Donner Summit/ Serene Lakes: Perched atop the Donner Summit are the Serene Lakes and Soda Springs communities. Truly a sports enthusiasts dream location –near many ski areas including Sugar Bowl, Boreal, Donner Ski Ranch, and the world famous Royal Gorge cross country grounds. Many of the Serene Lakes and Soda Springs properties offer views, privacy, and lots of snow! This area is a perfect refuge from the busy world below, and truly encompasses the “old Tahoe” feel.
Serene Lakes is part of the North Tahoe area that is located in the northern Sierra Nevada mountain range in California, quietly nestled in the heart of Donner Summit. It is approximately one mile south of the town of Soda Springs and Interstate Highway 80. Access to the area is a two lane paved road that is maintained by Placer County. The County, including snow removal, on a year-round basis maintains all paved roads within the Serene Lakes development. Serene Lakes consists of approximately 2,400 acres. There are approximately 1000 residential lots in the development with 700 private homes built. Most homes are “second” (vacation) homes; though several are year-round residences. The Serene Lakes themselves form the focal point of the development. They are spring fed Lakes of about 50 acres each, and are joined by an isthmus. The surrounding forested region has many lakes, streams, meadows, trails, paths, campgrounds, all season resorts, and recreational activities. Serene Lakes is commonly known as the “Sierra’s best kept secret,” because of it’s natural resources and unique extremely quiet location.