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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.
The 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.
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.
Lake 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.