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“A great place to spend a weekend day”
Review of Lake Natoma

Ranked #5 of 31 things to do in Folsom
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Owner description: This tranquil lake offers plenty of water activities and a laid back feel.
San Jose, California
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“A great place to spend a weekend day”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

The Aquatic Center on Natoma Lake has rentals of all kinds - from bikes to kayaks. It is a beautiful place with picnic tables and a paved bike trail that goes around the lake. It is also very lively with people and kids walking/running/biking/kayaking/swimming/dog-walking/paddle-boarding/swimming etc.

Visited January 2013
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Seattle, Washington
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
“Beautiful City Nature Area”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

What a wonderful treat it is to have this gem just outside our door in Folsom. The 13 mile bike path circling the lake is amazing and gives you access to all the various aspects of the lake. The little overlooks and bluffs give relaxing views and the park down by Hazel is an interesting place to relax on the grass, watch kayakers or venture next door to the Fish Hatchery. But most of all, this lake is for kayaking! With three entrances to the lake (all with kayak rentals) each offers a unique experience. Put in by Negro Bar and kayak up under the bridges to explore the rocky canyon. Or choose the Willow Creek entrance off Folsom Blvd. and explore the bluffs or the Heron rookery across the water. My favorite is down by the CSUS Aquatic center near Hazel and going across the lake to explore the "secret" ponds hidden in quiet coves. However you enjoy the lake, it is a great place to enjoy the outdoors.

Visited December 2012
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El Dorado Hills, California
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Tasty Food”
Reviewed November 19, 2012

Beautiful setting, good food, service is very good, and great for large groups. Very accomodating people.

Visited November 2012
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Citrus Heights, California
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Lots of outdoor activites”
Reviewed October 29, 2012

You can rent just about any water craft and have a great time on a beautiful lake. The water comes from the bottom of Folsom Dam and is very cold !!! In the summer, there are classes in sailing, canoeing, surfboarding, and maybe a little sculling. The Sac. State rowing team practices here and in May, there is competition from around the state.
Fishing, swimming, boating. Don't forget the State Fish Hatchery across the street where salmon and steelhead are raised in racing ponds. You can feed them for 5 cents !!! A real treat for adults and especially children.

Visited June 2012
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California City, California
Level 6 Contributor
105 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
“Everyday I wake up and think I live in the most beautiful place”
Reviewed October 21, 2012

Lake Natoma has been developed as a recreation area for Folsom and Orangevale. It is surrounded by a bike trail and the trail is part of the American River bike trail system that runs into downtown Sacramento 25 miles away. Lake Natoma is used as a regional rowing completion lake and Sacramento State has their boat house at the west end of the lake near Nimbus dam and fish hatchery. You can rent kayaks in two places on the lake. Sac State rents them and you can also rent them at Negro Bar near old Folsom. I prefer to rent them at Negro bar because the area to for kayaking is less congested and more scenic. If you are in the area and like the hiking, biking, kayaking, swimming or fishing or need to get you kids out of the car. Lake Natoma is a good stop. Even if you just go to the fish hatchery and spend a dollar in nickels feeding the fish in the fish runs for a half hour, you are guaranteed a smile.

Visited October 2012
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