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Lake Natoma             

Kayaking Lake Natoma
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Lake Natoma Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information

Lake Natoma is the site of many special events, including fishing tournaments, rowing competitions, and running races other activities that take place throughout the year. It also offers some of the best possible kayaking, SUP paddling, sailing, kayak fishing, hiking, and biking experiences.

kayak fishing Lake NatomaThe breathtaking scenery and restriction of motorized boats make this a superb paddling destination. Recreation at Lake Natoma is managed by the California Department of Parks and Recreation under agreement with the Bureau of Reclamation.

There are no camping facilities at Lake Natoma. The nearest campground is located at Folsom Lake. The main sandy beach has restrooms and picnic tables.

Lake Natoma is located near the famous Folsom Prison, of which you can catch a glimpse while paddling your kayak. Do not paddle past the “No Trespassing” sign, or you may have an encounter with a Folsom Prison correctional officer.

Jan Feb Mar Apr Jay Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 54 61 65 72 80 89 95 94 89 79 64 55
Low 39 42 45 47 52 57 61 60 58 53 45 39

Open: Boating is allowed daily all year from sunrise to sunset. The boat speed limit is 5 m.p.h. Gas powered motors are not allowed between Willow Creek and Nimbus Dam.

Fees: There is a day use fee, but no fee to launch.

The Best Places to Kayak in California Guide BookLake Facilities: The lake facilities include two boat launches, vault toilets, sailing, windsurfing, a hiking and bicycling path around the lake, horseback riding, fishing and swimming. Powerboats and jet skiing are not permitted. Pets are allowed on a leash.


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