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-created in 1955 after building of Folsom Dam -land once belonged to Natives (Maidu and Nisenan) -after 1848 Gold Rush, most land given away

Basic Info[edit]

-Folsom Lake and Lake Natoma -major recreational asset for the Sacramento area -managed by California State Parks

Camp Grounds (provide a little info on each)[edit]

-Peninsula Campground -Beals Point Campground -Negro Bar Group Campsites -Avery's Pond Environmental Campsites

Plants & Wildlife[edit]

-list and info of some of the animals and wildflowers



The Folsom Lake State Recreation Area surrounds the Folsom reservoir, and is managed by the California Department of Parks and Recreation. Folsom Lake was created in 1955 after the construction of the Folsom Dam for the Central Valley Project. Folsom Lake is the ninth largest reservoir in California and a major recreational asset for the Sacramento area.[1] Folsom Lake State Recreation Area covers 19,500 acres and consists of two reservoirs: Folsom and Natoma. About 2 million people visit the Folsom Lake SRA every year. Generally, Folsom Lake SRA experiences hot summers and mild winters. Campgrounds in the area consist of the Peninsula Campground, Beals Point Campground, Negro Bar, and Avery’s Pond.


Native Americans of the Maidu or Nisenan tribe inhabited the land around Folsom Lake for thousands of years. During the winter, they lived in permanent villages around the American River and in the summer made temporary homes made of bark. The Nisenan used local resources found around the lake like acorns and berries to trade with coastal tribes. They wove their baskets from willow, redbud, tule, milkweed, sedge grass and native grapevine. In 1848, the California Gold Rush began and most of the Nisenan land was given away. The Nisenan became overwhelmed and their population was severely decimated due to diseases. However, some survived and still live in surrounding reservations.[2]

Plants and Wildlife[edit]

Folsom Lake State Recreation Area is home to many species of plants and animals. Some of the common plants in the area include blue oaks, interior live oaks, foothill pines and annual grasses. In the spring, wildflowers include Indian paintbrush, larkspur, lupine, brodiaea, fiddleneck, dutchman’s pipe and monkey flower. In addition to plant life, there are also several species of animals including black-tailed deer, raccoons, skunks, opossums, gray foxes and coyotes. Birds commonly found in the area include nesting egrets, herons and cormorants, Canada geese, blackbirds, scrub jays, quail, wrens, bushtits and towhees. There are also wrentits, California thrashers, kingfishers and grebes near the water. Red-tailed hawks, kestrels, ospreys and eagles may be spotted flying over the area. (

Peninsula Campground[edit]

Peninsula campground is located at the end of Rattlesnake Bar Road, on the peninsula between the North and South Forks of the American River. It can be accessed from Pilot Hill on Highway 49 by following Rattlesnake Bar Road 11 miles to the campground. It is also accessible by boat for Boat-In camping. It has 100 campsites with facilities including flush toilets, hot showers, piped water, sanitation station, two boat launch ramps, and oaks nature trail. [3]

Beals Point Campground[edit]

Beals Point is located on the west shore of Folsom Lake, just north of the dam. It can be accessed off Auburn-Folsom Road, south of Douglas Blvd. There are 69 Sites allowing trailers and RVs up to 31’. Facilities include flush toilets, hot showers, piped water, sanitation station, snack bar, beach equipment rentals, and a beach. (

Negro Bar Group Campsites[edit]

Negro Bar is located on the west side of Lake Natoma. It can be accessed off Greenback Lane in Folsom. Campground facilities include 3 Group sites. Sites A & B accommodate 50 people and Site C can accommodate 25 people. Flush toilets are available. A Group must contain at least 9 people. ( This site received its name because it was one of the earliest recorded locations mined by African-American gold miners during the California Gold Rush of 1849. At the time, Negro Bar was a large sand bar located on the south bank of the lower American River, in what is now the City of Folsom. Most African American miners left by 1852 to nearby mining sites that were more successful. Today, Negro Bar State Recreation Area is located on the opposite side of the American River. [4]

Avery's Pond Environmental Campsites[edit]

Avery’s Pond is located Near Rattlesnake Bar, north of the Rattlesnake Bar Equestrian Assembly Area. It can be accessed by parking at Rattlesnake Bar and walking 1.1 miles to the sites. There are 2 Sites and each holds 8 people. There are no water or garbage service and no dogs or fires allowed, (

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