Placer, Sacramento, and El Dorado Counties Northern California

Folsom Lake Boating


Boating on Folsom Lake: Marinas, Launch Ramps, Docks, Boat Rentals, Boating Events




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Folsom Lake Yacht Club

Organized in 1956, Folsom Lake Yacht Club has been promoting sailing activities at Folsom Lake for more than 50 years.

The club sponsors a full calendar of sailing events during the year, including the Camellia Cup Regatta, the Trans-Folsom Regatta, and the Single-handed Regatta.
Folsom Lake Yacht Club
PO Box 156, Folsom, CA 95763
Folsom Lake Yacht Club

Catalina 22 Fleet 4

Catalina 22 Fleet 4 is a sailing club based in Sacramento. They promote family cruising and Catalina 22 One design racing, often at Folsom Lake.

They hold monthly meetings at the Fair Oaks Library in Sacramento and have a full schedule of events listed on their website:
C 22 Fleet 4

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Folsom Boating in a Nutshell


  • Water Skiing, Wake Boarding, Tubing: Folsom Lake is a great place for all kinds of water sports.
  • Jet Skiing, Patio Boats, Fishing Boats, Pleasure Cruisers: They're all out on the lake.
  • Sailing: Several sailing clubs make Folsom Lake their home water.
  • Kayaking, Canoeing, Row Boats, Rafts, Pedal Boats - Equipment Rentals at Beal's Point and Granite Bay
  • Windsurfing Rentals and Lessons at Beal's Point and Granite Bay

Folsom Lake State Recreation Area Fees


  • Day Use - $10 - $12 for One Vehicle
  • Boat Launch $10
  • Senior Day Use (62+) - $9 - $11
  • Annual Passes Available

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Folsom Lake Marina

Folsom Lake Marina is the only marina on Folsom Lake. It is located at Browns Ravine off Green Valley Road at the south end of the lake, in the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area.
(916) 933-1300     Website: Folsom Lake Marina

Marina:

  • Main Launch Ramp   4-lane Ramp, Courtesy Docks
  • Hobie Cove Launch Ramp   4-lane Ramp, 2 Docks, Only used when water level is below 436'
  • Slips:   685 wet slips and 175 dry storage (long waiting list for slips)
  • Facilities:   Snack Bar, Bait and Tackle Shop, Fuel Dock
  • Marina Webcam: Folsom Lake Marina Webcam
  • Pictures: Folsom Lake at Low Water Levels in 2007

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Boat Rentals at Folsom Lake

Folsom Lake Boat Rentals


Located at Granite Bay on the north shore. Follow Douglas Boulevard into the park and then follow signs to the Boat Launch Ramps.
(916) 223-8129   Folsom Lake Boat Rentals
Bring cash and check to pay security deposits; no credit cards for security deposits.

Folsom Lake Boat Rentals
Boat Size Seats Features Half Day Full Day
*$1000 deposit ($400 cash + $600 check)   **$1,200 deposit ($500 cash, $700 check)
Half day is 3.5 hours, Full day is 7 hours. Prices subject to change.
Glastron 195SX Ski Boat* 19.5' 7 Open Bow, V8 Volvo, Stern Sundeck $325 $425
Crownline Ski Boat* 6-7 Open Bow, Vortec V-6 $295 $395
Super Air Natique 210** 21' 8-10 Tower, Vortex Excalibur V drive engine $365 $525
Four Winns 190 Horizon Ski Boat* 18.5' 7-8 V8 Volvo, Stern Sundeck $325 $425
Glastron GT205 Wakeboarding Boat* 20.5' 8 Tower, Open Bow $350 $450
Tahoe Sierra Grand Patio Cruiser* 24' 14 Bimini Top, Stern Sundeck, Can Tow a Skier $395 $525
Bennington 185GL Pontoon Boat* 18.5' 8 50 HP Yamaha, Fishing Allowed $295 $395

Granite Bay Personal Watercraft Rentals

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Located at Granite Bay on the north shore. Follow Douglas Boulevard into the park and then follow signs to the Boat Launch Ramps.
(916) 910-5335   Granite Bay Rentals, Inc.
Sea Doo Personal Watercrafts, Seat 3, fuel is extra
Weekdays: 2 hours for $130, 3.5 hours for $185, and 6 hours for $250
Weekends and Holidays: 2 hours for $150, 3.5 hours for $225, and 6 hours for $295
Note: $500 Security Deposit. All payments and deposits by credit card or cash.
Prices subject to change.


Beal's Point - Papi's Kitchen Boat Rentals


Located at Beal's Point, the Snack Bar rents kayaks, rafts, and other small, non-motorized watercraft as well as beach equipment.

Granite Bay Snack Bar Boat Rentals


Located at Granite Bay, the Snack Bar rents kayaks, rafts, and other small, non-motorized watercraft as well as beach equipment.

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Folsom Lake Boat Launch Ramps


Folsom Lake Boat Launch Ramps
Boat Ramp Location Lanes Water Elevation Range When Ramps Are Open
*Approach on Rattlesnake Bar Road from Pilot Hill on Highway 49, north of the lake
Brown's Ravine Main Ramp Southeast side of lake 4 465' - 399'
Brown's Ravine Hobie Ramp Southeast side of lake 4 435' - 380'
Folsom Point South end of lake by Dike 8 4 465' - 405'
Granite Bay Northwest side of lake 2 - 14 397' - 465'
Peninsula - Old Ramp On Peninsula between forks of American River* 1 465' - 410'
Peninsula - New Ramp On Peninsula between forks of American River* 2 465' - 434'
Rattlesnake Northwest shore, Rattlesnake Rd. off Auburn-Folsom Rd. 2 465' - 428'

Current Water Level of Folsom Lake: California Department of Water Resources - Folsom Lake


Lessons and Camps

Launch Wakeboarding School

Location: Folsom Lake Marina at Brown's Ravine
Contact: (916) 532-9253   Launch Wakeboarding School
Lessons and Camps:

  • The Launch: Beginners Lesson, 3-4 hours instruction with 1 hour riding time - $120
  • The Local: More Advanced Tricks, 3-4 hours instruction with 1 hour riding time - $145
  • The Competitor: 3 Lessons to Build Your Skills, Do Inverts and More, each lesson is 3-4 hours instruction with 1 hour riding time - $350
  • The Pro: 5 Lessons, Learn to Wakeboard like a Pro, each lesson is 3-4 hours instruction with 1 hour riding time - $525
  • Lessons in Your Boat: Personalized Instruction, $70 per hour, 2 hours minimum
  • Boat Operating and Safety Course: 2 Hours for first-time boat owners - Launching, Loading your boat; Boat Operations, Rules and Regs., etc. - $140
  • Launch's Day Camps: Kids 8 - 18, Learn Wakeboarding, Wakeskating, fun and safety, everything provided, including food, 8 am - 5 pm - 1 day $99

Prices subject to change.

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Sacramento State Aquatic Center

Location: 1901 Hazel Ave., Gold River, CA, on Lake Natoma (just downstream from Folsom Lake)
Contact: (916) 278-2842   Sacramento State Aquatic Center
Open to the General Public; Discounted prices for Sacramento State students and affiliates
Lessons and Camps at Folsom Lake:

  • Personal Water Craft "Jet Ski' Class 3 hour classroom, 3 hours practical operation on Folsom Lake, All ages 12 and up (ages 12-16 must be accompanied by an adult) $120
  • Jet Ski Camp: Ages 12 - 18, 5-day camp, 4 days of Jet Skiing on Folsom Lake - $350
  • Water Ski and Wakeboarding Camp: For ages 8-18 of all ability levels, Ski and Wakeboard all day at Folsom, Week-long Camp - $380
  • Power Boating Class: Basic safe boating operations, turns, anchoring, landing, docking; 9 hous, ages 12 and up - $85
  • Trailering Clinic: Mechanics of trailering, backing, ramp etiquette, maneuvering; 3 hours, ages 16 and up - $45

Many other classes are offered at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center on Lake Natoma

Prices subject to change.

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Folsom Lake
Park Facilities at a Glance


Food and Supplies: Granite Bay, Beal's Point, and Brown's Ravine (Folsom Lake Marina)

Restrooms: Folsom Lake has floating restrooms at Granite Bay and up the South Fork of the American River at New York Creek Inlet. There are also restroom facilities at Folsom Lake Marina, Beal's Point, Granite Bay, Folsom Point, Peninsula Campground, Skunk Hollow, and Rattlesnake Bar.

Camping: Beal's Point, Peninsula, Negro Bar, Avery Pond See Folsom Lake Camping

Granite Bay: Sandy Beach, Swim Area, Picnicking, Snack Bar, Boat and Beach Equipment Rentals

Beal's Point: Picnics, Camping, Bicycling, Snack Bar, Boat and Beach Equipment Rentals

Boat Camping

Boaters are allowed to stay overnight in their boats as long as they have a self-contained sanitation and grey water system. Boats must have sleeping accommodations for all persons aboard the boat. Special mooring locations are designated by the Park for overnight camping in your boat.

Boat-In Camping on shore is only allowed at Peninsula Campground. For more information about camping by boat, see Folsom Lake Camping.



Marine Services


SOS Marine
7165 Douglas Blvd., Granite Bay, CA
(916) 791-3783
SOS Marine

Norcal Marine Services
5851 Alder Ave. Suite #A, Sacramento, CA
(916) 922-2622
Norcal Marine Services

Auburn Outboard Marine
3320 Boyington Rd., Loomis, CA
(916) 652-1660

Out of Bounds Speed and Marine
424 Clinton Ave., Roseville, CA
(916) 784-2628

West Marine
4445 Granite Dr. #501, Rocklin, CA
(916) 632-9140
or
9500 Micron Ave. #116, Sacramento, CA
(916) 366-3300


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Nearby Lakes and Facilities


Lake Natoma

  • Immediately downstream from Folsom Lake, part of Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
  • 540 acres, 5 miles long, very narrow
  • 5 MPH Limit for motorized boats
  • Fishing, Swimming, Rowing, Kayaking
  • Sacramento State Aquatic Center
  • Nimbus Fish Hatchery
  • Two Boat Launch Ramps, Plus one hand-launch site

Camp Far West Reservoir

  • 25 miles north of Folsom Lake
  • 2,000 acres, 29 miles of shoreline
  • Boating, Water Skiing, Jet Skiing
  • Campgrounds
  • 2 Launch Ramps, Stores
  • Hiking, Biking, Fishing
  • Camp Far West

Rollins Reservoir

  • 32 miles northeast of Folsom Lake near Colfax off Interstate 5
  • 525 acres, 26 miles of shoreline
  • Fishing, Camping
  • Marina, 4 Boat Launch Ramps
  • Marina website: Long Ravine at Rollins Reservoir

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Photo of Granite Bay Launch Ramp

Granite Bay Launch Ramp


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Folsom Point Launch Ramp


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Granite Bay Snack Bar