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You’ll find opportunities for fun in the water in Folsom. Proximity to Folsom Lake, Lake Natoma, and the American River means boating, kayaking, paddleboarding, canoeing, swimming, and more are within easy reach.

Folsom Water Recreation

Water enthusiasts agree that Folsom is a hidden gem in plain sight. Prefer to play on the water, in it, or enjoy it from the shore? Grab your paddle, swimsuit, PFD, and sunblock and check out these fun ways to enjoy Folsom’s lakes and rivers all year-round!

woman stand up paddle boarding on Folsom lake
Two women kayaking with a dog in Folsom Lake

Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP)

Both Lake Natoma and Folsom Lake are great spots to go stand-up paddleboarding. Folsom Lake offers great views of the shoreline and Sierra foothills. Head to Lake Natoma to paddle under the Rainbow Bridge, along with easy access to Historic Folsom for a quick bite to eat. Several shops offer rentals, lessons, events, and even stand-up yoga classes.


The American River runs through Folsom and offers a range of kayaking experiences, from calm flatwater paddling to more challenging rapids. Flat water kayak enthusiasts like Lake Natoma for its views, numerous spots to put in, and proximity to Historic Folsom’s shops and restaurants.

Paddle Board Rentals Now at the General Store!


Looking for a more relaxed way to row a boat? Try canoeing! It’s a popular paddle sport in Folsom, especially for families and groups, as the boats are larger and can accommodate more people thank kayaks


For those who prefer to be a big fish in a small pond, Folsom Lake and the American River are terrific fishing spots. You’ll find a variety of fish species available including trout, catfish, largemouth and smallmouth bass, perch, and kokanee salmon. Fun fact: Folsom Lake is considered one of the best locations for smallmouth bass.

Man and a woman kayaking in the aquatic center


Enjoy the feeling of sand between your toes at several beach locations around Folsom Lake, including Granite Bay, Folsom Point State Park, and Beal’s Point. Lake Natoma also offers shore access via Black Miners Bar.

Folsom Aquatic Center

Open water isn’t the only way to get wet in Folsom. The City of Folsom’s community swimming facility boasts a 50-meter Olympic-sized pool with 20 lanes and a diving well, and a 25-yard recreation pool with two water slides and a play area, along with shaded seating areas, a large grassy area, snack bar, and more.

CSUS Aquatic Center

Located on the shores of Lake Natoma, the CSUS Aquatic Center is a water recreation and education facility offering kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding, sailing, rowing, and windsurfing. Its wide range of programs means that it’s as easy for you to learn or perfect a water sport as it is to compete in a race or organize a team-building event there!