Folsom, Your Go-To Outdoor Playground

Folsom, Your Go-To Outdoor Playground

August 16, 2019
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The city of Folsom is home to a plethora of natural amenities that provide a playground for enthusiasts of land and water. The city is surrounded by these three go-to places: Folsom Lake, Lake Natoma, and the American River. With these two lakes and the American River, Folsom offers all kinds of water recreational activities from kayaking, water skiing to even simply a relaxing place to fish.

Of the three, my favorite place to go is Lake Natoma. This 500-acre lake is home to paddlers, rowers, and sailors of small boats. Visitors who go to Lake Natoma can bring their own watercrafts or can rent them by the hour. Lake Natoma is a place enjoyed by people of all ages. Along the river there are breath-taking views of native trees and vegetation. You may even come across local birdlife like egrets, ducks, gulls, and even eagles. Lake Natoma provides endless pleasure and relaxation which makes it truly one of the best places to visit in Folsom

There are four areas along the lake where you can launch kayaks and paddleboards: Negro Bar State Park, Willow Creek, Nimbus Flat Natoma State Park, and the Sacramento State Aquatic Center. When I was a student, I would always spend my summers at the Aquatic Center because they have the largest stock of kayaks, paddleboards and other watercraft. This center has four docks, several classrooms, a beach, picnic tables, and barbecues! This center is open from May through September, so it gives you a lot of time to plan the perfect trip out. The Aquatic Center is available to the public, but if you are a student at Sacramento State, you’ll be able to use the amenities at a discounted price.

If you ever get the chance to visit Folsom, or even if Folsom is your home, I would highly suggest trying to visit these wonderful spots. Since this city is so compact, it doesn’t take long to get around to any of the city’s great features. No matter how you get to these places, you can enjoy the lakes or river for an afternoon or several days.

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