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Lake Natoma

Folsom, CA
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Ranked #2 of 15 Attractions in Folsom
Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Canoeing, Kayaking, Picnicking
Description: This tranquil lake offers plenty of water activities and a laid back feel.
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69 reviews 69 reviews
25 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Lake Natoma is home to the CAL STATE SACRAMENTO Aquatic center which serves both its students and the greater Sacramento community. You can rent kayaks, paddle boats or bicyles mounted on a catamaran-type thing for an hour or more. They also offer a multitude of sailing and jet ski lessons as well as specialty boating camps for kids all summer.... More

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Oakland, California
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

I love Lake Natoma for swimming. You can pretty much go anywhere (no constraining boxes here) and the water is nice and refreshing. There are no powerboats or jet ski hazards; no gasoline, diesel, or noise pollution, although there can be a lot of "traffic" on the lake in late afternoon. There are great picnic spots and you can run... More

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Folsom, California, United States
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

this is actually the premier paddling lake in northern california. rest rooms are usually clean, BBQ areas are nice, lots of parking. there are 3 areas, the one of Hazel is the best. there is also and aquatic center where you can rent boats.

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Westchester (LA), CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

The recreation area entrance (day) fee is a bit high ($10) vs. another area in Orinda I had been to, but there are nice restrooms, walkways around the lower edge of the lake, and a large parking lot, plus a small fishing "deck" with railing. The venue was a nice area for an invitational junior rowing event hosted by Sacramento... More

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Pasadena, California
18 reviews 18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

We stumbled across this great park during a recent trip. Despite the drought, the lake was pretty and the area a lovely speing green. The bike path is paved, flat and runs alongside the lake. Walkers/runners can use the sides of the path and there seems to be room for all if you're alert and considerate. The picnic area is... More

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Citrus Heights, California, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

This is the time of year to visit the Natoma Fish Hatchery to see the salmon and steelhead arriving to spawn. Situated on the American River which is East of Sacramento and below the Natoma Dam, this facility is operated by the State of California Fish and Game Department. It is truly a magnificent experience to visit the hatchery to... More

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Folsom, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

Lake Natoma was created by placing a small dam downstream from Folsom Lake Dam on the American River Parkway, and it's a fantastic place for kayakers to test their flat water endurance skills over a fairly long distance. To the east lies old Folsom and if you continue up river going under and past the two Folsom bridges (Folsom Crossing... More

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Folsom, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

I love the lake for its beauty and great paved bike/hiking trails on both the North and South side, as well as dirt trails for horses. Although I haven't taken the tour, I know there are organised raft trips originating at the Lake. Sacramento State Aquatic Center is on the Lake and you can often see rowing teams practicing and... More

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Sacramento, California
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96 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

This is our favorite lake in the area for kayaking. You can paddle all the way up to Folsom Prison, if you choose. The lake is about 5 miles long and typically very calm. Lots of wildlife in the area and great for picking blackberries in the summer. The aquatic center hosts several competitions throughout the year. Kayak rentals and... More

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Top Contributor
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11 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

This is a great lake with a wonderful picnic area, place to bike on trails nearby, geese, kayaking, boat launch and an aquatic center to rent boats and paddle boards. Across the lake is a series of waterways to paddle through containing wildlife and aquatic plants. Go there, great time and low entrance fee. Dont miss the fish hatchery across... More

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