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Folsom Lake, California

Updated on August 9, 2013

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.

A Few Pictures From Our Day At The Lake

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The water is low enough for the kids to swim around safely.The boys sitting on a rock by the water.Willow jumping in off of the rock.Violet's turn to jump!The water was high but still safe to swim out pretty far.There goes Noah jumping into the lake!
The water is low enough for the kids to swim around safely.
The water is low enough for the kids to swim around safely.
The boys sitting on a rock by the water.
The boys sitting on a rock by the water.
Willow jumping in off of the rock.
Willow jumping in off of the rock.
Violet's turn to jump!
Violet's turn to jump!
The water was high but still safe to swim out pretty far.
The water was high but still safe to swim out pretty far.
There goes Noah jumping into the lake!
There goes Noah jumping into the lake!

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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

    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.

Items To Bring For A Day Trip To The Lake

  • Sunscreen.
  • Towels.
  • 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
  • Sunscreen.
  • 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).

Coleman Freestanding Tent Fan
Coleman Freestanding Tent Fan

This would be a great thing to have for those warm nights camping, especially at Folsom Lake.

 
Cuisinart GC-17N Griddler Grill Centro 1700-Watt 2-Tier Grill/Griddle with Rotating Skewers
Cuisinart GC-17N Griddler Grill Centro 1700-Watt 2-Tier Grill/Griddle with Rotating Skewers

I thought this looked really nice and the price is less some of the regular Coleman camping stoves.

 
Coleman Camping Coffeemaker
Coleman Camping Coffeemaker

Now, this would be a cool thing to have, I think I will get one!

 

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      SpenceG 5 years ago

      Far from me, but real close to my uncle's house. Doable once we visit him.

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      erin-elise 5 years ago

      @Success_At_School: Thanks for reading my lens and for your feedback.

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      spids1 5 years ago

      great lens love this!

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      erin-elise 5 years ago

      @leonasharon: Thank you!

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      I'd love to take the kids camping there, it looks so nice!

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      cleanyoucar 5 years ago

      Wow looks like a nice place to visit! I love nature

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      fryroost 5 years ago

      love such kinda trip! :)

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      Success_At_School 5 years ago

      I love a good day trip. Thanks for this@

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Love this lake.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      Looks like the kids had a great time. It's nice to see family together.

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      erin-elise 5 years ago

      @DrJeff7: Dr. Jeff7,

      How nice that you are heading out this way. Which campground are you staying at? You have made reservations right? I'm not trying to ask a dumb question its just that sometimes these places are really crowded. Just want to make sure. Well, the temperatures have been relatively mild with a slight breeze, which helps, especially near the water. The mosquitoes are getting bad this year too so make sure you bring something for that. I think the temperatures are supposed to be in the 90s next week, so at least you won't have any over 100 degree temperatures. But that could change. The lake is nice to swim in and it's great for kids. Evenings can get cool as sometimes the wind comes up (The Delta Breeze) so bring sweatshirts and warmer type clothes for evening, night and early morning. It usually begins to cool off after 10:00 p.m., sometimes earlier, and it usually begins to heat up around 9:00 a.m.. Bring plenty of sunscreen.

      A mixed animal veterinarian sounds very interesting. As a child, that's what I wanted to be when I grew up, but that's not what I ended up doing. It must be a rewarding and sometimes challenging profession.

      Thanks for reading my lens. I wish you safe travels -- have a great trip. Erin

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      davecurrtis 5 years ago

      The shot you have in your intro is really great, this trip sure looks fun. Great lense.

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      erin-elise 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you!

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      erin-elise 5 years ago

      @NewUsedCarsSacramento: Hi, thank you for reading my lens. I appreciate your feedback.

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      erin-elise 5 years ago

      @melisar lm: Wow, where are you from? Maybe someday you will be able to travel to this side of the world. Thanks for reading my lens and take care, Erin

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      erin-elise 5 years ago

      @sheezie77: Thank you, I really appreciate everyone's feedback and such nice comments.

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      erin-elise 5 years ago

      @bwet: Thank you so much!

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      erin-elise 5 years ago

      @aviwolfson: Hi Wolfyy7, I just wanted to say thanks again. I posted on your profile because my son's name is Wolfie so it just caught my attention.

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      erin-elise 5 years ago

      @intermarks: Water is very nice. I enjoy being by the water too.

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      erin-elise 5 years ago

      @anupma lm: Yes, it is a beautiful lake. Lake Tahoe is really beautiful too. Thanks for reading my lens.

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      erin-elise 5 years ago

      @Nanciajohnson: Hi LilMonkey, Thanks for reading my lens, I'm so glad that the photos brought back memories. Has it been long since you've been in the area? You would probably be surprised at the size of Rocklin (and the surrounding areas) these days, it has grown so much just over the last few years. Thank you for reading my lens, I'm glad you liked the pictures -- the water was really blue that day and the weather was great. Since you've lived here, you know how hot the summers can be -- downright miserable sometimes. Take care!

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      erin-elise 5 years ago

      @victoriuh: It's definitely a good place to take kids. They did have a great time that day. The weather was perfect. Thanks for reading my lens. Have a nice day!

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      erin-elise 5 years ago

      @JoshK47: Thanks!

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      erin-elise 5 years ago

      @Michey LM: Thank you! It is pretty fun there, especially when the weather is mild. Thank you for complimenting my pictures. I love taking pictures, but I especially enjoy sharing them with others because so often they are just uploaded from the camera or phone and I'm the only one who really ever sees them. : )

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      erin-elise 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks.

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      DrJeff7 5 years ago

      We are headed out to the campground next week. WE are hoping for a break in the hot temperatures.

      DrJeff7

      http://heritagebreedsfarm.com

      I am laughing at the moment as my security work is cownerd....I am a mixed animal veterinarian...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens i love it

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      NewUsedCarsSacramento 5 years ago

      Hi,

      This lens can be a good travel guide. Thanks for this.

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      melisar lm 5 years ago

      Looks great over there! Too bad it's on the other side of the world for me :-(

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      erin-elise 5 years ago

      @leonasharon: Thank you.

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      erin-elise 5 years ago

      @squidoogiftsfor: Thanks! Tahoe and Pyramid Lakes are beautiful, I love the mountains. Folsom is different of course because it's lower, but it's still beautiful too. Thanks for your visit to my lens.

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      erin-elise 5 years ago

      @lilcowgirl916: Yes, I like going to Negro Bar too. Have you always lived in Sacramento? Thanks for visiting my lens, it's nice to meet someone on Squidoo from the same town.

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      sheezie77 5 years ago

      Nice lens, great job!

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      bwet 5 years ago

      very great lens!

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      Avi Wolfson 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great lens, thanks for sharing!

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      I like water, so whatever that come to water, I will love it.

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      anupma lm 5 years ago

      I want to be there. beautiful Lake.

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      Thanks for the memories. We lived in Rocklin for almost 15 years while my sons were growing up. We visited Folsom Lake numerous times. I love your photos, the water is so blue.

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      victoriuh 5 years ago

      Went there as a kid! Looks like your kids had a great time :)

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Awesome information - looks like a lovely place!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Awesome website thanks the admin of this website. So carry on.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Awesome website thanks the admin of this website. So carry on.

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Looks like a lot of fun... all the Pictures are great, but I love the intro picture.

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      squidoogiftsfor 5 years ago

      Great lens Erin, I'be been around Tahoe and on Pyramid but not Falsom

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      leonasharon 5 years ago

      Lovely pics

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      Charlotte Green 5 years ago

      It looks amazing there.

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      dream1983 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens, great job!

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      AustriaChick 5 years ago

      Looks like a fun way to spend the afternoon!

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I always like to go to a lake.

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      lilcowgirl916 5 years ago

      Hi I am fom Sacramento and I have enjoyed for many years going to Folsom Lake especially swimming at Negro Bar.

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      ceejaycmarshall 5 years ago

      We must live in the same area. :P Great lens!

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      erin-elise 5 years ago

      @julescorriere: Hi alwaysjules, it is a great place to bring a family. My kids love going to the lake. Thank you very much for the congratulations and the blessing. Happy Friday! Erin

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      Jules Corriere 5 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      This looks like a really great place to bring a family. Congratulations on making the Monster Board for Local Hot Spots. Blessed.