7/18/17 update, Lakefront cabin with your own dock on quiet Donner Lake! Unforgettable days, beautiful nights. Many Donner properties use small crowded public docks, ours is private, large, boat friendly, carpeted and comfy with a swim ladder! Come here to relax, fish, and enjoy one of California's pristine Sierra lakes. Close to hiking, biking, water and 15 minutes to town. Creek on property, enjoy creek side waterfall sounds. Lake temperature is great for swimming right now.
Events and parties are permitted, we would just like to talk to you first! Please contact us if you are planning an event!
You are welcome to tie up a boat to the dock. The best way to tie up a boat to the dock is along the left edge with the bow facing the lake. Boats docked the other direction have had waves wash over the stern.
Using 14156 South Shore Drive
Parking and Entrance
Bring a flashlight for every guest they will need it to get around the property. You are welcome to use one or both of the parking spaces across the access road. Do not block either the road or our neighbors’ driveways or use their parking areas. If you have a trailer or extra vehicle park it up on the main road. Stair path on the left leads to your sliding door entrance on lower level.
Traveler Responsible To Inform and Monitor All Guests
The Traveler renting the premises represents himself/herself as agent for all parties occupying Premises dock and water during the period of occupancy by Traveler and will convey all necessary details and house rules to their accompanying party or guests. Assumption of Risk - Release of Liability & Indemnification Agreement:
You are responsible for the safety of yourself, your children (if any), and all guests in your party. Traveler acknowledges that the safety of all adults and children depends on the Traveler.
Don’t leave any trash or recycling outside unattended. Use the blue plastic bags for recycling paper, cans, plastic, and glass. Please take any trash or recycling bags up to the brown bear-proof garbage enclosure (labeled 14156) up on the road. There is a temporary bear bin near the house if the upper bin is full, the lower bin is not picked up and trash must be moved to the top by the end of your stay or taken with you. Please consolidate garbage into as few large bags as possible. Recycle can be left in small bags.
The raccoons, bears, chipmunks and squirrels here are hungry, clever, and determined. Do not feed them. Do not leave food in your car or boat. Do not leave fish, bait, food or garbage at the dock or outside for even a minute. Don’t leave the sliding glass door open. (Seriously, bears and raccoons have come in and helped themselves to the contents of this refrigerator. Bears have entered neighbors’ houses repeatedly.)
Feel free to set the thermostat to a comfortable temperature. When you leave, please set it back to 45 degrees and press the Hold button. Make sure you see the word “HOLD” on the display.
There is a wood burning fireplace behind an electric one with a faux flame and optional electric heat functions. The control panel is on the bottom behind a fold down door. To use the wood fireplace carefully (lift with 2 people do not slide) move the electric unit to the side. You must supply your own wood and open the damper. Clean (ashes must be wet before disposing) the fireplace and close the damper and replace the electric unit at the end of your stay.
Oven, the housekeeper does not clean the oven. If you make a mess please remove the racks and follow the directions on the oven for self cleaning, set the timer for about 3 hours.
To light BBQ, turn the front knob first, then press the ignition button.
When you’ve finished cooking on the BBQ, turn all three burners on and leave them on for 20 minutes to clean the grill. Replace the foil lining in the drip pan under the BBQ EVERY time you use it. If you don’t, a bear will tear the BBQ apart even if you’re home. (If you’re pressed for time, you can simply bring the foil-lined pan inside the apartment.)
No smoking or pets anywhere on property.
Please use the washer & dryer (and laundry soap) in the furnace room at your convenience.
Please let us know if something breaks, do not try to hide it, that will inconvenience the next guest. We rarely charge for minor damages and prefer to fix items as soon as possible to provide a quality experience for each guest.
The WiFi is “3BAO-5G” the password is “southshore”. There is a yellow Ethernet cable in the TV cabinet.
Water, Dock, and Boats
It is the Traveler's responsibility to learn about safety precautions, danger of various water conditions and safety procedures concerning swimming in or being around the dock and water. Traveler agrees to have a responsible adult (capable of swimming) supervising minors while they are in or near the water or on the dock at all times. Traveler is hereby notified that the dock and water can be dangerous and Traveler fully accepts the risks involved. Traveler and all individuals in Traveler's party including guests and invitees agree they swim and use the dock and water completely at their own risk.
Danger! Do not swim near the dock supports or under the dock. A wave could knock you into it and leave you unconscious. There are sharp objects and splinters on the structure below the dock deck.
CHILD SAFETY - Never leave a child unsupervised near the water not even for a second. Children must be watched closely while swimming. Do not use floatation devices as a substitute for supervision. Toys can entice young children into the water. When not in use, clear the area of all toys. The dock and water are not fenced or gated and there is no alarm on any door to the area. Your attentive supervision is absolutely required to avoid risk of serious injury and/or death.
There is NO LIFEGUARD on duty at any time.
There is absolutely NO diving allowed. (Diving can cause serious injury, paralysis or even death.)
Do not get between or under boats, water toys, or ropes near the dock, you could be trapped and crushed or drowned. Never use any part of your body to prevent a boat from hitting the dock. Stay clear of ropes securing items to dock.
Do not use supplied lifesaving equipment for anything but emergency use.
We highly recommend that children under 14 and non-swimming adults wear life jackets when on the dock.
Life vests on the premises are for safety purposes on and around the dock for non swimmers and children. Please do not use them for water sports, floating or swimming, you can purchase a personal floatation device in town for those purposes. In the event a jacket gets wet please air dry it before storing.
Do not touch the jet ski (PWC) or the lift mechanism. Stay off the lift. If you have a jet ski (PWC) tie it to the dock. Do not swim near or under the lift.
The slip on the right is for the upper unit, and is tricky to navigate, and tie up. Tie your boat up on the long left hand side with the bow pointed toward the lake with enough slack to allow the boat to rise or fall 4 feet (tie your lines to the dock at a 20 degree angle to boat about 6 feet away from the boat’s cleat). If you leave the stern toward the lake or lines too tight your boat may sink from waves coming in or, break a line or tear a cleat off.
Please stay on the flat carpeted dock. Stay off the floating dock and the slanted carpeted small boat rack on the right (this is not for boats over 100 pounds), it moves with the waves and you could get hurt. Do not try and put a jet ski or power boat on this, it will break Do not move or re-tie any vessel (other than your own) at the dock except in case of emergency. If you must, please call us first.
No access is permitted to the stairs from the lower deck to the dock if snow is present.
Heavy winds come up everyday. Do not leave anything lying on the dock. It will blow away. Please put rocks back on white plastic chairs when you’re not using them.
We’ve had the best luck catching fish off the dock with Powerbait and a sliding sinker.
If you have any questions, concerns or comments please let one of us know. Evan Maynard (
We hope you enjoy your stay Mark Maynard (
I am an aerospace engineer living in Seattle and I manage my dad's rental property in Donner Lake, California near Lake Tahoe.
We are friendly, quiet residents who enjoy boating and fishing from the dock but don't have the opportunity to visit as much as we used to. Our family has spent time in the area and at this location for the past 30 years and know the area very well and love to offer suggestions about places to go and things to do. There are plenty of hikes and bike trails within walking distance of the house and many other activities within a short drive, we love to give suggestions!
We do have our own private quarters in the house (the upper unit) with a separate entrance and separate path to the dock. We understand it is your vacation and are quiet but available if you need any help and we are there.