Lake Natoma Adventure Guide

Folsom, California

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Lake Natoma, located between the Folsom and Nimbus Dams, is a relaxing spot to enjoy a day of non-motorized water activities, wildlife watching, and picnicking along the lower American River.

Kayaking and Paddle Boarding

Lake Natoma is used almost exclusively for non-motorized water recreation. If you don’t own your own SUP or kayak, Sacramento State University’s Aquatic Center offers reasonable canoe, SUP, and kayak hourly rentals. The water is slow-moving along most of the lake, and there are great spots for wildlife watching and swimming. 


The designated launch areas along Lake Natoma offer plenty of parking, shaded picnic tables, BBQ grills, and restrooms.

Bird/Wildlife Watching

Turtle Alley and Cattail Cove are offshoots of the lake that are only accessible when the water is high. You are guaranteed to see many sunbathing turtles in this spot. 

Duck Lagoon across the lake from the Ranger’s House is a great place to bird-watch or paddle over to pick some blackberries. 

Launch Areas for Boats, SUP’s and Kayak

Nimbus Dam Boat Ramp Willow Creek Boat Ramp Black Miners Bar Gold Lake Dr. Put-In

About 4 miles long and perfect for a variety of outdoor activities, Lake Natoma is a top local pick for relaxing outdoor recreation in the greater Sacramento area.

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