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Address: Folsom, CA
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This tranquil lake offers plenty of water activities and a laid back feel.

This tranquil lake offers plenty of water activities and a laid back feel.

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Kayak or trail

Whether on the water or on the trail, this is nice escape without having to drive far. We have lived in several beautiful places, and this is what I love most about sac. It is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 31, 2015
Amber G
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120 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015 via mobile

Whether on the water or on the trail, this is nice escape without having to drive far. We have lived in several beautiful places, and this is what I love most about sac. It is what I will miss. Rent a kayak or paddle board or whatever... And get out on the water. Ride your bike around it. It also... More 

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1 Thank Amber G
Folsom
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52 reviews
23 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

The lake can be accessed by several ways, two are state parks, fees required, and one is via the Sacramento State Aquatic Center, free parking. For the most water activities I would recommend the Aquatic Center. They offer sailing lessons, paddle board, sail boat and canoe rentals at very reasonal prices.

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Thank lvtotrvl20
California
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20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

This isn't an especially large lake, but it is large enough to paddleboard or kayak on, or to swim, sun and picnic. It has a number of nice beaches and picnic areas, as well as places to rent equipment. Water is usually pleasant...not too cold. Try the CSUS Aquatic center for reasonable sit-on-top kayaks.

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Thank psaltry
Orangevale, California
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19 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

It's a LAKE! It has a shoreline! What do you expect? LOL! It is clean and there is a lot of recreational opportunities as the American River Bike Path runs just South of the parking lot. Lots of kayaking and wind surfing, too. The water is cold which, for me, is no problem.

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Thank academicjock
Folsom, California
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68 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

One of the few lakes that always has water in it nowadays. It is all park with a lovely 11.5 mile bike trail around it. The jewel of this park is the CSUS Aquatic Center.

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Thank Jason M
Citrus Heights, California
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

This is a great multi purpose recreational area. Wonderful for all paddling actvities. Picnic area and with beach access to let little ones swim. Runs along the bike trail so easy access.

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Thank nlowinger
Sacramento, California
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I love taking my family to this place. They have everything you need for a fun day at the lake. All the staff is helpful and nice

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Thank William V
Folsom, California
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

If you're up cooling down and a picnic on a hot summers day or if are a little more adventurous and love kayaking, canoeing or paddle boarding with wide open water, or if the wind picks up and you're in to small sail boating, then this location is for you. It's a state park with lots of parking, BBQ pits... More 

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Thank Pyelyt
Novato, California
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98 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We spent a few hours at the lake this hot June weekend and were impressed with how not crowded it was. There are some nice beach areas, with easy road access and the water is nice to swim, float or paddle in. Bonus points for the park, who provides free life jacket loaners for kids. We felt a lot better... More 

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Thank Devo1975
Folsom California
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20 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We went there last weekend to take a kayaking class. There were quite a few people there because there was a "Paddlefest" going on where people could try out different kinds of kayaks to find out what they wanted to purchase. Even so, once we were able to kayak out on the lake (rentals are available though the Aquatic Center)... More 

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