
Location: Off Interstate 80 west of Truckee
Elevation: 6,000 feet
Mileage and driving time from gateway city: Sacramento - 98 miles, 1:40
Number of Sites: 138
Open - Closed: Late May through late October
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 (fee for 2nd vehicle)
Pets: on leash, always attended
Donner Memorial State Park: (530 )582-7894

Reservations available whenever campground is open
Booking Window: Reservations can be made from 2 days up to 7 months in advance of arrival date. New dates are released in 1-month blocks on the first of each month.
Maximum RV/trailer Length: 24 feet
Accessible Sites: #20, 28, 30, 53, 60, 73, 79, 114, 115, 124
Favorite Campites: #18, 19, 84, 85, 86, 87, 99, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 122, 145, 147
Fees: $35 per night
Reservations: Donner Memorial State Park Camping Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out Noon

Donner Memorial State Park Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, fire ring; no hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, tap water
Showers: Yes
Dump station: No
Campground Map: Donner Memorial State Park Campground Map
Nearby attractions: High Sierra Crossing Museum, Nature Trail, hiking, historical monuments, Donner Lake, Donner Pass, Lake Tahoe

Donner Lake, Donner Memorial State Park

Donner Lake

General Camping Information

Opening and closing dates of campgrounds are only estimates, usually dependent on snow conditions. Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the website when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.

In order to prevent the spread of invasive insects, purchase firewood locally.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.

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