Welcome to Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
Located in the Sierra Nevada foothills, approximately 25 miles northeast of Sacramento, Folsom Lake is one of the most popular lakes in northern California. Attracting nearly three million people per year, the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area is also one of the most visited recreation areas in the California State Park system.
Situated at the confluence of the north and south forks of the American River, Folsom Lake has approximately 75 miles of shoreline. The lake is formed by Folsom Dam, constructed in 1955 to control the flow of the American River, and it spans across three California counties; Placer, El Dorado, and Sacramento counties. The total capacity of Folsom Lake is 977,000 acre-feet of water.
Folsom Lake provides an abundance of recreational opportunities including swimming, fishing, boating, water skiing, wakeboarding, jet skiing, sailing, windsurfing, and camping. Hikers, cyclists, equestrians, and nature enthusiasts alike enjoy the many miles of trails and wildlife within the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area. The Folsom Lake State Recreation Area covers nearly 19,500 acres.