The Truckee-Donner area lies within the boundaries of the Tahoe National Forest and encompasses a region of some 300 square miles. Truckee is 35 miles west of Reno, 100 miles east of Sacramento and 14 miles north of Lake Tahoe. Two highways, State Route 89 and State Route 267, serve the north shore communities of Lake Tahoe.
Lake Van Norden, Serene Lakes and the Castle Peak wilderness offer excellent opportunities for fishing, swimming, hiking, backpacking, horseback riding and mountain biking. Four alpine ski areas and one Nordic ski area are located within a five-mile radius. Three miles west of Truckee, Donner Lake is three miles long and 3/4 mile wide. The lake is up to several hundred feet deep in spots. It has a public boat-launching ramp at the west end of the lake. The Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District maintains a beach/park at the west end with swimming, picnicking, barbecue and boating areas.
Located on the eastern end of Donner Lake, the Donner Memorial State Park encompasses 353 acres, has 154 campsites and 50 picnic sites. Points of interest in the park include: Emigrant Trail Museum, the Pioneer Memorial—a massive bronze monument that commemorates the pioneers and the Donner Party's Murphy cabin site. Located three miles north of Truckee on Highway 89 North is the Alder Creek Picnic Area and its historic walking trail through the area that was one of the camp sites of the Donner Party.
Downtown Truckee includes several historic buildings including the Veterans Memorial Building, a large quonset building on High Street. It was built on the site of the C.F. McGlashan mansion. The famous Rocking Stone is adjacent to the building, inside a gazebo-style enclosure. The historic Truckee jail, in use until 1964, can be seen on the corner of Jibboom and Spring streets.
There are three public courses in the immediate Truckee area: Northstar (18-hole), Tahoe/Donner (18-hole) and Ponderosa (9-hole). All offer early and late season specials, clubhouses, cart rentals and pro shops.
Located a short distance east of Truckee are the Prosser, Boca and Stampede Reservoirs. These lakes have designated campgrounds maintained by the Forest Service for summer use. Stay is limited to 14 days. Water skiing permitted at Boca and Stampede only. There are boat ramps at all reservoirs.
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