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Folsom Lake, California
Discover Folsom Lake in Folsom, California - Beaches and Campgrounds For Family Fun
Located just at the base of the foothills of the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains in California, about 25 miles east of the Capitol City of Sacramento, is a place for both summer and winter family fun called Folsom Lake State Recreation Area. Folsom Lake is a part of the California State Park System and is a place where locals from the surrounding areas have been having fun swimming, picnicking and camping for many years.
Folsom Lake State Recreation Area is situated near the small towns of Granite Bay and Folsom, California, but spans about 12,000 acres through three of the surrounding counties, including Sacramento, El Dorado, and Placer Counties.
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Just Where Is It?
Camping At Folsom Lake
Folsom Lake provides a place to go where the whole family can have a good time. The kids can safely play in the water as it stays shallow for about 20 feet or more off of the beach.
There are three campground at Folsom Lake, they are: Beal's Point, Peninsula, and Negro Bar, which is at Lake Natoma. The campgrounds at Beal's Point and Negro Bar are developed campgrounds and the Peninsula campground is more remote and undeveloped. Beal's Point Campground is open year round.
There are also day use areas at Negro Bar, Beal's Point, Peninsula, and another at Granite Bay. The day use fee is $10.00 per vehicle and camping fees are as follows:
Beals Point Drive-In Developed: $30.00 peak season and $25.00 non-peak season.
Beals Point Hook-up Developed: $55.00/$45.00
Negro Bar A Group Developed: $175.00/$175.00
Negro Bar B Group Developed: $175.00/$175.00
Negro Bar C Group Developed: $95.00/$95.00
Peninsula Drive-In Developed $30.00/$25.00
The Three Campgrounds At Folsom Lake
- Beal's Point
Beal's Point is located north of Folsom Dam in Folsom, California. There are 69 family campsites that will accommodate RVs up to 31 feet in length. There are no individual campsite hookups but there is a dump station. Piped drinking water is available, restrooms with wheelchair access and restrooms with showers are available.
- Negro Bar
Negro Bar is located at Lake Natoma in Folsom, California, just off Folsom-Auburn Road. There are two group campgrounds located at Negro Bar that can accommodate up to 50 people each. A third group camp is designed for 25 people.
Peninsula Campground is near the end of the peninsula between the north and south forks of the American River. It can be reached by boat or by car. It's located about 10 miles from the town of Pilot Hill on Highway 49. There are 100 family campsites that will accommodate RVs up to 18 feet long and motor homes up to 24 feet long. There are no hookups provided at campsites, but there is a dump station. There are flush toilets and piped drinking water. Two launch ramps and a day-use area are near the campground. You can also reach the area by boat and camp.
If You're Interested in Going to Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
- California State Parks
Link to the California State Parks Website where you can make reservations and learn about all of California's great parks and campgrounds.
- Campgrounds and Camping Reservations - ReserveAmerica
Direct link to make reservations.
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- Camping in Placer County - Northern California
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Items To Bring For A Day Trip To The Lake
- A blanket and/or chairs.
- Lunch or a lot of snacks.
- Water and whatever else you want to drink.
- A hat and sunglasses if possible.
- Extra clothes for kids.
- Sand toys for kids.
- A sunshade if you've got one.
- Insect repellant.
Items To Bring For A Camping Trip
- Your tent and camping gear.
- Food (although there are stores pretty close)
- Insect repellant
- Clothes for warm and cool temperatures.
- Hiking boots.
- Towels, swimwear, stuff for the beach.
- Make sure to get a fire permit/verify fires are permitted.
- Sleeping bags and extra blankets (in case of tool temperatures).
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