Folsom Lake Pictures

This page is dedicated to the pictures I’ve taken around the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area. Some are along the Pioneer Express Trail as far north as Auburn. Other pictures show items revealed at low water levels such as the remnants of the North Fork Ditch, unusual rock formations or other items of historical, geological, flora or fauna interest. Almost all of these photo, many enhanced with Instagram, have been posted in the various blogs I’ve done about history and hiking around Folsom Lake.

Peninsula Campground to Wild Goose Flats

Picture gallery from a hike up the east side of the north fork of the American River at Folsom Lake. Blog post: Anderson Island bridge and Zantgraf Mine hike

Pictures between Beeks Bight and Horseshoe Bar, from the blog Biking and Hiking the North Fork Ditch

Older images from around Folsom Lake and Auburn State Recreation areas


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  • 91
    The low water levels of Folsom Lake in this drought year of 2014 offer unprecedented opportunities for hiking and biking around usually water-logged historical sites. The fully exposed North Fork Ditch offers a relatively flat trail for mountain biking from Beeks Bight up to Horseshoe Bar. At certain locations, you'll need to park the bike…
    Tags: lake, water, trail, ditch, folsom, north, fork, bar, horseshoe, bight
  • 90
    The peninsula was once a major thoroughfare for gold prospectors and commerce from Sacramento to the mines on the western side of the north fork of the American River. Today, the chunk of land known as the Peninsula Campground is isolated and decidedly very quiet as travel to this state park is a circuitous drive…
    Tags: peninsula, campground, north, lake, folsom, american, water, bar, river, history
  • 81
    The east side of the north fork of the American River is challenging to hike because of the lack of accessibility and rugged terrain along the Folsom Lake. After I discovered the abutment for a bridge on the west side of the river, I had to get to Anderson Island on the other side. Not…
    Tags: mine, water, river, zantgraf, bridge, side, anderson, hike, lake, island
  • 68
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    Tags: trail, river, hike, american, fork, hiking
  • 64
    Before modern day Folsom Lake was filled, there was a community at the confluence of the North and South Forks of the American River. When the lake was extra-ordinarily dry in the summer of 2009, I took several photos of the the structures that existed before the the dam was built. The history associated with the old…
    Tags: lake, folsom, water, north, trail, side, fork, american, river