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Folsom Lake Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information
Folsom Lake lies along the American River at the base of the Sierra foothills, surrounded by panoramic views of rolling hills that come alive with wildflowers in the early spring. The lake is located about 30 miles east of Sacramento, in Northern California's Gold Country, at 455’ feet elevation.
Folsom Lake provides some of the best paddling experiences imaginable throughout its 75 shoreline miles. You’ll find sandy beaches and an endless supply of secluded coves, with water so clear you can see to the bottom.
Folsom Lake contains a large variety and good population of fish including rainbow and brown trout, kokanee salmon, crappie, catfish, bluegill, perch, sturgeon, and large and smallmouth bass. This lake provides pretty good bass action throughout the year especially in the winter and spring when there isn’t as much watercraft traffic.
Open: Kayaking is allowed year-round, seven days a week from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. from April 1st to October 14th and from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. October 15th to March 31st. The boat speed limit is 5 m.p.h. after sunset. Rattlesnake Bar will be closed while the lake elevation is below 425’.
Fees: There are fees to camp, to launch, for pets and for day use.
Lake Facilities: The lake facilities thirty-two miles of paved hiking and bicycling trails, swimming, horseback riding, four boat launches, windsurfing, jet and waterskiing, sailing, power boating, fishing, boat rentals, a full-service marina, a snack bar, general store and visitors center. Leashed pets are permitted.
If you plan to camp here on a weekend or on a holiday, due to the seasonal volume of park visitors it is strongly advised to make your camping reservations well in advance. Camping reservations are required. They do not accept walk-ins. Be prepared for a crowded picnic and camping area and dodging jet skis and powerboats.