Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
7755 Folsom-Auburn Rd.
Folsom, California 95630
Local Phone: (916) 988-0205
Folsom Lake, about 25 miles northeast of Sacramento in the lower Sierra Nevada foothills, is the ninth largest reservoir in California and a major recreational asset for the Sacramento area. It was created by Folsom Dam, built in 1955 to control the American River. Recreational activities along its 75 miles of shoreline and contiguous acreage are managed by California State Parks.
The lake offers many opportunities for hiking, biking, horseback riding, running, camping, picnicking, water-skiing, swimming and boating. Trout, catfish and bass fishing is considered very good. 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, pedestrians and dog walkers, the 32-mile American River Trail connects the lake with many Sacramento County parks before reaching the Old Sacramento historic district downtown. The state recreation area also includes Lake Natoma, a forebay popular for kayaking, small-craft sailing, crew racing, stand-up paddle-boarding and other aquatic sports (sorry, dogs aren't allowed in the water here). Visitors with dogs can also view the rearing ponds at the nearby Nimbus Fish Hatchery, where millions of salmon fry are produced.
• This is a state park, so please leash your dog and clean up after him/her at all times!
• Dogs are not allowed on swimming beaches, but they can swim in other spots.
• Day use fee (in 2015) is $12 for Folsom Lake and $10 for Lake Natoma per vehicle. Boat launch fee is $10 additional.
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