Recreation: Folsom Lake


Folsom Lake Marina

Located in the Sierra Nevada foothills, approximately 25 miles northeast of Sacramento, Folsom Lake is one of the most popular lakes in northern California. Attracting nearly three million people per year, the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area is also one of the most visited recreation areas in the California State Park system.

Situated at the confluence of the north and south forks of the American River, Folsom Lake has approximately 75 miles of shoreline. The lake is formed by Folsom Dam, constructed in 1955 to control the flow of the American River, and it spans across three California counties; Placer, El Dorado, and Sacramento counties. The total capacity of Folsom Lake is 977,000 acre-feet of water.

Folsom Lake provides an abundance of recreational opportunities including swimming, fishing, boating, water skiing, wakeboarding, jet skiing, sailing, windsurfing, and camping. Hikers, cyclists, equestrians, and nature enthusiasts alike enjoy the many miles of trails and wildlife within the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area. The Folsom Lake State Recreation Area covers nearly 19,500 acres.

Current Conditions at Folsom Lake:

Lake Level: 522,280 acre-feet of water; 53% of capcity, 76% of historical average for this date

Reservoir Elevation: 419.30 feet

Reservoir Inflow: 2,140 cubic feet per second (960,432 gallons per minute)

Reservoir Outflow: 115 cubic feet per second (51,612 gallons per minute)

Operational Boat Ramps: Hobie Cove ramp at Brown's Ravine, Granite Bay low-water ramp

Updated: April 18, 2014 at 6am

 

Folsom Lake Amenities

Beals Point Campground

Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
Granite Bay, California

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  • Barbeques
  • Beach & Swim Area
  • Bike Trail
  • Campground
  • Picnic Area
  • Restrooms
  • RV Hook-ups
  • RV Sanitation
  • Showers
  • Snack Bar

Brown's Ravine

Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
El Dorado Hills, California

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  • Barbeques
  • Boat Launch
  • Folsom Lake Marina
  • Horse Staging Area
  • Phone
  • Picnic Area
  • Restrooms

Folsom Point

Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
Folsom California

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  • Barbeques
  • Boat Launch
  • Picnic Area
  • Restrooms

Granite Bay Recreation Area

Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
Granite Bay, California

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  • Barbeques
  • Beach & Swim Area
  • Bike Trail
  • Boat Launch
  • Hiking Trail
  • Horse Staging Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Restrooms
  • Snack Bar

Negro Bar Recreation Area

Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
Folsom California

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  • Barbeques
  • Beach & Swim Area
  • Bike Trail
  • Boat Launch (5 mph)
  • Horse Staging Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Restrooms

Peninsula Boat Launch

Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
Pilot Hill, California

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  • Boat Launch
  • Picnic Area
  • Restrooms

Peninsula Campground

Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
Pilot Hill, California

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  • Barbeques
  • Campground
  • Hiking Trail
  • Picnic Area
  • Ranger Station
  • Restrooms

Rattlesnake Bar

Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
Rattlesnake Bar State Park

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  • Boat Launch
  • Hiking Trails
  • Horse Staging Area
  • Restrooms

Willow Creek Recreation Area

Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
Folsom, California

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  • Barbeques
  • Boat Launch (5 mph)
  • Picnic Area
  • Restrooms

Additional Resources (click on links below for more info)

Department of Fish and Game California Department of Fish and Game Website
Folsom Lake State Recreation Area California State Parks Website, Folsom Lake SRA