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Summer & Fall

Lakes, Reservoirs & Truckee River

Lakes + Reservoirs + Rivers

Truckee is your base camp for summer and fall adventures. Explore and discover an abundance of mountain lakes, streams and reservoirs all around Truckee. Any day at Donner Lake is a good day, a little paradise and many people’s “happy place”. There’s a wealth of fishing opportunities and locations. Whatever your comfort level (or interest in getting that adrenaline flowing) there’s sure to be a water sport that’s guaranteed to fit your vibe and lifestyle.

Lakes + Reservoirs + Rivers:
Donner Lake-West End Beach Park
This Donner Lake beach is popular with families for its roped-off swimming area, snack stand, playground, volleyball nets, and kayak, paddleboat and stand-up paddle board rentals.
15888 S. Shore Dr.
Truckee, CA 96161
Truckee River
The Truckee River is a popular recreation destination, flowing past businesses on E. River Road, through downtown Truckee, and with picnic and recreation access at the Truckee River Regional Park.
Truckee River Regional Park
Truckee, CA 96161
Lake Tahoe
Beautiful Lake Tahoe, America's largest alpine lake, is located 12 miles from Truckee.
Lake Tahoe
Prosser Family Campground
Prosser Campground is located on Prosser Reservoir in the Tahoe National Forest with 23 campsites for tents/RVs (no hookups) among Jeffrey pine and fir trees. It also has two group sites.
Hwy 89
Truckee, CA 96161
Loch Leven Lakes
Hikers who enjoy swimming in alpine lakes are drawn to this scenic hike that leads to four lakes at the end of Donner Summit Trail.

Donner Summit
Truckee, CA 96161
Donner Summit Canyon
The trail in this historic area off of Old Hwy 40 on Donner Summit follows clear creeks and has scenic views directly down to Donner Lake. Only non-motorized vehicles are allowed on the trail.
16395 Donner Pass Rd.
Truckee, CA 96161
Donner Lake-Public Piers
37 public piers on Donner Lake spread out along Donner Pass Rd. on the North Side of the lake. Enjoy some sun rays, have a picnic, and take a dip in the lake from the piers provided by TDRPD.
N. side of Donner Lake
Truckee, CA 96161
Goose Meadows Campground
Goose Meadow Campground is located between the Truckee River and Highway 89, five miles south of Truckee, and not far from Tahoe City. The campground is situated on the banks above the Truckee River.
Hwy 89s between Truckee and Tahoe City
Truckee, CA 96161
Boca Campground
Boca Campground is located on beautiful Boca Reservoir in the Tahoe National Forest, 15 minutes from Truckee, California. Visitors enjoy the area for boating, swimming, fishing and abundant trails.
10811 Stockrest Springs Rd
Truckee, CA 96161
Prosser Creek Reservoir
A popular local recreation spot, four miles from downtown Truckee with single track and dirt roads weaving through the woods and around the reservoir. Camping is available at the north end.
Truckee, CA 96161
Jackson Meadows Reservoir
Jackson Meadow Reservoir north of Truckee offers excellent opportunities for boating, canoeing, water skiing, swimming and fishing. There are also excellent hiking trails nearby on the PCT.
Jackson Meadows Road and Forest Road 7
Donner Memorial State Park
Donner Memorial State Park in Truckee offers the summer vacationer opportunities for camping, picnicking, boating, fishing, water-skiing, and hiking and x-country skiing in winter.
13021 Donner Pass Rd.
Truckee, CA 96161
Lakeside Campground (Prosser Reservoir)
Lakeside Campground is located on the picturesque Prosser Reservoir, in the Tahoe National Forest. It is just 10 minutes from Truckee. Great boating, canoeing, fishing and trails.
10811 Stockrest Springs Rd.
Truckee, CA 96161
Waddle Ranch Preserve
Hikers and nature lovers enjoy this hike through meadows and over creeks that leads to Lake Ella and Martis Creek Lake in Martis Valley. The trailhead is located just off of Hwy 267 before Northstar.
Hwy 267, 3 miles south of Truckee
Truckee, CA 96161
Stampede Reservoir
Stampede Reservoir is a beautiful high Sierra lake, popular for water sports and fishing. The reservoir is situated 15 miles northeast of Truckee.
Truckee, CA 96161
Johnson Canyon
A local's favorite trail for mellow backcountry heads through Johnson Canyon with views of Donner Lake.
Hwy I-80 and Donner Lake exit
Truckee, CA 96161