Folsom Lake

State Recreation Area - California

The Folsom Lake State Recreation Area surrounds Folsom Lake in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, and is managed by the California Department of Parks and Recreation. It is located near the city of Folsom, California, about 25 miles (40 km) east of Sacramento.

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https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=500 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folsom_Lake_State_Recreation_Area The Folsom Lake State Recreation Area surrounds Folsom Lake in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, and is managed by the California Department of Parks and Recreation. It is located near the city of Folsom, California, about 25 miles (40 km) east of Sacramento.
Our Mission Folsom Lake State Recreation Area The mission of California State Parks is to provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state’s extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation. Folsom Lake’s miles of shoreline and waterside trails attract millions of boaters, equestrians, cyclists, California State Parks supports equal access. Prior to arrival, visitors with disabilities who need assistance should contact the park at (916) 988-0205. If you need this publication in an alternate format, contact interp@parks.ca.gov. CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS P.O. Box 942896 Sacramento, CA 94296-0001 For information call: (800) 777-0369 (916) 653-6995, outside the U.S. 711, TTY relay service www.parks.ca.gov Folsom Lake State Recreation Area 7755 Folsom-Auburn Road Folsom, CA 95630 (916) 988-0205 © 2008 California State Parks (Rev. 2016) and hikers each year. F olsom Lake State Recreation Area offers scenic panoramas of open grasslands, rolling hills, the Sierra Nevada, Sacramento Valley, and the Bay Area’s Mount Diablo. Folsom Lake State Scenic views Recreation Area covers 19,500 acres. Its two reservoirs, Folsom and Natoma, attract about two million visitors annually. The climate is typical of Sacramento area. Hot summers require a sunhat and sun block. In winter, fog brings a chill. Spring and fall offer rainy or warm days with cooler evenings and nights. PARK HISTORY Native People For thousands of years, the land near Folsom Lake belonged to the Southern Maidu or Nisenan (“from among us”). The Nisenan lived in temporary summer shelters made from peeled tree bark. In winter they dwelled in permanent villages on the American River. These villages had community buildings, including kum ceremonial and guest structures. The Nisenan traded with other native groups, exchanging local acorns for black oak acorns, manzanita berries, and sugar pine nuts. Coastal people traded with the Nisenan for oyster shells, shell beads, and basket materials. The Nisenan are still known worldwide for their woven baskets made from willow, redbud, tule, milkweed, sedge grass, and native grapevines. After the 1848 gold discovery, most of the Nisenan lands were given away as Spanish land grants. The native people were overwhelmed by the loss of their food sources and by diseases like smallpox. The Nisenan people were nearly decimated, but today their descendants live in nearby communities or on reservations. FOLSOM DAM Folsom Lake was created in 1955 by the construction of Folsom Dam, a concrete dam flanked by earth wing dams and dikes, with a total length of about nine miles. The shoreline extends about 15 miles up the forks of the American River. Lake level normally varies from 460 feet in early spring to less than 400 feet by summer. Downstream, behind Nimbus Dam, smaller Lake Natoma has about 500 surface acres of water. Built by the Bureau of Reclamation as part of California’s Central Valley Project, Nimbus and Folsom Dams control the waters of the American River and provide flood protection, household water supply, power, and irrigation. THE FOLSOM POWERHOUSE Nearby Folsom Powerhouse was built to harness the water power of the American River at the original Folsom Dam, completed by Folsom Prison laborers in 1893. The Powerhouse landmark, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a state historic park. PLANTS AND WILDLIFE Blue oaks, interior live oaks, foothill pines, and annual grasses dot the open woodlands. In the spring, blooming wildflowers include Indian paintbrush, larkspur, lupine, brodiaea, fiddleneck, dutchman’s pipe, and monkey flower. Black-tailed deer, raccoons, skunks, opossums, gray foxes, and coyotes are often seen in the park. Mountain lions and bobcats may occasionally be spotted. Beavers and river otters live in the Mormon Island Wetlands, a perfect area for bird watching. Nesting egrets, herons, and cormorants may be observed from the Willow Creek access. Year-round residents include Canada geese, blackbirds, scrub jays, quail, wrens, bushtits, and towhees. Wrentits and California thrashers sing in the chamise-chaparral. Look for kingfishers and grebes near the water. Red-tailed hawks, kestrels, ospreys, and eagles might be seen soaring over the lake. Folsom Lake and Dam Photo courtesy of Sacramento State Aquatic Center RECREATION from the town of Pilot Hill on Highway 49. Fishing  —  Folsom Beals Point Campground   Lake waters hold Just north of Folsom Dam, trout, catfish, Beals Point has 49 family largemouth and campsites and 20 RV hookup smallmouth bass, sites for trailers and motor perch, and kokanee homes up to 31 feet. A salmon. A valid sanitation station, piped California fishing drinking water, and wheelchairlicense is required. accessible restrooms with hot Lake Natoma’s showers are available nearby. accessible p
Nuestra Misión Área Recreativa Estatal Folsom Lake La misión de California State Parks es proporcionar apoyo para la salud, la inspiración y la educación de los ciudadanos de California al ayudar a preservar la extraordinaria diversidad biológica del estado, proteger sus más valiosos recursos naturales y culturales, y crear oportunidades para la recreación al aire libre de alta calidad. La gran extensión de la línea costera de Folsom Lake y los senderos de la ribera atraen cada año a millones de navegantes, jinetes, California State Parks apoya la igualdad de acceso. Antes de llegar, los visitantes con discapacidades que necesiten asistencia deben comunicarse con el parque llamando al (530) 525-3345. Si necesita esta publicación en un formato alternativo, comuníquese con interp@parks.ca.gov. CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS P.O. Box 942896 Sacramento, CA 94296-0001 Para obtener más información, llame al: (800) 777-0369 o (916) 653-6995, fuera de los EE. UU. o 711, servicio de teléfono de texto. www.parks.ca.gov Folsom Lake State Recreation Area 7755 Folsom-Auburn Road Folsom, CA 95630 (916) 988-0205 © 2008 California State Parks (Rev. 2016) ciclistas y excursionistas. E l Área Recreativa Estatal Folsom Lake brinda panoramas pintorescos de praderas amplias, colinas onduladas, la Sierra Nevada, el Valle de Sacramento y el área del Monte Vista pintoresca Diablo. El Área Recreativa Estatal Folsom Lake cubre 19,500 acres. Sus dos reservorios, Folsom y Natoma, atraen anualmente cerca de dos millones de visitantes. El clima es el típico de la zona de Sacramento. Los calurosos veranos requieren del uso de sombreo para el sol y protección solar. En el invierno, la niebla trae un clima fresco. La primavera y el otoño tienen días cálidos y lluviosos con tardes y noches más frescas. HISTORIA DEL PARQUE Pueblos nativos Por miles de años, la tierra cercana a Folsom Lake perteneció a los nisenan (que significa “entre nosotros”) o maidú del sur. En el verano, los nisenan vivían en refugios temporales fabricados con cortezas de árboles. En el invierno, residían de forma permanente en villas sobre el Río de los Americanos. Estas villas tenían edificios comunitarios que incluían un kum (casa de danzas) ceremonial y estructuras para invitados. Los nisenan comerciaban con otros grupos nativos e intercambiaban bellotas locales por bellotas de roble negro, manzanita y piñas del pino de azúcar. Los pueblos costeros comerciaban con los nisenan las conchas de las ostras, cuentas de concha y materiales para los canastos. Aún son conocidos en todo el mundo por sus canastos tejidos hechos con sauce, tule, asclepias, pastos ciperáceos y vides nativas. Luego del descubrimiento de oro de 1848, la mayoría de las tierras de los nisenan se cedieron como concesiones de tierras españolas. Los pueblos nativos estaban agobiados por la pérdida de sus fuentes de alimentos y por enfermedades como la viruela. El pueblo nisenan fue casi diezmado, sin embargo, en la actualidad sus descendientes viven en comunidades cercanas o en reservas. EL EMBALSE FOLSOM Folsom Lake fue creado en 1955 por la construcción de la represa que lleva su nombre, una estructura de concreto rodeada por estribos de tierra y diques con un largo total de aproximadamente nueve millas. La línea costera se extiende unas 15 millas hacia los tributarios del Río de los Americanos. El nivel del lago normalmente varía de 460 pies, a principios de la primavera, a menos de 400 pies en el verano. Río abajo, detrás de la represa Nimbus, el lago Natoma, más pequeño, cuenta con una superficie de 500 acres de agua. Construido por la Oficina de recuperación (Bureau of Reclamation) como parte del proyecto del Valle Central de California, las represas Nimbus y Folsom controlan el agua del Río de los Americanos y proporcionan protección contra las inundaciones y suministran agua, energía y riego para las viviendas. CENTRAL ELÉCTRICA FOLSOM La cercana central eléctrica Folsom se creó para aprovechar la energía hídrica del Río de los Americanos en la represa Folsom original que fue terminada por trabajadores de la prisión Folsom en 1893. La central eléctrica se encuentra en la lista del Registro Nacional de Lugares Históricos y es un parque estatal histórico. PLANTAS Y VIDA SILVESTRE El roble azul, el pino gris, y las hierbas anuales se distribuyen por los bosques abiertos. En la primavera, las flores silvestres Folsom Lake y represa Photo courtesy of Sacramento State Aquatic Center que eclosionan salmones rojos. Es necesario incluyen castilleja, contar con una licencia de Delphinium, lupín, pesca válida para California. Brodiaea, Amsinckia El embarcadero y la plataforma y flor mono. de pesca accesibles del lago A menudo se Natoma se encuentra en ven ciervos mulo, Nimbus Flat. mapaches, zorrinos, Navegación —  Las didélfidos, zorros instalaciones para las grises y coyotes. embarcaciones se encuentran Los pumas y linces en varios lugares alrededor se pueden ver del lago (ver los detalles en oc
Folsom Lake State Recreation Area ! Wel come 7806 Folsom-Auburn Road • Folsom, CA. 95630 • 916-988-0205 RATTLESNAKES are common to the area and are important members of the natural community. They will not attack, but if disturbed or cornered, will defend themselves. Give them distance and respect. BOATERS should be alert for floating debris, particularly in spring, and underwater hazards created as the lake draws down in the summer. QUIET HOURS are from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Generators may be operated from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Radios and other sound-producing devices must not be audible beyond your immediate campsite regardless of the time, day or night. CHECKOUT TIME is noon. If you wish to stay another night, please re-register by 10 a.m. after the official closing hour is prohibited. All boats must be moored out of the main traffic channels and within 200 feet of shore. On board camping is allowed only in the North and South Fork area. Call the district office for registration, vessel specifications, mooring locations and rules and regulations at 916-988-0205. CAMPGROUND FACILITIES are for registered occupants only. Flush toilets and piped drinking water are available in the campground area. FISHING is perhaps the most popular activity at Folsom Lake. The fish varieties include trout, catfish, large and smallmouth bass, perch and kokanee. Bottom fishermen have even caught sturgeon. Fishing regulations change annually, check with the California Sport Fishing Regulations for current changes in catch limits and licensing requirements. Au l Salmon H il Ra tt bu rn sn a -Fo lso m Rd. k e Bar Rd. . PETS are not permitted to run loose in a state park; they must be under immediate control of a person and on a leash no more than six feet CAMPING RESERVATIONS are advised during long. They are peak seasons, allowed only in weekends, and Wild Goose the campground, Rd holidays to ensure Rattlesnake Flats Bar picnic area and your stay. You may Anderson parking area. At make camping Island 80 night they must reservations up to Horseshoe ot Bar be confined in a le Pil seven months and Beeks tent, camper or no less than 48 Bight enclosed vehicle. hours in advance Penninsula by contacting Campground Dotons FIREWOOD: Point ReserveAmerica Please do not Douglas Blvd. at 800-444-7275, Granite collect dead or Bay TDD 800-274-7275. down wood, as Folsom Reservations may Brown’s Beals it is an essential Ravine Point a V Lake l l e n be charged to your e y Gre R part of the park’s Folsom Folsom Lake VISA®, Discover® Dam natural recycling Marina Folsom or MasterCard®. systems. Also, no Point Mormon To make online Island ground fires are reservations, visit allowed. a our website at m lvd ato d. . i BOAT CAMPING N www.parks.ca.gov. E. Ra v e u P l is prohibited on lac B er v i lle Rd. shore. Boating 50 Rd. ne Folsom Blv S t. Main Ave. d. B ill s oH E l D orad Discover the many states of California.TM © 2009 California State Parks PLEASE REMEMBER: • Swim at designated Swim beaches only, and if available, swim where a lifegaurd is on duty. • Poison oak is nearly everywhere in the park. “Leaves of three, let them be!” Check with staff for further information. • Do not swim in unfamiliar areas which may harbor dangerous currents, deep holes, debris, and other hazards. • Effective March 1, 2003, the consumption of any alcoholic beverage in all dayuse areas and all shorelines of Folsom Lake and Lake Natoma is prohibited. • Diving or jumping are extremely hazardous in unfamiliar water and against the law in a state park (California Code of Regulations, Title 14, 4656). • Always wear a life jacket or other floatation device when working around water or participating in water activities. • Always respect the rights of others to enjoy the water. Folsom Lake State Recreation Area Beals Point Campground 9-1-1 Your Site # _____ 53 52 55 59 57 61 67 65 68 in Swimm 69 64 63 ROAD KIOSK 2 AUBURN-FOLSOM 5 6 4 8 9 14 10 To Folsom (map not to scale) 45 44 43 41 42 7 39 38 15 37 35 16 13 17 33 19 34 18 20 32 22 31 2624 21 30 28 23 29 27 25 12 h DAY-USE PARKING 1 49 48 47 3 11 m L a ke g beac 58 66 62 so Fo l 50 36 LEGEND # Accessible Campsite Accessible Feature Bike Trail Campfire Station First Aid Parking Restrooms R.V. Sanitation Shower Snackbar Swimming Telephones Trails This publication is available in large font on request: 800-777-0369 or 916-653-6995 so 60 51 56 Fo l To Granite Bay 54 All emergencies dial m La ke

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