Contact Number

  • (916) 988-0205

Park Accessibility Information

Park Hours

  • Visitor Center
    Wed.
    Noon to 4:00pm
     
    Thurs. - Sun.
    9:00am - 6:00pm
     
    Main Powerhouse
    Wed. - Fri.
    Noon to 4:00pm
     
    Sat. and Sun.
    9:00am - 4:00pm

Park Activities

Yes
Dogs not allowed in buildings.
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Fishing
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Museums

Park Facilities

Parking
Restrooms

Brochures

Park Directions

Get directions through Google Maps

The recreation area, located near the town of Folsom, can be reached via either Highway 50 or I-80.

The Folsom Powerhouse is part of a colorful chapter of Sacramento history and is also an example of the tremendous advance in the commercial application of electricity. H.P. Livermore realized that the water of the American River could turn generators for electricity in Sacramento, 22 miles downstream. With his partners, Livermore built the powerhouse, which still looks much as it did in 1895.

The opening of the powerhouse brought with it a "grand electric carnival" parade through downtown Sacramento and a 100-gun salute from a detachment of soldiers near the substation. Vintage generators are still in place at the powerhouse, as is the control switchboard, faced with Tennessee marble.

Visitors touring the powerhouse can see the massive General Electric transformers, each capable of conducting from 800 to 11,000 volts of electricity, in addition to the forebays and canal system that brought the water from the dam.

Location-Directions
The recreation area, located next to the Historic Folsom District, can be reached via either Highway 50 or I-80 off of Greenback Lane.
 

Seasons/Climate/Recommended Clothing
Summer and spring are warm to hot; fall and winter can be cool.  Layered clothing is advised.

Group and School Tours

Available by special arrangement.  Please complete the following Google Form at least 2 weeks in advance of desired tour date: https://forms.gle/mdyM3YpKLPkNmL5K8.
 
Our team will be in touch with you within a few days after completing the form.  Requests made on Sunday - Tuesdays may not get a response until Thursday.

Other Interpretive Programming

Folsom Lake SRA and Folsom Powerhouse SHP have many guided events every month!
 
Events are posted regularly on our Facebook page @Folsom Lake State Recreation Area and our monthly newsletter.
 
Sign up for the newsletter here: Newsletter Sign-up form
 
Questions about our programming?  Feel free to email us at folsomlake@ports-ca.us 

Special Events Information

For more information about Special Events and or Permit Applications please contact:

Bernard Leach, Folsom Lake Special Events Coordinator
7755 Folsom-Auburn Road
Folsom, CA. 95630

Bernard.Leach@parks.ca.gov 

(916) 988-0205

Special Event Permit applications should be submitted 45 days prior to the event date. Late fees will apply to any application received less than 45 days prior to the event date. Applications received less than 30 days prior to the event may be denied.

 Film Permits are arranged on an individual basis through the California Film Commission. For additional information please call (323)-860-2960

Special Events Application

For more information about Granite Bay and Black Miners Bar Group Picnic sites, Activity Center or Powerhouse Visitor Center reservations please contact:

Sheryl Canada
7755 Folsom-Auburn Road
Folsom, CA. 95630 

Sheryl.Canada@parks.ca.gov

(916) 988-0205

Activity Center Reservation Application

 Granite Bay Group Picnic Reservation Application

Black Miners Bar Picnic Reservation Application

Powerhouse Visitor Center Application