Folsom Lake State Recreation Area

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Folsom Lake State Recreation Area

Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
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This park offers everything: a huge lake for all sorts of water activities and nature trails for hiking, walking and horseback riding.
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KMTW
Folsom, CA69 contributions
Jun 2020
Beal’s Point is an area at Folsom Lake with a campground and a day use area. We have only used the day use area. There is a nice grassy area with covered picnic tables, BBQ grills and restrooms, as well as a nice beach area with lifeguards. It’s a perfect place for families to spend the day swimming and having a BBQ. There is a designated area for swimming and kayaking that is safe, because there are also other areas of Folsom Lake that allow boating. There is also a bike trail that leads to Beal’s Point so you can ride your bike as well. It tends to get very crowded on weekends between Memorial Day and Labor Day, because this is a popular place to spend a summer day if you live in the Sacramento area, so get there early if you go on a weekend. On weekdays, you can pretty much find parking at any time. Overall a nice place to visit and a nice way to beat the heat.
Written June 18, 2020
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khengsoon
penang180 contributions
Feb 2020
This lake was peaceful and quiet when our family visited it in February. It's a nice place to just sit around for a picnic away from the busy commercial centers. A great place for people who enjoy nature, though it may not be a famous touristy place, nor it is known as a beautiful picture perfect scenic location.
Written April 27, 2020
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Jim K
Sacramento, CA1,326 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
We wanted to have a picnic near the lake. The park rangers were excellent and most helpful. When we got to the picnic area there was plenty of parking, tables, BBQ's, bike trails, etc. The problem was, we are in a drought and the lake was low and quite a distance from the picnic area. We will be back when lake is full.
Written May 8, 2021
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Michael M
Lebanon, OR745 contributions
Aug 2020
I am sure better weather, a different time of the year, not in the middle of wildfires and other spots on the lake could make for a better time, but we got what we got.

It was hot. There was not shade. The walk from the parking lot to the lake was long and with three kids it was a struggle. Once we settled on a place the water was full of large rocks, gross bugs and dirty water.

We left after about 30 minutes as no one was having fun.

There were some park rangers doing some landscaping that were very nice. When that is the highlight of a trip to the lake though...
Written October 22, 2020
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Vince F
Folsom, CA94 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
I live in Folsom, so I visit Folsom Lake often. This State Recreational Area (SRA) covers a vast expanse around the lake, so it encompasses many different facilities.

1. Folsom Point. Folsom Point is on the south end of the lake. It features a boat launch and picnic areas overlooking the lake. From here you can see Folsom Dam to the west and dikes on the south end. This is a hilly area preferred by boaters, dog walkers and off-road biking. The trails are dirt paths, but the dikes to the south are paved and provide connections to good biking routes.

2. Beals Point. Beals Point is on the west side, accessible from Douglas Avenue in Granite Bay. This area features a large beach, boat launch, camping, equestrian trails and several bike paths. As a geocacher (geocaching.com) there are quite a few hides on this side of the lake, but you face the danger of poison oak patches if you go off the beaten paths. Again, views of the lake and the dam are enjoyable. There are many picnic areas and hiking trails. This area is popular with bikers too.

3. Browns Ravine. Brown's Ravine is a gated boat docking area with relatively modern boating facilities. Many boats are docked year-round and there is a popular boat launch here too. Good strolls and views for the whole family. There are many back-woods hiking trails here too, including geocaches. Again, watch out for poison oak if you go off the trails.

4. North area. Folsom Lake is fed by the American River flowing south from the Auburn area. As you go further north the terrain become more hilly, approaching canyon-like features. Most activity here is from boats and kayaks on the the water, as the trails are rugged and rocky, and it's a long hike from the Auburn entrance.

All-in-all, the lake area is relatively wild and undeveloped except for the beaches and boat launches. By far the most popular activity for locals are the boat launches and the extensive network or trails, both pave and dirt paths. The lake trails provide many good hiking trips, some up in the hills and some beside the lake itself.

Folsom Lake recently saw some historic lows in the water levels, but in the winter of 2015/2016 we had enough rain to bring the levels close to normal, allowing water sports to resume. Being large and mostly rural there are plenty of opportunities to see wildlife and to find secluded corners where you and rest and simply enjoy nature. There are hundreds of oak trees in the SRA and animals such as wild turkeys, geese, all sorts of squirrels and rodentia, deer, and even a coyote or two.

I give it 4 stars only because it is best suited for bikers, dog walkers, outdoorsmen and athletes, as opposed to the easy strolls preferred by senior citizens like myself.
Written August 26, 2016
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hk38
17 contributions
Apr 2019 • Friends
If you like water and boating and swimming, this is as good as it gets. I go every year... but not just in summer. It is a year-round place to be out in nature with many access points and picnic areas.
Written April 13, 2019
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TabathaVo
Folsom, CA6 contributions
Aug 2015 • Family
The Folsom PD is AWESOME, HOWEVER every since the park rangers became a police force and allowed the carry guns it is just too much. They spy from miles away for hours on end. You don't really see them when you need help because most are hiding in the bushes with their binoculars or nailing campers for literally being 1/2 inch off the pavement, no it was not me or anyone I knew I just saw it happen. The "offender" offered his apologies and moved to park it better and the ranger pulled his gun!!!! No joke, sick. NOT SAFE FOR FAMILES especially if you park incorrectly. Plus they close off all the off road areas when there is NO need and I mean NO need for it. They just seem to lazy to open and close the gates as they should be.
Written April 25, 2016
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melyash
82 contributions
Aug 2012
Folsom is a great melting pot of boaters, Jetskiers Campers, Hikers, Nature Lovers, Bycilists, Fisherman, Water Skiers, Equestrians and just about everything else. Can get rather hot in the summer, so plan accordingly and plan to get in the water. Like all of California's Wild Places, it has its share of critters, including Rattlesnakes in summer especially. Use a little caution when hiking or exploring. Beals Point RV campground is a good place to stay and close to everything.
Written May 13, 2013
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redbeauty58
Rancho Cucamonga, CA220 contributions
Sep 2019 • Family
My son lives in the area and on a recent visit decided to go to lake for a cool down and a family picnic. The water was nice and clear and cooling. That is about the only good thing I can say. The picnic area is far from water for small children. The tables were very old and beat up. Do not wear sandals as I did because there is lots of dirt to walk on before you get to the water. At the water it seems like the lake overflowed onto the parking lot because that is what you are standing on in the water all the way out to where swim area stops. Very rough on feet. Other people just drove cars up to water edge and sat in chairs in water or swim off from vehicles. It was not a pleasant venture for family.
Written September 26, 2019
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lilicedt
Key Largo, FL139 contributions
May 2018 • Friends
This review is solely for Negro Bar State Recreational Area within the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area.

This is as good as it gets for family/dog friendly recreation areas. There's picnic tables, shade, beach, clean public restrooms, and water fountains.

We usually head towards the right after entering the main parking lot. Follow the narrow road and signs towards kayak/SUP rentals and you'll get to another lot with port-a-potties. Keep going! There's a third, swing-around parking lot with a few picnic benches to the right and a restroom. These have awning and grass for the kiddies/furbabies to play in all day. Get a game of cornhole or frisbee going, or soccer. There's BBQ grills available first come, first served.

This is just the start of it; to the left, down the wooden stairs, you get to the beach area. THIS is the star of Negro Bar. Here, people can use the picnic tables in the shade of the big trees or bring their own canopies for a shaded spot right on the sand. The water is icy until about June, but that doesn't stop people from jumping in. There's kayakers/SUP-ers/tubers/swimmers, you name it. Everyone is having a good time. There's a separate bathroom down below that's just as clean, so no need to trek up the hill to use facilities. There's also BBQs down here, though many opt to bring their own grills.

You can see squirrels, bald eagles, wild turkeys, and lots of other wildlife around, so it's quite picturesque. There's even an island with wild blackberries in the summers that you can paddle/swim out to!

All-in-all great recreation area in the Sacramento region.

Parking is $10, and yes, they do take credit card.
Written May 28, 2018
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