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Lake Natoma

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Address: Folsom, CA

This tranquil lake offers plenty of water activities and a laid back feel.

This tranquil lake offers plenty of water activities and a laid back feel.

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Top notch for water activities

Lake Natoma is both a State Recreational Area and home to the Sacramento State (college) Aquatic Center. This is a great place to visit whether you want to participate or just... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 August 2016
Vince F
Folsom, California
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Folsom, California
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30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Lake Natoma is both a State Recreational Area and home to the Sacramento State (college) Aquatic Center. This is a great place to visit whether you want to participate or just visit as a tourist. The facilities are so much more advanced than your regular community pool or whatever. They have all kinds of water-craft rentals; paddle boards, boats, sailboats,... More 

1 Thank Vince F
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29 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

This lakeparj is really something. The nature itself iz amazing, sort of like an untouched pocket paradise. You can walk around the lake, go for a swim, or try rowing, kayaking or board peddaling. Ideal for a weekend picnic, a barbicue with family and/or friends. Parking is 10$ per day, kayak amd board are 15$ per hour, although you can... More 

1 Thank Djole S
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

This is the perfect place for leisurely kayaking or SUP. No motorized vessels is a huge plus. We usually stay toward the Folsom end as that's were we live. You can put in at Willowcreek or Negro Bar State Rec. areas so there is a small fee. You can also put in near Hazel Ave. but I don't know the... More 

Thank Jean C
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Bike, kayak, hike, horseback ride, stand-up paddleboard, feed ducks, fish, sunbathe, swim, volleyball...you name it you can find a place to do it at Lake Natoma! This is Folsom City and the surrounding area's jewel. I've picked blackberries from a kayak, explored the trails, both paved and unpaved, and on foot, running, and biking, each a different experience. Picnic tables... More 

Thank Debbie K
Folsom, California
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18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

In Folsom it is possible to ride around Lake Natoma. It is 13 miles total. If you don't want to ride a bike you can also walk.

Thank Lisa L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

Good clean water,.friendly people, not too crowded, $10 parking though If you can fit very small area with free parking on gravel just before booth.

1 Thank courtney m
Sacramento, California
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65 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

They charge $15/hr for each kayak, (even if one is for 2 people), so you can have fun with a buddy for a decent price. One of you must be 18 or over, and they will hold your photo ID. There can be quite a wait, so expect that. it went even slower when we returned the kayak. I wished... More 

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Sacramento, California, United States
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233 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

Lake Natoma has a couple of attractions - it has a very good aquatic center where you can rent boats; it has miles of hiking trails and it has the National Collegiate Rowing Championships in the spring.

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West Sacramento, California
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284 reviews
118 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

A great place to relax and get away from the daily grind. Walking trails, take your bike and find a great place to have lunch! Enjoy watching people on the lake having fun, Aquatic Center will help you with this. Little more water this year yeah!! Recommend for a great day out!

Thank 1Greg0007
Folsom, Callifornia
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51 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

Lake Natoma has three public access points, including Negro Bar State Park, Willow Creek State Park and the Sacramento County park at Hazel Avenue. The water in this lake is cold, as it comes from the bottom of Folsom Lake and basically passes through before being released to the American River. So its not good for swimming. It is a... More 

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