The Folsom Lake State Recreation Area surrounds Folsom Lake in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, and is managed by the California Department of Parks and Recreation. It is located near the city of Folsom, California, about 25mi east of Sacramento.Add Folsom Lake State Recreation Area and other attractions to your Folsom trip itinerary using our Folsom trip planning site .
The 19564acre park was established in 1956 after the creation of the Folsom Dam. Folsom Lake is the ninth largest reservoir in California and a major recreational asset for the Sacramento area. It consists of two reservoirs: Folsom and Natoma. About 2 million people visit the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area every year. Generally, Folsom Lake State Recreation Area experiences hot summers and mild winters. Campgrounds in the area consist of the Peninsula Campground, Beals Point Campground, Negro Bar, and Avery’s Pond.
The lake and recreation area offer opportunities for hiking, biking, running, camping, picnicking, horseback riding, water-skiing and boating. Fishing offers trout, catfish, largemouth and smallmouth bass or yellow perch. Visitors can also tour nearby Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park (once called "the greatest operative electrical plant on the American continent"), which from 1885 to 1952 produced 11,000 volts of electricity for Sacramento residents. For cyclists there is a 32mi bicycle path that connects Folsom Lake with many Sacramento County parks before reaching Old Sacramento. The park also includes Lake Natoma, downstream from Folsom Lake, which is popular for crew races, sailing, kayaking and other aquatic sports.
Folsom Lake State Recreation Area Reviews
So much to explore all along the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area. We love the picnic tables at Lake Natoma. more »
We had so much fun camping here. It has great scenery, bathrooms with showers. It's a good place to bring your kids. The camp site is very spacious and can probably house up to 3 to 4 large tents. The lake is less than 1/4 mile away. You can walk over there comfortably. It's a big beautiful Lake where you can swim and fish. There's a Beach area and also there are lifeguards on duty. There's a picnic area with nice green grass and tables and grills for barbecuing. The restrooms are close by. Very convenient and it's popping most everyday!
I am 1 mile from rattle snake bar boat launch so it makes it really easy to go get a ski run in before starting the day. The water is perfect this year. Not to cold but the best part, it's not warm water. Usually is this time of year and it's so low you cannot launch at rattlesnake bar. So enjoy it while we can. I know we are still and won't put the boat away til Oct this year.
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