Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
|Folsom Lake State Recreation Area|
|Location||El Dorado, Placer, and Sacramento Counties, California, USA|
|Nearest city||Folsom, California|
|Area||19,564 acres (7,917.3 ha)|
|Governing body||California Department of Parks and Recreation|
Folsom Lake State Recreation Area is a state park unit of California, USA, on and around Folsom Lake in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. It is located near the city of Folsom, California, about 25 miles (40 km) east of Sacramento. The 19,564-acre (7,917.3 ha) park was established in 1956.
The lake and recreation area offer opportunities for hiking, biking, running, camping, picnicking, horseback riding, water-skiing and boating. Fishing offers trout, catfish, largemouth and smallmouth bass or yellow perch. Visitors can also tour nearby Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park (once called "the greatest operative electrical plant on the American continent"), which from 1885 to 1952 produced 11,000 volts of electricity for Sacramento residents. For cyclists there is a 32-mile-long (51 km) bicycle path that connects Folsom Lake with many Sacramento County parks before reaching Old Sacramento. The park also includes Lake Natoma, downstream from Folsom Lake, which is popular for crew races, sailing, kayaking and other aquatic sports.
The primary recreation season coincides with the spring and summer months when temperatures are in the 80s, 90s and 100s. Visitation is highest from April through September. In the spring months when school is still in session, evenings and weekends are the times of highest lake activity.
- California State Park System Statistical Report: Fiscal Year 2009/10. California State Parks. p. 20. Retrieved 2011-12-19.