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Folsom Lake State Recreation Area

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(916) 988-0205

Trailer Lengths

Max Trailer Length: 31 Feet
Max Camper Length: 31 Feet

Driving Directions to Folsom Lake SRA

Folsom Lake State Recreation Area is located in the Sierra-Nevada foothills about 25 miles east of Sacramento, can be reached via either Highway 50 or I-80. Both Folsom Lake and Lake Natoma have many access points and entrances. The administrative offices are located at the base of Folsom Dam at the corner of Folsom-Auburn Road and Dam Road in Folsom, California.
Park Entrances:
The park has multiple entrances most of which are fairly easily accessed by either Interstate 80 to Douglas Blvd.(east), or Highway 50 to Hazel Ave., or Folsom Blvd., (north).
Transportation to the Park:
A variety of transportation methods are available to park visitors at Folsom Lake and Lake Natoma. With its urban setting and the accessibility of the parks entrances, local bus services can be used reach Folsom Lake and Lake Natoma. Private vehicles as well as bicycles, horseback, and foot travel are the most frequently used methods of park entry.

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Camping and Lodging

Online reservations are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reservations can be made 7 months in advance on the first day of the month beginning at 8:00 a.m. PST via the website, by mail, or by calling the toll free telephone number at 1-800-444-7275. Due to seasonal volume, access to the ReserveAmerica website and the telephone line may at times be limited.

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Upcoming Park Events

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Low Water Levels at Folsom Lake SRA Slow Boaters Speed Limit to 5 MPH

California State Parks is imposing a speed limit of 5 miles per hour at Folsom Lake State Recreation Area beginning on Tuesday September 9, 2014 for public safety concerns due to hazards and the low water conditions. Low water levels have also left five of the seven boat ramps dry.

"State Parks wants to make sure our visitors are aware of the increase in underwater hazards as a result of the low water levels this month," said Rich Preston, California State Parks Superintendent. "We urge people to exercise extreme caution while boating on the lake, both for their safety and to prevent damage to their watercraft."

The 5 mph speed limit is necessary because the low water level has brought rocks on the lake bed closer to the surface, placing boats in danger of being scratched or worse in some of the more shallow areas. Currently the only two launch ramps available to boaters are the Hobie Cove ramp located at Browns Ravine in El Dorado County and the Granite Bay Low Water ramp in Placer County.

Rattlesnake Bar, Granite Bay, Folsom Point and Peninsula boat ramps are all out of the water and closed to boat launching.

The day-use and picnic areas at Folsom Lake all remain open however it is a long walk to the water's edge.

Folsom Lake State Recreation Area office is at 7755 Folsom-Auburn Road in Folsom. For more information, call (916) 988-0205.


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Located at the base of the Sierra foothills, the lake and recreation area offers opportunities for hiking, biking, running, camping, picnicking, horseback riding, water-skiing and boating. Fishing offers trout, catfish, big and small mouth bass or perch. Visitors can also see the Folsom Powerhouse (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 32-mile long 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 Hours of Operation

Regular day use hours for Beal’s Point, Folsom Point1, Granite Bay1, Negro Bar1 and Peninsula1 are:

 Winter months – End of Daylight Saving Time, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
 Summer months – Beginning of Daylight Saving Time, 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Regular day use hours for Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park2, Parkshore2, Nimbus Flat1 2, Sacramento State Aquatic Center2, Nimbus Overlook2, Nimbus Shoals2, and Willow Creek1 2 are:

 Winter months – End of Daylight Saving Time, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
 Summer months – Beginning of Daylight Saving Time, 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Regular day use hours for Rattlesnake Bar1, Mormon Island, Salmon Falls Raft Take-out, Skunk Hollow, Darrington Bike Lot and Old Salmon Falls are:

 Winter months – End of Day Light Saving Time, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
 Summer months – Beginning of Daylight Saving Time, 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Regular day use hours apply to all areas except the following:

 a. Campgrounds
 b. Overnight moorings for registered boat campers
 c. Folsom Lake Marina at Brown's Ravine, including day use areas

1 - Units where boat launching is available
2 - Lake Natoma is the body of water associated with these units. Lake Natoma is primarily managed for non-motorized and slow-speed aquatic recreation such as rowing, paddling, etc. There is a 5-mph speed limit enforced on the entire lake.


SPECIAL USE HOURS


Brown's Ravine/Folsom Lake Marina

Winter months - End Daylight Saving Time, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Summer months -Beginning Daylight Saving Time, 6:00 a.m. to 10 p.m.

During low water conditions, when full marina facilities are not usable, the operating
hours may be modified as needed by the marina manager. Such modifications shall be
posted at the entrance.


The following units are closed to vehicles until further notice:
 Parkshore Drive Parking Facility
 Nimbus Shoals

The following units are closed seasonally:
 Peninsula (October 1st to April 1st)

For any and all questions and the most current information, please contact the park at (916) 988-0205

Camping is available at Beals Point year-round and at Peninsula Campground beginning April 1, through the summer (Peninsula Campground closes October 1). Additional information about camping can be found on this website and through Reserve America at (800) 444-7275.

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS - IMPACTS TO RECREATION AND THE PARK

  • Closure of Mormon Island Parking Lot

    There is a construction project currently underway at Mormon Island Auxiliary Dam that is intended to shore up the dam in the event of an earthquake or flooding.  The construction has forced the closure of the Mormon Island Parking Lot until further notice.
  • Blasting Activities - Closure of Small Area of the Lake and Folsom Lake Crossing Bridge

    There is a construction project underway to construct a new auxiliary spillway control structure for the Folsom Dam. Granite Construction, the contractor for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will be closing the Folsom Lake Crossing bridge from Folsom-Auburn Road to East Natoma Street and a portion of Folsom Lake on an as needed basis, Monday through Friday, between 1:15 pm and 2:30 pm.  Both closures are to provide a safety zone for blasting activities necessary for construction. The lake closure will include the shoreline below the construction area on the east side of Folsom Dam and will extend 2000 feet from shore.

For any and all questions and the most current information, please contact the park at (916) 988-0205

Location
Folsom Lake State Recreation Area is located in the Sierra-Nevada foothills about 25 miles east of Sacramento, can be reached via either Highway 50 or I-80. Both Folsom Lake and Lake Natoma have many access points and entrances. The administrative offices are located at the base of Folsom Dam at the corner
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Latitude/Longitude: 38.7075 / -121.1549
 
Park Entrances
The park has multiple entrances most of which are fairly easily accessed by either Interstate 80 to Douglas Blvd.(east), or Highway 50 to Hazel Ave., or Folsom Blvd., (north).

Directions to the Peninsula campground:
80 east Reno
From Hwy 80 take the Elm St. exit out of the city of Auburn, at the 1st light make a left, at your very next light you will make another left that is High St.  High St turns  into Hwy 49 you will travel on Hwy 49 for 10 miles towards the city of Cool. You will enter a small town called Pilot Hill from that small town you will turn right on Rattlesnake Bar Rd. that road will dead end into the campground in 9 miles.

Hwy 50 S.Lake Tahoe
From Hwy 50 you will take the El Dorado Hills Blvd. exit go north on El Dorado hills for about 10 miles (at some point the road changes names to Salmon Falls Rd.) you will enter the small town of Pilot Hill you will make a left on Rattlesnake Bar Rd. which dead ends onto the campground in 9 miles.

Directions to the Beals Point campground:
80 east Reno
From Hwy 80 you will take the Douglas Blvd. exit out of the city of Roseville. Go east on Douglas for about 6 miles make a right on Auburn-Folsom Rd. go about 2 ½ miles until you come to a stop light the sign will say Beals Point and you make a left.

Hwy 50 SLAKE Tahoe
Take the Folsom Blvd. exit go north on Folsom for about 7 miles (the road will change names to Folsom-

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Auburn) you will come to a stop light, the sign will say Beals Point and you make a right.

Transportation to the Park
A variety of transportation methods are available to park visitors at Folsom Lake and Lake Natoma. With its urban setting and the accessibility of the parks entrances, local bus services can be used reach Folsom Lake and Lake Natoma. Private vehicles as well as bicycles, horseback, and foot travel are the most frequently used methods of park entry.

Visit Recommendations

The primary recreation season coincides with the spring and summer months when temperatures are in the 80s, 90s and 100s.

Visitation is highest from April through September. In the spring months when school is still in session, evenings and weekends are the times of highest lake activity.

Climate, Recommended Clothing

Summers at Folsom Lake State Recreation Area are generally hot and dry. Dress lightly for high temperatures but be careful of over exposure to the sun.

Winters can be very cold with lengthy periods of central valley fog conditions. Dress in layers as the damp can bring on a penetrating chill.

Spring and Fall offer warm days and cooler evenings and nights. Dress in layers.

Good walking shoes are a must when exploring any of the park trails. Shoes or sandals are recommended on the lake's beaches and boat ramp areas.


Available Activities and Facilities at Folsom Lake State Recreation Area

BOATING
Boating
Boat Ramps
Boat Rentals
OVERNIGHT FACILITIES
Family Campsites
Group Campsites
RV Sites w/Hookups
RV Dump Station
RV Access
TRAIL USE
Bike Trails
Hiking Trails
Horseback Riding
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Fishing
Beach Area
Swimming
Windsurfing/Surfing
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Food Service
Parking
Restrooms / Showers
Restrooms
Drinking Water Available
Wheelchair Accessible