6 Best Vrbo Vacation Rentals Near Donner Lake, California - Updated 2023

Swadeep Singh
Swadeep Singh 
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Just a few miles west of the town of Truckee, Donner is a small-sized lake on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Besides the lake, the closest attractions of this region are Donner Peak, Donner Lake State Park, and Tahoe National Forest. Because it’s situated near the borders of the following two states, it’s among the favorite vacation destination for the people of California and Nevada. But the accommodation options are limited here, you either have lodges or cabins. The lodges are usually cheaper, but if someone would like to have the true Sierra experience, they should always go for private rentals. After searching many options, we have taken out some best Vrbo accommodations near Donner Lake, California. They are affordable and brilliantly situated. Please continue this read, if you’re interested in them.

1. Treehouse with a gaming console (from USD 259)

This vacation home is surrounded by high trees, and they call it ‘The Treehouse’. The lodging area is on the upper level and the long deck before the door would present you the true treehouse feeling. The living area is well lit, thanks to the tall windows. You would see an inexpensive metal fireplace and ordinary coaches, but that’s okay because this cottage has the lowest rental tag, and can lodge eight guests. Besides, you get cable television, internet, VCR, DVD, and an Xbox console, though you’re required to come up with the gaming titles. The outdoor has a gas grill which is perfect for small picnics. It’s located near the eastern side of the lake, and the beach is walking distance.

34 reviews   Wifi Available
House 8 Guests 4 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 8
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.

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find the cabin to be both comfortable and relaxing
however if the owners could replace the beds All of the beds are very worn and uncomfortable
kitchen well appointed beds are very comfortable
The porch is a great place to cookout or eat on with plenty of room
and it was just outside the doors of the bedrooms
and it was so clean
The house felt spacious and bright
The house was clean and organized
The house was as described and photographed - spacious clean
They carried tri-tip ground beef
all the experience was fantastic and we all drove off feeling very happy and relaxed
This is a great house Very well maintained and decorated/furnished with great taste
We packed books and games for the kids
The owner was very helpful and attentive I would recommend this property
The house and location were perfect
It's a great location just a block away from Donner Lake to enjoy all of the summer lake activities
Beautiful property with lots of space
We had a great stay in the Truckee area and loved the public access to Donner Lake just a short walk from the home
It was the prefect get away to kick off our summer together Kids played on the beach at West End Donner Lake's public beach just 10 minutes away
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2. Chalet on the lake with free canoe (from USD 350)

This time we are on the south side or the lake, and this is the best-looking location in our opinion. It’s a cedar wood chalet surrounded by giant trees, but most importantly it’s built just by the lake. As you step out of the back door, you would have your private deck. The host also provides a canoe boat, so fishing and water activities will be handy for you. Inside the cabin, you would have television, internet, DVD and stereo system, plus a barbecue is provided outside for your picnics. This peaceful rental unit is ranked good for a family stay, and considering the lodging capacity, the tariff also seems quite reasonable here.

41 reviews   Wifi Available
cabin 8 Guests 4 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 8
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.

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The fishing was excellent right off the pier
The kitchen was well stocked with any appliance one might need
The view of the lake and use of the private dock makes this an extra special property
There were a couple small issues with Head bumps on the stairs leading down to the lower bedrooms but just be careful
the aspen trees are turning and the crisp air makes for easy hiking
It felt like home Very clean and
Great host and great space
The owners were very fast at replying to all questions and answered their phone promptly when we had some questions while at the cabin
I had a question about arriving early or staying later than the check out times and messaged Susan and Bob prior to our stay
The Deck was super for an outdoor lunch and morning coffee
We kayaked fished and explored the historic railroad tunnel Old Number 6
Extremely convenient yet secluded Too many amenities to list here
The views are amazing at this lakefront property Loved watching the geese and ducks and
The location of this cabin couldn't be more perfect - walk out the back door
The place is very comfortable spacious and clean with a well-stocked kitchen Conveniently located and you can get to the restaurants in Truckee within 15 minutes
Very nice and beautiful cabin by the Donner Lake
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3. Cedarwood lodge with private pier (from USD 507)

Just some meters to the east of the street, this is another lakefront rental with private pier on shallow waters. The chalet is slightly bigger, can accommodate four extra people than the previous option at the same cost, but this may not be as peaceful as the former. You will get a covered deck patio overlooking the lake and the mountains, and some loungers on the dock. The cabin is scenic as it’s all wooden, the exteriors, interiors, bathroom, and even the beds are made of cedar. If something is not wooden here, it’s the marble countertops of the kitchen. For the entertainment purpose, you will get a television, DVD, and the internet.

31 reviews   Wifi Available
House 10 Guests 3 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 10
Minimum Nights: 0
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 31 days before check-in.

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The kitchen living room
and it was comfortable for everyone
Somewhat surprised at the buckets of snow that fell as I thought I would be sitting down at the lake having a beer in the sun
much time was spent out on the deck and down on the dock
The kitchen was stocked with all the essentials
The place was impeccably clean and furnished
Cabin is clean and overall in good shape with well-stocked kitchenware
Holly answered every question and email quickly
It was a wonderful trip Holly was extremely responsive and made our stay very enjoyable
My husband and I spent all nights hanging on the deck with our daughters and watching the stars
Also the property manager Holly was great to work with and very responsive to any needs we had
so the property was safe for kids
feel The views from both decks are incredible
The stairs will definitely keep you in shape but the location and views are unbeatable
and we traveled back and forth between Reno and the cabin easily (45 minutes)
The cabin looked newly remodeled and beautiful
Donner Lake is beautiful and much less crowded than the Tahoe area
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4. Inexpensive cottage supplied with many bicycles (from USD 240)

Speaking arithmetically, this is the most economical rental on our list when we divide the total tariff to the total vacationer count. This cottage gives direct access to the Donner Lake, and the front decks of it present the most scenic views of the area. The living area is combined with the dining, and you would see a fireplace next to the sofa. The kitchen is well equipped, and baby high-chairs are also provided. For the pastime, you will have television, internet, DVD, stereo, and some games. However, it is the outdoors which is interesting in this area, thus some bicycles are supplied in the garage for the guests.

Truckee, California, United States
cabin 8 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

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The decor is comfy cozy
The beds are very comfy along with the bedding
so we could sleep with the windows open
Beautiful view of the lake
It is a rustic cabin with modern amenities
The cabin was very clean and well maintained
The hot water and showers were amazing
It was clean beautiful and comfortable with awesome views
The showers were very good
we kept our inflatables and kayaks in the car
Well taken care of and nicely decorated
The owners are very responsive and let us check in early Hope to be back soon
Family friendly and the best spot for family vacation
There was plenty of room for our family and having the fire wood handy was great
They are quick at responding and always has the house stocked with basic items
and you're at Public Pier 27
The house location is amazing along with great neighbors
There is a busy street in front between the house and lake
My two best friends from high school and
While the views are by far the best feature of this cabin
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5. Spacious condo next to the lake (from USD 369)

Our final proposal is neither a chalet nor a cabin, it’s a condo by the lake. This recently remodeled house is one of the few properties of the area which can deliver a full 180-degree unobstructed Donner Lake views. It’s best to rent a boat as well from the marina if someone books this property, as it comes with a private mooring spot. Coming to the inside of the house, you would notice rustic wood furniture and river rock frame metal fireplace. Never miss your favorite shows as televisions are multiple here, besides you also have internet access and a Blu-ray DVD player with a video library. If you’re into reading, there is a big-size bookshelf. The lodging is limited to just six people, thus stay is very comfortable.

50 reviews   Wifi Available
condo 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6
Minimum Nights: 0
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 31 days before check-in.

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The bathroom upstairs is shared and could use some updating
The boat slip that is designated for the rental
From the soaking tub to the gournet kitchen to being right on the lake
The stairs could be treacherous
Very comfortable Great view
Kitchen clean and well equipped
The setting was lovely and the area was very quiet (we were there in early Oct )
The beds were extremely comfortable and even after we left our family commented how comfortable the beds were
Everything was in working order
We have rented homes up the hill
there was no central heating control that we could see Tons of books games and movies for the entire family
(we rented a boat wave runner and paddle boards while there)
when I spoke with Holly she offered to bring one over
We thoroughly relaxed and would love to visit again
We were able to get ice right across the street at a small general store
and we had plenty of space to spread out Very convenient to get to Truckee shopping/restaurants
The shared BBQ area was not a problem and a great way to meet people
The plus side of not having in internet connection is that we got to watch a few movies from the collection of DVD's that the owner had
The launch is literally 3 houses down from the location of this rental
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6. High capacity lodging next to the lake

Planning a family reunion or coming with a larger group? there cannot be a cheaper alternative than this cottage. This three-story cottage can comfortably lodge up to 14 guests, plus multiple cars can also be parked here, many thanks for the spacious garage. Some notable amenities of this cottage are multiple fireplaces, multiple upper decks, extra long bunk-beds, and barbecue. For the entertainment part, you will see a 40-inch LED television incorporated with DVD, CD and cable network. To keep children happy, some beach toys and card/board games are also available. This rental unit is just a one-minute walk from the lake.

75 reviews   Wifi Available
House 14 Guests 4 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 14
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.

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There is plenty of room beds were comfy and the view from the deck amazing
Two living rooms on two different floors allowed our four families to have the kids play downstairs while the adults played cards at the large dining room table
It came with all the aminities to cook and bbq
Location was great walkable to the lake
it has all of the supplies in terms of kitchen/bathroom necessities
The house was clean and spacious
House was clean with lots of room
The cabin is clean and the Tice's are easy to work with
Very well maintained and spacious house
Really nice and clean house
so we arrived to an already full garbage can
Maybe in the future the cleaning service can help by taking some of that to the dump before weekend renters arrive?
Thank you Tice family for renting out your beautiful home for our weekend getaway
The Owners made themselves easily available by telephone and were most gracious
Very responsive owners Would definitely stay again
the house is located just one block from Donner Lake
House is conveniently located next to Sugarbawl and Sqaw Valley
We loved the View of the Lake and it is only 3 mins walk to it from the house
It is a quick walk but not 100% safe for kids since you have to cross a main road to get to the water
The neighbors were not very friendly
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Don't miss out the location

You have another gorgeous lake in the vicinity, which is remarkably greater in size than Donner. It’s Lake Tahoe, which is only a few miles south of our proposed Vrbo accommodations. It’s also picturesque, and we urge you to visit Tahoe too while you’re still in the Donner region.

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Nicknamed Bobby, Swadeep Singh is a businessman since 2013, but he has forever been a writer. Traveling places never makes him exhausted, that is why he never say no to any travel plan. If he’s not...Read more

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