Champs & Fishing at Donner Lake

Well the Holiday weekend/week is upon us and what better to do than celebrate with a little champs and fishing.  We headed off early to Donner Lake with friends to catch us a bite to eat and boy was it good!  Donner Lake is teaming with fish (Mackinaw, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, and Kokanee Salmon) and the best part is you can fish from the shore or one of the many public docks.  Docks are first come first serve so get there early and set up camp.  Its a great spot to fish in the am then jump in the water and play around for the afternoon.  There is plenty of people watching on the lake from the paddle boarders to the wake boarders there is always something gliding by.

We got a bit of a late start for getting a dock so we went to Shoreline Park where there is easy water access for fishing either on the pier or from the shore plus picnic tables and a small vessel launch ramp.  We quickly found our spots and cast our lines and began the waiting game.  A few hours later and a lot of stolen bate we got ourselves a few Trout!

Back at Lola we fired up the grill and poured the Mimosa’s to start off another great day in Tahoe.

Donner Lake is super easy to access but here are a few tips of the trade.

  • Parking is found all around the lake on the side of the roads just don’t block the bike paths
  • We suggest using Donner Pass road from Lola to get down to the lake you will go over rainbow bridge and have a full view of the lake on the drive down.  This will start you at the west end where you can continue down Donner Pass and scope out all the public docs.
  • At the East Beach there is plenty of public space/beach again park on the road and walk in.  There is also the Donner Pass Memorial Park where you can pay to park and explore the museum.
  • The West End Beach is great for small children with its sandy sloped beach. There is a fee to use the beach however its a great spot to spend the day with recreation all around (basketball court, tennis court, volleyball courts, playground area, horseshoe pit, swimming, boat parking, fishing area, and concession)

Donner Lake Resources




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