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can you swim in donner lake

Yes

Is Donner Lake now open?

Now Open with Services and Amenities. Located on the West Shore of Donner Lake, a 12-acre day-use beach with American Red Cross Certified Lifeguards supervising the designated swim area. District Wide Fire Ban set by Truckee Fire Dept.: You may bring in your own personal GAS BBQ’s only or you can reserve a picnic site and use our own charcoal BBQs.

Can I bring my own BBQ to Donner Lake?

Located on the West Shore of Donner Lake, a 12-acre day-use beach with American Red Cross Certified Lifeguards supervising the designated swim area. District Wide Fire Ban set by Truckee Fire Dept.: You may bring in your own personal GAS BBQ’s only or you can reserve a picnic site and use our own charcoal BBQs. Picnic sites are by reservation only.

Where can I rent a kayak on Donner Lake?

Storage racks are located at the West End Beach Park on Donner Lake for Kayaks and other small boats, including one-man outrigger canoes and rowing sculls. You can rent for the season at a discount price, or pay by the calendar month. Must provide your own locks, cables, and signed release.

What to wear when swimming in the water?

Goggles – this should go without saying, but goggles are a must if you’re going to be putting your face in the water and swimming for any length of time. They will protect your eyes from any floating particles as well as from the sun. I recommend goggles with a tinted lens for early morning swims as you will be sighting into the sun periodically.

What is a swim buoy?

Swim Buoy – ok this thing is great for many reasons. It attaches to your waist and bobs along behind you as you swim. It has a dry bag to stash your car keys and even some nutrition for longer swims. It provides great visibility for boaters, etc and is an added level of security in the event you cramp up mid swim and/or need a bit of a rest. There is no noticeable drag, so the pros far outweigh the cons.

What is the purpose of a first foray into the open water?

As a first foray into the open water, this is a great way to get comfortable with the water conditions and your gear (namely your wetsuit) while at the same time, having a sense of security and an absence of the stress of outside elements (boats).

When should I start swimming for a half mile?

For shorter distances (half mile to a mile or so) starting your swim before 7:30 or 8:00am would be fine. If you’re going longer, I’d recommend starting earlier – call it 6:30 or 7:00ish. If you’re considering the big kahuna and going for the circumnavigation, 5:30am is the latest I’d start to finish up before the boat traffic really picks up.

Is Donner Lake safe to swim in?

Early morning swims there offer some of the most quiet and peaceful moments our area has to offer. Start small and stay safe in the water first and foremost, but enjoy every second of it!

Can Donner water cause hypothermia?

Even in July and August exposure to Donner water temperatures for long periods of time can easily result in hypothermia. Keep in mind that even if the water temperature in the shallows is fairly pleasant, the temps will drop quickly as the depth of the water increases.

Is Donner Lake worth it?

With that said, it’s well worth it for the ability to experience Donner Lake in a way most people never have. As I’ve mentioned, Donner is absolutely beautiful both above and below the water. Swimming allows you to really take in the beauty at a pace which is much slower than other modes of travel allow.

When was the first Donner Lake swim?

The first Donner Lake swim was held in 1980, over 40 years ago! There were 72 participants and the race was won by Wendy Pratt of the Davis Aquatic Masters when she was 20. Her time was 58:46.34, the only participant to go under an hour. The event has been held every year since 1980, with the exception of three years.

Where is Donner Lake in Truckee?

LOCATION: Donner Lake, Truckee, CA. Located 35 miles west of Reno, NV and 100 miles east of Sacramento, CA . via Interstate 80. The start is at the east end of the lake by Donner Memorial State Park; the finish is at West End Beach. The course is a straight, point-to-point, 2.7 miles. Expect water temperature 65 – 68 degrees . Altitude is 5933 ft.

Where is Donner Lake?

Donner Lake, set in a magnificent Sierra Nevada Mountains valley, is an iconic mountain lake with numerous recreational opportunities. You won’t find a more beautiful place to compete.

Q: Where do I park?

A: You can park 1) at West End Beach parking lot located at the finish end.

Q: With the start in one location (east end) and the finish in another (west end), what do I do with my belongings?

A: After you register, go directly to the body & bag marking area. There you will be given a bag with your race number on it. Place your belongings in the bag and bring your bag to the designated ‘competitor bag’ area on the beach; we’ll take it to the finish for you.

Q: Can I do the Donner Lake Swim unofficially?

A: NO. Under no circumstances is an ‘unofficial’ swim appropriate, allowed, or advised. For your safety and the safety of all the competitors, only registered swimmers are permitted to participate in the Donner Lake Swim.

Q: Can I wear a wetsuit?

A: Category I and II suits allowed. More information on the categories can be found at https://www.pacificmasters.org/content/swimwear-open-water . We encourage all participants and prospective participants to consider the challenging nature of the Donner Lake Swim: 2.7 miles, with water temperatures varying from 65-68°, at 5,933 ft.

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