Folsom Lake is perhaps the most popular of all attractions in the city of Folsom. What’s not to like? Miles of beach, an endless supply of coves, 5 spots to launch a boat, and fresh water so clear, you can sometimes see to the bottom. If you are a boat owner, Folsom Lake is probably your home away from home in the summertime. You don’t have to own a boat however, if you hike, bike, camp, fish, picnic, or just like to sight-see, Folsom Lake is a great place to do it.
The best times to visit the lake are generally April through September. The temperature can get pretty hot (100+ at times), although it usually is very dry as well. Make sure you bring some sunscreen and sandals, as the terrain is pretty rocky.
If you’re looking to camp at Folsom Lake, you’ll want to reserve a spot ahead of time by calling 1-800-444-7275. Once you have reserved a campground, they are first-come, first-served, so you may want to head out from work a little early on Friday to get the best spot
If you’re just looking for a great day at the beach, the best places to do it are Granite Bay or Beal’s Point. Both are open from 10-7 every day and includes various amenities, such as bike trails, snack bars, and overnight camping. As with boating, the water level varies from month to month, depending on the amount of rainfall in the wintertime. Usually by October, the water level is too low for boating, although it usually is very good throughout the summer.