Majestic mountains and Gold Rush heritage set Placer County apart. You’ll also find golden opportunities for fun on the water. Rafters can test their skills on the American River. For great views, cross the river’s north fork on the Foresthill Bridge – at 730 feet, it’s California’s tallest. There’s also fishing at French Meadows Reservoir, boating and swimming at Sugar Pine Reservoir, kayaking on Lake Tahoe’s northern shore, and splashing in other dog-friendly lakes.
Folsom Lake State Recreation Area offers boating, fishing, water skiing and recreation across 19,500 acres. Dogs are welcome in the water and at many beaches here (check the California State Parks website for details), and on-leash pups can also explore miles of hiking trails.
Forbes Creek Group Campground typically opens for the season in mid-May. Set among cedars and pines on the southeast shore of Sugar Pine Reservoir, it’s a favorite for splashing, swimming, and hiking to the nearby north fork of the American River.
Community members have been working hard on the Tahoe-Pyramid Trail, which will eventually follow the Truckee River for 114 miles from its source at Lake Tahoe to its desert terminus at Pyramid Lake, Nevada. You can currently travel about 80% of the trail through urban and rural landscapes using bike paths, paved and dirt roads, historic routes and new bridges.