What's Up?

Welcome to our website! We are Friends of Lakes Folsom and Natoma (FOLFAN) - a volunteer-based nonprofit that supports the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area (SRA). The SRA (park) includes Lake Natoma, Folsom Lake, and the American River that connects the two lakes. The park includes approximately 100 miles of trails, 100 miles of shoreline, and a picturesque oak woodland setting. Our mission is "Enhancing education and recreation opportunities for the public and protecting the wonders and resources of Lakes Folsom and Natoma."   View our most recent FOLFAN newsletters for the latest news about us and our park and selected events and activities.
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FOLFAN Events & Activities

  • February 21, 2020 | Birding, Wildflower and Local History Hike with Katie Rian, Denali Beard, Jenifer Padgett and Sally Walters  |  look for flyer in late January
  • March 21, 2020 | Wild Night Annual Event and Photo Contest  |  look for flyers in late January
  • April 4, 2020 | Lake Natoma Spring Wildflower Hike with Crystal Tobias  |  look for flyer in early March
  • April 19, 2020 | Kayak Kleanup at Lake Natoma (free kayaks available)  |  look for flyer in mid March
  • June 6, 2020 | Kayak Tour with Crystal Tobias  |  look for flyer in early May



Trail Closure Updates 

Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail
The repair work has finally begun on this popular but closed trail, beginning with clearing of the debris from the landslide. The trail will be completely closed from 8/19/19 until completion of the job. A press release went out, asking people to stay off the trail during that time. Hopefully the repairs can be completed and the trail re-opened before the Bald Eagles return in late Fall/early Winter. If the eagles return before the work is completed, then the project will have to wait and resume in summer 2020.

Reclamation completing Folsom Dam safety work with trail detours as a result
The Bureau of Reclamation is completing construction improvements as part of its Safety of Dams program at Folsom Reservoir’s Mormon Island Auxiliary Dam and Dikes 1, 4, 5 and 6 in the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area. The construction work will result in the temporary closure of the trail across the top of Dikes 4, 5 and 6 between Beal’s Point and Granite Bay through July 2019. Signs and maps will be posted at each end of the closure identifying the detour route. For more information about the improvements, visit: https://usbr.gov/mp/sod/projects/folsom/


Our New Brochures 

Have you seen our new brochures? We've been working on an a new set throughout 2018 and they are finally here! They include:

  1. FOLFAN - up-to-date brochure with concise info about who we are, what we do, and how people can join us or support us.  View here
  2. Every Day is Earth Day - this next-generation brochure is filled with helpful tips and "easy to do everyday" things that will make a positive difference in protecting and preserving our beautiful planet.  View here
  3. Adopt-the-Parkway - this long-awaited brochure explains the program and its opportunities for both Financial Sponsors and Volunteer Stewards.  View here

Let us know if you would like some printed copies of any (or all) of our brochures to distribute to your family, friends, neighbors or work colleagues. We are especially interested in getting our Adopt-the-Parkway brochure in the hands of prospective Financial Sponsors!

Thanks to the Bodacious Biking Babes and River Ridge Realty for donations to help pay for brochure development and printing. Also thanks to Mary Casey for her excellent design services, and to our many FOLFAN members who allowed us to use their beautiful photos!


Bald Eagles 

By now, most FOLFAN members and fans are aware that we have a number of Bald Eagles living in our park during nesting season (October through July). They are magnificent creatures!

Did you know there are 60 species of Eagles worldwide? Except for Alaska, the two that we see in North America are Bald Eagles and Golden Eagles. They are part of a group of 
predatory birds called Raptors, or Birds of Prey. The group also includes Kites, Hawks, Falcons, Buzzards, Vultures and Owls.

FOLFAN would like to thank all those who volunteered to be nest monitors at the Bald Eagle nesting site at Lake Natoma. On busy days, we would try to have volunteers present to answer questions from park visitors, to direct visitors to the official viewing area (about 100 yards south of the nest tree), and to use our scopes set up to get great close-up views. Although the trail that passes by the nest tree remains open to visitors, signage asks them to not disturb the nesting eagles per the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act which prohibits anyone from harming or disturbing eagles or their nest areas. With the help of our volunteers, we are able to protect the nest area so that the entire site doesn't have to be closed to the public and an enjoyable educational experience can be had by all.

If you would like to learn more about Bald Eagles (our National Bird), please refer to our 2-page information sheet.




Cyanobacteria Danger 

In recent weeks, two separate incidents of possible cyanobacteria poisoning in dogs have been reported. One at Moony Ridge in the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area. The other at Oregon Bar in the Auburn State Recreation Area. The incident at Oregon Bar resulted in the death of a dog, although the actual cause of death has not been confirmed. Sampling by Water Resources Control Board staff on August 23 confirmed the presence of cyanobacterial mats growing on rocks in a side channel of the American River at Oregon Bar. Caution signs have been posted in these areas and additional signage has been posted throughout the parks to increase public awareness of the potential risks. All park users are encouraged to read this State Parks press release to understand the risks and to minimize any potential danger: https://www.parks.ca.gov/NewsRelease/907