Lake Natoma - Sacramento, CA - California - Lake Natoma
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Lake Natoma
GPS Coordinates: N 38° 40.792 W 121° 11.024
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Lake Natoma was created by Nimbus Dam when it was built across the American River. It is a regulating reservoir for releases from Folsom Lake. Lake Natoma is an excellent facility for non-motorized boat recreation. Motorized boating is also allowed, but there is a 5 mph speed limit on the entire lake. Crew races, sailing, kayaking and other aquatic sports are popular activities at the lake.
Lake Natoma offers good fishing for both cold and warm water species including rainbow trout, brown trout, black bass, crappie and bluegill. A valid California fishing license is required to fish. An accessible pier and fishing platform are available along the lake.

Facilities: Lake Natoma has one group campground, 11 miles of paved bicycle trails, 6 miles of multi-use trails and excellent year-round bank or boat fishing. Two launch ramps provide continuous boat launching access year-round, in addition to one car-top boat launch area.

Best Time To Visit: Lake Natoma is usually open 7 days per week, summer hours (April 1-October 15) are 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Winter hours (October 16 - March 30) are 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Campsites must be paid for in advance. To hold a campsite, it must be reserved or occupied. Checkout time is 12:00 noon. Camping limit in any one campground is 30 days per calendar year.

Fees: At most California State Parks, day use fees are charged for parking only. There is no charge to walk or bike into these parks. Most historical parks and museums charge a day use fee per person.

Accessibility: Unknown

Rules: Disturbance or destruction of natural scenery, plants and animals resources is strictly forbidden. Loaded firearms and hunting are not permitted. Park quite hours are between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. All vehicle travel must be confined to designated roads or areas. Please clean up after yourself so that others may enjoy the beauty of these parks.

Fires are permitted only in facilities provided for this purpose. Gathering of down wood is prohibited. Portable stoves may be used in designated areas. All fireworks are prohibited.
Animals may not be turned loose in park units. All animals, other than grazing animals, must be under immediate physical control. Dogs must be on a tended leash no more than 6 feet or confined in an enclosed vehicle, tent or pen. Dogs, other than those that assist the permanently disabled, are prohibited on trails, beaches, and wherever posted.

Directions: Folsom Lake State Recreation Area is located in the Sierra-Nevada foothills about 25 miles east of Sacramento and can be reached via either Highway 50 or I-80. Folsom Lake has many access points and entrances. The administrative office is located at the base of Folsom Dam at the corner of Folsom-Auburn Road and Dam Road in Folsom, California.

Map: Click here for a map to Lake Natoma

Reservations: Lake Natoma does not accept reservations.

Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
7806 Folsom-Auburn Road
Folsom, California 95630-1797
General: (916) 988-0205
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