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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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Quiet -great kayaking

Put your kayak in the water.- Hazel, Negro Bar -Lots of nature to see. Beautiful paddling conditions. Bicycle around beautiful Lake Natoma on the designated bikepath about 11... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed March 18, 2015
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Folsom, California
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Folsom, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2015

Put your kayak in the water.- Hazel, Negro Bar -Lots of nature to see. Beautiful paddling conditions. Bicycle around beautiful Lake Natoma on the designated bikepath about 11 miles around

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Sacramento, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2015

Lake Natoma is a lake near Folsom, California. The lake lies next to Old Folsom and along the American River bike trail. The entire lake is encircled by an oak lined paved bike path about 12 miles around. Near Folsom a good place to enjoy the lake is at the Lake Natoma Inn, the New Folsom Bridge and Negro Bar.... More 

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4 Thank Zackary S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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4 Thank Frank E
Folsom, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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1 Thank William F
Westchester (LA), CA
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4 of 5 bubbles 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
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Granite Bay, California
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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