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Donner Memorial State Park Campground

Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, California

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  • Typical campsite at Donner Memorial State Park Campground.- Donner Memorial State Park Campground
  • Typical campsite at Donner Memorial State Park Campground.- Donner Memorial State Park Campground
  • Typical campsite at Donner Memorial State Park Campground.- Donner Memorial State Park Campground
  • Typical campsite at Donner Memorial State Park Campground.- Donner Memorial State Park Campground
  • Campground restrooms.- Donner Memorial State Park Campground
  • Looking down Donner Lake from near China Cove. Donner Peak (8,020') stands tall center left, rising above the notch of Donner Pass.- Donner Memorial State Park Campground
  • China Cove is home to a popular swimming beach.- Donner Memorial State Park Campground
  • The Donner Creek outlet is a big draw in summer.- Donner Memorial State Park Campground
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Donner Lake access. Donner Pass recreation nearby.
Cons: 
Seasonal campground.
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Region:
Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, CA
Congestion: 
High
Preferable Season(s):
Summer
Camping fee: 
$35.00
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Not Required
Tent/Car sites: 
152
Tent/Walk-in sites: 
2
Picnic Tables: 
Yes
Dogs allowed: 
Yes
Current Local Weather:
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Sleet and windy overnight.
57°F
39°

Fri

Mixed precipitation (1–2 in. of snow) in the morning.
42°F
28°

Sat

Partly cloudy until afternoon.
60°F
25°

Sun

Clear throughout the day.
70°F
33°

Mon

Clear throughout the day.
74°F
39°

Tue

Clear throughout the day.
75°F
42°

Wed

Mostly cloudy overnight.
74°F
39°
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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Interestingly, the campground at Donner Memorial State Park lies within close proximity to where the infamous Donner Party spent their fateful storm and snow-ridden winter in 1846. Today the campground and park serve as both a historic memorial commemorating the pioneers that set out on the difficult journey west to California and as a gateway to an area ripe with outdoor recreation opportunities.

The seasonal campground lies near the east shore of scenic Donner Lake and its popular swimming beaches. The campground is set within a lodgepole pine forest around the Ridge Creek and Splitrock loops, and the lake is never more than a short walk away. The main draws of the park include swimming, boating and fishing on the lake, and hiking in the mountains that comprise the Donner Pass area. Small boat rentals are available during summer months.

Open late May through mid-September, the campground is the largest in the Truckee basin region and generally has availability. Leashed dogs are permitted in developed areas of the park.

 

 

 

 

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