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Donner Memorial State Park is located on Donner Lake in the Sierra-Nevada. Closed when not on reservations. mountain range. The park contains the Emigrant Trail Museum, with exhibits recounting the tragic story of the ill-fated Donner Party trapped in the are during the severe winter of 1846-47. The museum also features displays on the region's history and natural environment. Donner Memorial State Park's 3 acres feature a swimming area, picnic sites, and cross-country skiing trails in winter.

Check the State Parks website for additional information on the weather, suggested day hikes, or to see the park brochure, campground map, park photos, video, and more. Information available will vary from park to park.Click here

Park Kiosk Hours:

  • Hi Season: 8am-11pm
  • Lo Season: Closed

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • ADA Access
  • Boating
  • Comfort Station
  • Fire Rings
  • Fishing
  • Hiking Trails
  • Iron Ranger
  • Nature Trails
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restrooms
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Visitors Center
Alerts and Important Information

D.L. Bliss, Donner Memorial, Emerald Bay, Sugar Pine Point and Tahoe SRA are OPEN during the winter for hiking and snowshoeing, but these parks are CLOSED to camping beginning mid-September (varies by park).

Discount Pass must be presented at the time of check in.

Your DMV Disabled Placard/License Plate does not automatically give you a discount on your campsite. You will need to obtain a CA State park-issued Disabled Discount Pass (DDP) or Distinguished Veterans Pass (DVP).

This park is site specific, you will select your site at the time you make your reservation.

WARNING: Metal bear resistant food lockers are provided in each campsite. All food, beverages, and toiletries are required by law to be stored in provided food lockers. The inside dimensions of the food lockers are 36" deep, 43" wide, and 22" high. Violators will be cited. Camp at your own risk! By choosing to enter or camp at Donner Memorial SP you assume the risk of personal injury or property damaged caused by bears.

  • Fees include entry for 1 vehicle and 1 legally towed vehicle or trailer, additional vehicles will be charged per night at the park.
  • This park is above 6,200-ft elevation. Campsite availability is subject to unpredictable and adverse weather conditions including snow closures, which may result in cancelled reservations. Campers are strongly advised to bring appropriate clothing and camping gear for cold weather conditions.
  • Ridge Campground:

  • Reservations available May 21-Aug 31, 2014
  • 1st1st Sep 1-Oct 12, 2014
  • Closed when not on reservations or 1st1st
  • Creek Campground:
  • Reservations available Jun 13-Aug 31, 2014
  • 1st 1st from Sep 1-Sep 6, 2014
  • Closed when not on reservations or 1st 1st
  • Splitrock:
  • Reservations available Jun 20-Aug 31, 2014
  • Closed when not on reservations
  • Getting There:

    The park is west of Truckee off I-80.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    TRUCKEE CA 96161

    Phone Number:

    Information: (530)582-7894