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Folsom Lake is a Reservoir in Sacramento, California.

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Folsom Lake is a reservoir in Northern California about 25 mi (40 km) northeast of Sacramento in Placer, El Dorado, and Sacramento Counties. The lake is formed by Folsom Dam, constructed in 1955 to control the American River. The dam and lake are part of the Folsom Project, which also includes the Nimbus afterbay reservoir and dam facilities. The Folsom Project, operated by the United States Bureau of Reclamation, is part of the Central Valley Project, a multipurpose project that provides flood control, hydroelectricity, drinking water and water for irrigation. The Folsom Lake State Recreation Area is managed by the California Department of Parks and Recreation. When the dam was built it was designed to hold 1,010,00 acre-feet with a surface area of 11,450 acres

Fishing Description: 

The 18,000 acre (73 km²) lake and recreation area offers opportunities for hiking, biking, running, camping, picnicking, horseback riding, water-skiing and boating. Fishing offers trout, catfish, largemouth and smallmouth bass or yellow perch.

Recreational Activities: 

Recreation at Folsom Reservoir is managed by the California Department of Parks and Recreation under agreement with the Bureau of Reclamation, Central California Area Office. The reservoir was created by Folsom Dam across the American River. The dam is a feature of the Central Valley Project - American River Division - Folsom and Sly Park Units. Folsom Lake offers 75 miles of shoreline. Usually open 7 days a week, 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., contact the park office for seasonal variations. Facilities include 3 public campgrounds, 2 with showers, 60 miles of equestrian trails, 10 miles of paved bicycle trails, 8 miles of advanced mountain bike trails, and excellent year-round bank or boat fishing. Several launch ramps provide continuous boat launching access throughout the lake fluctuation zone. At capacity, Good fishing for both cold- and warm-water species including rainbow trout, brown trout, black bass, catfish, crappie, and bluegill. The American River Water Education Center at Folsom Dam contains exhibits that promote water education directly related to the American River Watershed.


Folsom Lake has three campgrounds -- Beal's Point and Peninsula campgrounds which are located on Folsom Lake and Negro Bar campground at Lake Natoma. Beal's Point and Negro Bar are developed campgrounds; Beal's Point is open year round. Peninsula is a remote campground which can be subject to winter and/or road closures. Campsite reservations are made by reservation only during the on-season. In the off-season campsite availability is first-come, first-served.


Folsom Lake Marina, which is one of the largest inland marinas in California, is located in Browns Ravine at Folsom Lake State Recreational Area. It is the only Marina on Folsom Lake and is open year round.

The Marina has 685 wet slips and 175 dry, which can accommodate boats up to a 26 ft boat.(SlipRental Rates). There is currently a waiting list for all size slips of one to three years, depending on the size of the boat.

Its snack bar offers a large selection of candy, chips, soft drinks, ice cream as well as heat and eat sandwiches. Beer in not sold in the Park. Located within its snack bar area, the marina also has both a small bait and tackle shop and a marine supply store.


Black-tailed deer, ground squirrels, raccoons, skunks, opossums, gray foxes, rabbits and coyotes are often seen in the park. Mountain lions and bobcats are seen occasionally. Beaver and muskrat live in the Mormon Island Wetlands, which is also a wonderful area for bird watching.


The Marinas gas facility is the only gas offered on the lake and is open everyday of the year (Subject to lake levels). The Marina is an authorized Chevron dealer and has only the Plus gasoline. Motor and two cycle oil is available. Batteries can be charged at the marina, but no repair services are offered.

Folsom Lake
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