Contact Number

  • (916) 988-0205

Park Accessibility Information

Park Activities

Yes
Dogs allowed on trails and in water. Dogs not allowed in swim area at Black Miners Bar, at swim area in Granite Bay, in swim area at Beals Point, in swim area at Nimbus Flat and on the turf area at Nimbus Flat.
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Fishing
Beach Area
Swimming
Windsurfing/Surfing
Bike Trails
Hiking Trails
Horseback Riding

Park Facilities

Trailer: 31 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 31 Feet
Family Campsites
Group Campsites
RV Sites w/Hookups
RV Dump Station
RV Access
Food Service
Parking
Restrooms / Showers
Restrooms
Drinking Water Available
Wheelchair Accessible
Boating
Boat Ramps
Boat Rentals

Park Directions

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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.

Notices

Folsom Lake SRA Closed Boat Launch Areas
Granite Bay Low Water: CLOSED
Granite Bay Stage 1: CLOSED
Granite Bay Stage 2: CLOSED

Peninsula North: CLOSED

Folsom Lake SRA Open Boat Launch Areas
Black Miners Bar: OPEN
Browns Ravine: OPEN
Folsom Point: OPEN
Granite Bay Stage 3: OPEN
Granite Bay Stage 4: OPEN
Nimbus Flat: OPEN
Peninsula South: OPEN
Rattlesnake Bar: OPEN
Willow Creek: OPEN

The Park Road in Granite Bay north of the Horse Assembly area will be closed to vehicle traffic effective October 18th, 2023. This closure is necessary for improvements to Dike 1. During the closure, vehicles are not permitted beyond Granite Main Beach/Horse Assembly. Trail access to the North Granite Bay area trail system will remain available via the Pioneer Express Trail and the Granite Bay Multi-Use Trail. This closure will remain in effect until further notice. The launch ramp areas and Granite Main Beach will remain open for public use.

Effective April 10, 2024 the Mormon Island Auxiliary Dam (MIAD) is closed to public access due to the Folsom Dam Raise Project.  The closure area now includes all areas between the Sophia Parkway access road on the east to Folsom Point on the west and all areas between Green Valley Road and the main body of Folsom Lake.  There is no trail access or alternate route within Folsom Lake State Recreation Area.  The Posted Order with map of the closure area can be found here.  Additional information regarding this project can be found at: https://www.spk.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Folsom-Dam-Raise/.

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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, largemouth and smallmouth 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.

 

Sunset at Folsom Lake SRARegular day use hours apply to all areas except the following:

  1. Campgrounds
  2. Overnight moorings for registered boat campers
  3. Folsom Lake Marina at Brown's Ravine

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:

  • Nimbus Shoals

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 here or by calling (800) 444-7275.

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.

Crewing ImagePark 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 2½ miles until you come to a stop light the sign will say Beals Point and you make a left.

Lifeguard in boat imageHwy 50 S. Lake Tahoe
Take the Folsom Blvd. exit go north on Folsom for about 7 miles (the road will change names to Folsom- 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.

Granite Bay and Black Miners Bar Group Picnic Sites

Folsom Lake State Recreation Area offers reservable group picnic sites at two park entrances. 

Granite Bay Main Beach offers two reservable group picnic sites with easy access to Folsom Lake from the Granite Bay Main Beach parking area.  The group picnic sites are available year-round during normal park hours.  Each site can accommodate up to 100 people and include eleven picnic tables, a large BBQ station, adjacent to flush toilets and water faucets.

Black Miners Bar offers two reservable group picnic sites at the newly renovated day use area with easy access to Lake Natoma from the Black Miners Bar Day use parking area.  The group sites are available year-round during normal park hours.  Each site can accommodate up to 50 people and includes six picnic tables and a large prep/buffet table, shade ramada, a large BBQ station, trash and recycle containers and is adjacent to flush toilets. 

All park day use fees apply.  Reservations can be made 90 days in advance at our Folsom Sector Office at 7755 Folsom-Auburn Rd Folsom, CA 95630 or by calling (916) 988-0205.

Granite Bay Group Picnic Reservation Application

Black Miners Bar Group Picnic Reservation Application