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Donner Memorial RV & Campground Guide

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Located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Donner Memorial State Park is the site where the members of the Donner Party were trapped in late 1846. Today, the state park overlooks Donner Lake and Donner Creek with scenic trails, beaches, and a museum that exhibits artifacts from the 19th century related to the events. 

Visitors also enjoy seeing some of the nearby sites such as Lake Tahoe, and the mountainous terrain offers a wide range of wildlife to experience. Throughout the year, the park hosts nature hikes, Junior Ranger programs, and campfire programs that are geared toward visitors of varying ages. 

The mountainous area offers a mild summer, and the area receives a large amount of snow in winter months. The nearby city of Truckee, California, has various restaurants and shops to visit after exploring the park, and Reno, Nevada, is under 30 miles away.

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Weather
Spring 22-64 F
Summer 37-83 F
Fall 22-75 F
Winter 16-44 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Donner Memorial

You can find tent and RV camping right inside Donner Memorial State Park and in the surrounding area. The chilly nights at Donner Memorial wouldn't be an issue with an RV, and if you don't own one, renting one from RVshare is quick and convenient with insurance, roadside assistance, and other amenities included right in the price. 

Donner Memorial State Park Campground

Donner Memorial State Park Campground is located within the state park. You can choose between the Creek, Ridge, and Splitrock campsites within the park, and you'll be close to Donner Lake. Rates for RVs up to 28 feet start at $35 per night. 

  • Water hookup: No, but tap water is available nearby.

  • Electric hookup: No 

  • Sewer hookup: No

  • Wi-Fi: No

  • Pet-friendly: Pets allowed but must be on a leash when outside. 

  • Other amenities: Dump station is available off-site at Chevron Station. Picnic table and food locker at each site. The restrooms also have hot showers on site.

Truckee River RV Park

Truckee River RV Park is located right on the Truckee River and offers a central location to visit many of the local state parks and ski resorts in the area. It's located just 6 miles away from Truckee and offers whitewater rafting and fishing right at the RV park. Reservations start at $55 a night for 30 amp and $60 a night for 50 amp. At the time of reservation, there will be a $25 deposit to hold your spot. 

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electric hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: Up to two pets allowed

  • Other amenities: Dump station on site along with a general store, shower, laundry, gas station, propane and deli

Coachland RV Park

Coachland RV Park is typically open year-round and is located just north of I-80 and to the east of Truckee. All of Coachland's sites are pull-through and offer a wooded area for guests. Rates start at $65 per night for up to two guests with an extra $5 per night per guest over 16 years old. 

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electric hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: Yes, and digital cable TV is also included.

  • Pet-friendly: Yes, there is also a 1-acre off-leash dog park on-site for dogs 25 pounds or less.

  • Other amenities: Laundry facilities, picnic area, playground, clubhouse, RV washing area, propane filling station and fish cleaning station

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What to Do at
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Inside Donner Memorial

Donner Memorial State Park is nestled among a pine forest right in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and this alpine landscape offers a range of historical and recreational activities for all seasons. You can rent equipment such as paddleboards and kayaks at the concession stand during the summer to use on Donner Lake, which is also stocked with trout throughout the year for fishing. The west side of the lake is a roped-off swimming area complete with a beach and picnic area, and additional swimming areas are located at other parts of the lake. Hiking along the Lakeside Interpretive Trail, you'll find exhibits that show the history of the area. Visitors can also enjoy the Emigrant Trail Museum and Pioneer Monument that has information about the natural history of the area, local Native American cultures, and the Donner party.

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How to Get to
Donner Memorial

Donner Memorial State Park is located west of the downtown area of Truckee, California. Interstate 80 is nearby and connects to Reno, Nevada, and Sacramento, California. You're only 25 miles from Reno and around 100 miles from Sacramento via I-80. 

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Entering Donner Memorial

The park is open sunrise to sunset, and daily parking fees are assessed at $10 per vehicle during the season ranging from May 1 to Sept. 30. From Oct. 1 to April 30, the daily rate is lowered to $5 per vehicle. You can also purchase an annual pass for $195 that covers day-use fees in various state parks in California. 

Donner Memorial Per vehicle : $10.0

Peak season

Donner Memorial Per vehicle : $5.0

Off-season

We're excited for your upcoming trip to Donner Memorial State Park. The relaxing atmosphere of the area along with its historical significance will make for a memorable stay. Whether you're unpacking your bags back home or want to share during your trip, you can send your photos to us at memor[email protected]. We may even feature your adventure on a future RVshare blog. We hope that you enjoy your trip!

Frequently Asked Questions About Donner Memorial

What is the best time of year to visit Donner Memorial?

Summer is the best month to visit the Donner Memorial State Park. At this time of the year, the temperatures fluctuate between 40 as a low (typically during nighttime hours) and a daytime average high of 75.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Donner Memorial?

Multiple examples of wildlife may be seen at the Donner Memorial. These include a Western Toad, a Sierran Tree Frog, the Common Sagebrush Lizard, and the Southern Alligator Lizard.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Donner Memorial?

There are 154 campground spots available at Donner Memorial, and these are outfitted with picnic tables. However, there are no designated RV camping spots at the Donner Memorial State Park. However, the park claims that most campsites do accommodate RVs.

Do you have to reserve a camping spot at Donner Memorial and what is the cost?

Yes, campers must make reservations, and one may visit the state park's website to do so. Camping is open for the public beginning in May, and the park remains open for camping through October, as long as the weather cooperates. Reservations late in the season are on a first come, first served basis. Reservations may be made as shortly as two days before the anticipated arrival date. There is a fee of $35 per night.

Are pets allowed at Donner Memorial?

Dogs are allowed at certain areas of the park, as long as they are on a leash of six feet or fewer. Dogs are allowed in most areas of the park with the exception of China Cove Beach. However, dogs are welcome on most trails. Pet parents may take dogs on the shore of Donner Lake. Dogs are also welcome on the Lakeside Interpretive Trail and the Zig Zag trail.