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Lake Information for Folsom Lake


Folsom Lake is a reservoir in Northern California about 25 mi (40 km) northeast of Sacramento in Placer, El Dorado, and Sacramento Counties. The lake is formed by Folsom Dam, constructed in 1955 to control the American River. The dam and lake are part of the Folsom Project, which also includes the Nimbus afterbay reservoir and dam facilities. The Folsom Project, operated by the United States Bureau of Reclamation, is part of the Central Valley Project, a multipurpose project that provides flood control, hydroelectricity, drinking water and water for irrigation. The Folsom Lake State Recreation Area is managed by the California Department of Parks and Recreation. When the dam was built it was designed to hold 1,010,00 acre-feet with a surface area of 11,450 acres

Fishing Description: 

The 18,000 acre (73 kmĀ²) lake and recreation area offers opportunities for hiking, biking, running, camping, picnicking, horseback riding, water-skiing and boating. Fishing offers trout, catfish, largemouth and smallmouth bass or yellow perch.

Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Lake Trout
Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
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Folsom Lake
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Businesses Located Nearby

Bait & Tackle

    Fruitridge Bait & Tackle Shop
  • 4131 Fruitridge Rd - Sacramento, CA
  • (916) 456-7506

Boat Rental

    Folsom Lake Boat Rentals
  • Folsom Lake State Park - Granite Bay, CA
  • (916) 223-8129

Vacation Rental

    Vacation Property Profits
  • - Folsom, CA
  • (916) 295-4235
    Trident Vacation Rentals
  • 4619 Auburn Blvd - Sacramento, CA
  • (916) 484-0233
    Glenbrook Vacation Rental
  • 184 Glenbrook Dr - Grass Valley, CA
  • (530) 273-4249

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