Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park

This park unit is partially open. Please take the time to read the information contained on this webpage to find out what is open and closed, and what COVID-19 guidelines are in place. - (June 21, 2021)

What is open now?

  • Folsom Sector Office
  • The park entrance is open to vehicular traffic. The parking lot, day-use facilities and restrooms are open.
  • Powerhouse Visitor Center
  • Powerhouse Museum
  • Group Tours

Phone Number

(916) 988-0205

Park Hours

Please contact the park.

Dogs Allowed?

Yes
Dogs not allowed in buildings.

Driving Directions to Folsom Powerhouse SHP

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

Online reservations are not available for this park.

DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Fishing
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Museums
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Parking
Restrooms

2022 Powerfest - Taps & Tunes6th Annual Powerfest – Taps and Tunes

June 11, 2022
4 p.m. – 8 P.M.

For registration and additional information
Please visit:  Friends of the Folsom Powerhouse Association

Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park
9980 Greenback Lane
Folsom, CA

DPR Event Link: Folsom Powerhouse SHP - Powerfest -Taps & Tunes (ca.gov)

10th Anniversity Electricity Fair

September 10, 2022
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Celebrate in person or virtually.

  • Family fun
  • Tour the Historic Folsom Powerhouse
  • Learn about hydro power
  • Create solar art
  • Do a science activity
  • And much more!


Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park
9980 Greenback Lane
Folsom, CA

10th Annual Electricity Fair Flyer

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

Group Tours are available throughout the week by special arrangement.
Call 916-985-4843 for more information.

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

Special Events Information

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

Andrew Smith, Folsom Lake Special Events Coordinator

7755 Folsom-Auburn Road

Folsom, CA. 95630

916-988-0205

Andrew.Smith@parks.ca.gov

Special Event Applications should be submitted 45 days prior to the event.

Late fees will apply to any application recieved less than 45 days prior to the event date.

Applications received less than 30 days prior to 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

 Powerhouse Visitor Center Application

Special Events Application