Did you know: Truckee Rec owns 35 public access piers on Donner Lake? | SierraSun.com

Did you know: Truckee Rec owns 35 public access piers on Donner Lake?

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun

Emma Garrard/Sierra Sun file photoTwo men relax on one of Donner Lake's 35 public-access piers that the Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District purchased from private owners.

Donner Lake’s extensive public access is in part thanks to many of the lake’s property owners.

Along with the West End Beach and the public boat launch, the Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District owns a total of 35 public access piers scattered along roughly 1.5 miles of the north shore.

Originally built by homeowners across Donner Pass Road, 30 of the piers between the boat ramp and the private piers across from Donner Pines Market were purchased by the district in the late 1970s, said General Manager Steve Randall of the Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District.

Another five, between those private piers and the Tahoe Donner access on Donner Lake’s eastern end, were acquired from the state, Randall said.

Now the Recreation and Park District maintains the piers, with a $30,000 annual budget dedicated to inspecting and repairing the public access points.