Lake Natoma - part of the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area, and the most heavily used State Park in California.

This photo is a few years old, but shows a good portion of Lake Natoma and Folsom Lake, and the American River Canyon connecting the two lakes. This is the "Folsom Lake State Recreation Area" along with historic Folsom in the foreground.
Fall Nature Photography Workshop & Hike

Join Ken McKowen for this FOLFAN-sponsored photography workshop and nature hike in October.  see calendar
FOLFAN wins prestigious award!
Read more about this award given to FOLFAN.  more

A FOLFAN Nature Hike
By Crystal Tobias

Read Crystal's article as she describes FOLFAN first "Guided Nature Hike" along the south side of Lake Natoma between Old Town Folsom and Willow Creek.  more

Bike Trail Repairs

If you've used the bike trail in the Negro Bar portion of the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area (SRA) in recent years, you know why a fix is in the works for many areas of this well used trail.  more
Connections for Youth
By Crystal Tobias

Read Crystal's article about the latest Connections for Youth clean-up day at Lake Natoma.  more

Saving California’s salmon during a severe drought
By Peter Moyle

California is in one of the most severe droughts in recent years. This means water agencies are under great pressure to sacrifice river flows meant to sustain fish and wildlife for increased water delivery to farms and cities. Here are some questions decision-makers should consider in the tradeoff.  more

Welcome to FOLFAN!

I have lived in the greater Sacramento region for most of my life, much of it near the American River. As a youngster, my family lived near Watt Avenue before there was a Parkway. Later, as a park aid in Coloma, I enjoyed the South Fork rafting scene. In the late 1990s, while living in Elk Grove, I discovered that my husband and I were regularly driving to Nimbus Fish Hatchery to enjoy running in the parkway. So, we decided to move closer to our favorite park. What a great decision that was!

My running days are over, but the lifestyle near this amazing resource is just right for me – and thousands like me. I feel so grateful for the opportunity to ride my bike, walk my dog, rent a kayak or participate in events here. Our local State Park, Folsom Lake State Recreation Area, offers so much to so many people that it is the most visited State Park in California. I co-founded FOLFAN in 2009 to offer support and cooperation to the State Park, to preserve its natural and cultural resources and to help ensure that it will continue to provide a recreational legacy for the future.

Please join FOLFAN if you have similar feelings for this special place. We offer opportunities to participate in recreational activities, cleanup events, educational programs and improvements to the park. Our mission is to expand education and recreation opportunities and protect the natural and cultural resources of lakes Folsom and Natoma. And we have fun doing it!

Linda McDonald, President of FOLFAN