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Folsom Lake State Recreation Area

Folsom Lake: 19,000 acres of fun! From hiking to water sports, there's something for everyone.

The Folsom Lake State Recreation Area is packed with sunshine, exciting water sports, and breathtaking natural scenery. It’s the perfect spot for both locals and visitors to unwind and have a blast. Whether you’re up for a relaxing lakeside picnic or some adrenaline-pumping water activities, this place has it all!

Explore the Beauty of Folsom Lake

Folsom Lake with hills in the background
A Playground for Outdoor Enthusiasts: Whether you’re a nature lover, an adrenaline junkie, or simply seeking a peaceful retreat, Folsom Lake State Recreation Area has it all. With over 19,000 acres of sparkling water, 75 miles of shoreline, and bordering three counties (Sacramento, Placer and El Dorado) there’s ample space for hiking, biking, fishing, boating, and more!

Hiking Trails Galore

Lace up your boots and hit the trails! Folsom Lake boasts a network of scenic hiking paths that wind through oak woodlands, grassy meadows, and rugged terrain. Don’t forget to bring your camera – you never know when you’ll encounter breathtaking views of the lake and surrounding landscapes.
Mom and daughter kayaking in Folsom Lake

Make a Splash

Dive into excitement with a variety of water sports, including swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, and jet skiing. Feel the wind in your hair as you zip across the lake’s shimmering surface or take a leisurely cruise to soak in the sun. Fishing enthusiasts will also find plenty of opportunities to reel in bass, trout, catfish, and more!

Lake Natoma

Adjacent to Folsom Lake, is a passive lake that offers additional opportunities for outdoor recreation, including kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and rowing. Speed on this lake is limited to five miles per hour which makes the lake’s calm waters and scenic surroundings a popular destination for water sports enthusiasts of all skill levels.
Family having a picnic in Folsom Lake

Picnic Paradise

Gather your loved ones and enjoy a delightful picnic along the lakefront. With numerous picnic areas equipped with tables, grills, and scenic views, Folsom Lake is the perfect spot for a leisurely outdoor meal. Don’t forget to pack your favorite snacks and refreshments!

Popular Entry points

Granite Bay Entrance: Located on Douglas Blvd, this entrance provides access to Granite Bay Beach, popular for picnicking, swimming, and boating. Enjoy stunning views of the lake and take advantage of amenities such as restrooms, picnic areas, and a boat launch.
Beals Point Entrance: Situated off of Auburn-Folsom Rd, Beals Point offers a range of recreational activities, including swimming, fishing, and hiking. The area features a sandy beach, shaded picnic spots, and a campground for overnight stays.
Brown’s Ravine Entrance: Accessible via Green Valley Rd, Brown’s Ravine is a hub for water sports enthusiasts. Rent a boat or jet ski, launch your own vessel, or simply relax on the beach and take in the scenic surroundings.
Willow Creek Entrance: Located on Folsom Blvd., the Willow Creek Entrance offers a quieter alternative for those seeking a more secluded experience. Enjoy peaceful picnics, scenic walks, and birdwatching opportunities along the tranquil shores of Lake Natoma.
Someone kayaking on Willow Creek
Willow Creek
People enjoying the Aquatic Center in Folsom
Aquatic Center
Folsom Point Entrance: Situated off E. Natoma, Folsom Point Entrance provides convenient access to the southern portion of Folsom Lake. Explore miles of hiking and biking trails, cast your line for some fishing, or simply unwind amidst the natural beauty of the area taking in a picnic.
Black Miner’s Bar Entrance: Located off Greenback Lane near Folsom-Auburn Road, Black Miner’s Bar features a boat launch and an amazing day use area complete with a beach and picnic tables. Water enthusiasts can find paddle board and kayak rentals during the summer. Day use pavilions are available at Black Miners Bar on a rental basis.
Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park: Step back in time at the Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park, where visitors can learn about the history of hydroelectric power and its impact on California’s development. Explore the historic powerhouse that sits in Historic Folsom, marvel at vintage machinery, and follow with a stroll along the shops and restaurants along Sutter Street.
CSUS Aquatic Center: Located on Lake Natoma near Hazel and Highway 50, the CSUS Aquatic Center provides equipment rentals, classes, and guided tours for visitors interested in exploring the lake. Whether you’re a novice looking to try out a new water sport or an experienced paddler seeking adventure, the Aquatic Center has everything you need for a memorable day on the water.

Plan Your Visit

Hours of Operation: Folsom Lake State Recreation Area is open year-round, offering endless opportunities for outdoor enjoyment. Hours may vary by season, so be sure to check the official website for the most up-to-date information.
Entrance Fees: While access to the recreation area is free, there may be fees for parking, camping, and certain amenities. Annual passes are also available for frequent visitors who want to make the most of their time at Folsom Lake.
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