Folsom Lake is located in the Sierra-Nevada foothills about 25 miles east of Sacramento. The lake can be reached from either Highway 50 or I-80. Folsom Lake has many access points and entrances. The administrative offices are located at the base of Folsom Dam at the corner of Folsom-Auburn Road and Dam Road in Folsom, California. The lake offers fishing, biking, running, camping, picnicking, horseback riding, water skiing, and boating. Folsom Lake is surrounded by restaurants, motels, and everything else that comes along with a medium sized city. This lake has a very unique bottom, with various rock piles, anchored groupings of Christmas trees, and barely submerged islands, so be careful not to dive into the lake head first.
The park has multiple entrances most of which are fairly easily accessed by either Interstate 80 to Douglas Blvd.(east), or Highway 50 to Hazel Ave., or Folsom Blvd., (north), as well as Highway 50 to El Dorado Hills Blvd to Green Valley Road.
Folsom Lake Webcam
Want a view of Folsom Lake. Click here for the Folsom Lake Webcam
Folsom Lake Information from the California State Parks Website
Visit this site for more information: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=500
Folsom Lake Launch Ramps
Click here for Folsom Lake launch ramp information provided by the Folsom Lake Marina.
191 sites for tent and RV at various locations around the lake
Directions to the Peninsula campground :
80 east Reno -
From Hwy 80 take the Elm St. exit out of the city of Auburn, at the 1st light make a left, at your very next light you will make another left that is High St. High St turns into Hwy 49 you will travel on Hwy 49 for 10 miles towards the city of Cool. You will enter a small town called Pilot Hill from that small town you will turn right on Rattlesnake Bar Rd. that road will dead end into the campground in 9 miles.
Hwy 50 South Lake Tahoe -
From Hwy 50 you will take the El Dorado Hills Blvd. exit go north on El Dorado hills for about 10 miles (at some point the road changes names to Salmon Falls Rd.) you will enter the small town of Pilot Hill you will make a left on Rattlesnake Bar Rd. which dead ends onto the campground in 9 miles.
Directions to the Beals Point campground:
80 east Reno -
From Hwy 80 you will take the Douglas Blvd. exit out of the city of Roseville. Go east on Douglas for about 6 miles make a right on Auburn-Folsom Rd. go about 2 ½ miles until you come to a stop light the sign will say Beals Point and you make a left.
Hwy 50 South Lake Tahoe -
Take the Folsom Blvd. exit go north on Folsom for about 7 miles (the road will change names to Folsom-Auburn) you will come to a stop light, the sign will say Baals Point and you make a right.
All boating allowed
Full service marina
5 boat ramps
Folsom Lake Map
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Here's an example of one of the nice King Salmon that can be caught off of Folsom Lake. This 6 pound, 25 inch King Salmon was caught on 09/06/2009 by Brian Mendenhall. Full details of this catch, and more like it, can be found in our Fishing Forum.
How To Catch Fish On Folsom Lake
Folsom has been kicking out some very nice rainbow trout with a few king salmon in the mix for some lucky anglers. The trout are very impressive on Folsom Lake, with reports coming in of numerous fish being caught in the 3-4 pound range.
Boat based anglers have been doing very well with spoons, F5 and F8 rapala's, flies, streamers, and apex's. Trolling in the top 15 feet of water for the trout and up to 35 feet deep for the salmon works well for most of the cold and cooler months. For the warmer months, the trout can be found in the 25 feet depths, and the kings tend to head down to 75 feet and deeper. The kings have been hit and miss but the ones that we have seen came on spoons and rolled shad.
Shore based anglers have scored good numbers with some reporting limits. Crawlers, chartreuse with glitter power bait and live minnows seem to be the bait of choice.