Folsom Lake SRA
State Recreation Area
Granite Bay ** - Units where boat launching is available
Folsom Point *
Negro Bar **
Brown’s Ravine Marina *
Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park
Nimbus Flat **
Sacramento State Aquatic Center
** - 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.
The following units are closed to vehicles until further notice due to state budget issues and to allow for the consolidation of resources at the park’s most popular and heavily used units.
Parkshore Drive Parking Facility
Nimbus Lake Overlook
Old Salmon Falls The following units are closed seasonally:
Rattlesnake Bar (November 1st to April 1st or while the lake elevation is below 426’. See Folsom Lake's Elevation here)
Skunk Hollow (November 1st to April 1st)
Salmon Falls Raft Takeout (November 1st to April 1st)
Peninsula (October 1st to April 1st)
(Read the Posted Orders here)
The summer hours for Granite Bay, Beals Point, Folsom Point, Negro Bar and Browns Ravine Marina are 6 am to 9 pm. The summer hours for the upper south units (Skunk Hollow and Salmon Falls) and Rattlesnake Bar are 7 am to 8 pm. The summer hours for the Aquatic Center, Nimbus Flat, Willow Creek, Shadow Glen, and Folsom Powerhouse SHP are 6 am to 8 pm.
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
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
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-
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.
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.
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Upcoming Weekend: YES
Within 2 Weeks: YESUpdated: 5/19/2013 7:07 PM
Max Camper Length:
31 FeetMax Trailer Length
Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
7755 Folsom-Auburn Road
Folsom, CA 95630