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Walt Kreuger
Walt Kreuger, the original founder of DLS


The original Donner Lake Safari was the brainchild of J. Walter Kreuger, a Truckee resident in the 1960s and 70s. Walt imagined introducing visitors and residents alike to the hidden wonders of the Donner Lake region. DLS operated for only four short summers, ending with the tragic death of Walt in a freak snowshoeing accident. More than thirty years later, in the summer of 2011, we revived DLS and even expanded on Walt's concept with a selection of enticing winter tours. Come on a safari and let us introduce you to a side of Tahoe you've never seen before!

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Guides Training in Alaska
DLS staff training in Alaska

location and contact

Although we strive to expose our guides to adventure worldwide, the home and heart of DLS is located at the east end of scenic Donner Lake, in Truckee, CA. We are directly below the crest of the Sierras, about 15 miles north of Lake Tahoe. Our physical address is 13710 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA 96161. Reach us by phone at (530) 580-TOUR or email at