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Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park
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
Protect yourself, family, friends and your community by following these prevention measures:
- Know Before You Go – Prior to leaving home, check the status of the park unit you want to visit to find out what restrictions and guidelines are in place. Have a back-up plan in case your destination is crowded. Stay home if you are sick
- Plan Ahead – Some restrooms will be temporarily closed to keep up with cleaning schedules. Bring soap/hand sanitizer.
- Play It Safe – Find out what precautions you should take when exploring the outdoors, especially if this is your first time visiting the State Park System. Learn more at parks.ca.gov/SafetyTips.
Be COVID-19 Safe – State Parks continues to follow guidance provided by the California Department of Public Health:
- Fully Vaccinated Persons: Face coverings are not required in public outdoor settings. For indoor public settings, such as museums and visitor centers, all vaccinated individuals are to self-attest that they are in compliance prior to entry.
- Unvaccinated Persons: Face coverings are required in indoor public settings such as museums and visitor centers.
- Leave No Trace – Leave areas better than how you found them by staying on designated trails and packing out all trash. Do not disturb wildlife or plants.
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.
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.
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
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