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Press Release: California State Parks Enacts 5 mph Limit Due to Low Water Levels at Folsom Lake State Recreation Area

California State Parks announces the start of a major renovation project that will improve recreation facilities at the Negro Bar unit of the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area (SRA) beginning on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020.

The renovation project will include:

  • New interpretive panels that highlight the area’s historic, natural and cultural resources.
  • ADA accessible walkways to the swim beach.
  • New stairway access to the beach.
  • A new restroom facility.
  • A new paddle sport concession facility and Junior Lifeguard facility.
  • Improved picnic facilities with picnic tables, shade ramadas, barbecues, trashcans, and additional group picnic sites.
  • Converting an existing gravel area into additional paved parking.

The renovation project is expected to last through November 2020 and will impact access to the swim beach area and day-use parking facilities in the western portion of the park. The launch ramp, main parking area, horse assembly area, group campground facilities and trail access to the American River Bike Trail will not be affected.

For questions about this project, please contact California State Parks’ Gold Fields District Office at (916) 988-0205.

Folsom Lake SRA Closed Boat Launch Areas
Granite Bay Stage 1: CLOSED
Granite Bay Stage 2: CLOSED
Granite Bay Stage 3: CLOSED
Granite Bay Stage 4: CLOSED
Folsom Point: CLOSED
Rattlesnake Bar: CLOSED
Peninsula South: CLOSED
Peninsula North: CLOSED
Folsom Lake SRA Open Boat Launch Areas
Browns Ravine: OPEN
Nimbus Flat: OPEN
Negro Bar: OPEN
Willow Creek: OPEN
Granite Bay Low Water: OPEN

Due to dry conditions, remote terrain characteristics and increasing fire danger, the following are prohibited Peninsula Campground and Day Use areas from August 14, 2020 until rescinded:

  1. All campfires
  2. Portable cooking devices fueled by wood, gas, charcoal, pressurized liquid fuel or jellied petroleum
  3. Liquid fuel torches ( commonly referred to as 'Tiki Torches')

Please review the Penn Fire Order for additional Information.

Located at the base of the Sierra foothills, the lake and recreation area offers opportunities for hiking, biking, running, camping, picnicking, horseback riding, water-skiing and boating. Fishing offers trout, catfish, big and small mouth bass or perch. Visitors can also see the Folsom Powerhouse (once called 'the greatest operative electrical plant on the American continent'), which from 1885 to 1952 produced 11,000 volts of electricity for Sacramento residents. For cyclists, there is a 32-mile long bicycle path that connects Folsom Lake with many Sacramento County parks before reaching Old Sacramento. The park also includes Lake Natoma, downstream from Folsom Lake, which is popular for crew races, sailing, kayaking and other aquatic sports.

Regular day use hours apply to all areas except the following:

  1. Campgrounds
  2. Overnight moorings for registered boat campers
  3. Folsom Lake Marina at Brown's Ravine

Lake Natoma is primarily managed for non-motorized and slow-speed aquatic recreation such as rowing, paddling, etc. There is a 5-mph speed limit enforced on the entire lake.

The following units are closed to vehicles until further notice:

  • Nimbus Shoals

For any and all questions and the most current information, please contact the park at (916) 988-0205
Camping is available at Beals Point year-round and at Peninsula Campground beginning April 1, through the summer (Peninsula Campground closes October 1). Additional information about Camping can be found hereor by calling (800) 444-7275.

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Folsom Lake State Recreation Area is located in the Sierra-Nevada foothills about 25 miles east of Sacramento, can be reached via either Highway 50 or I-80. Both Folsom Lake and Lake Natoma have many access points and entrances. The administrative offices are located at the base of Folsom Dam at the corner.
Park Entrances
The park has multiple entrances most of which are fairly easily accessed by either Interstate 80 to Douglas Blvd.(east), or Highway 50 to Hazel Ave., or Folsom Blvd., (north).
Directions to the Peninsula campground:
80 east Reno
From Hwy 80 take the Elm St. exit out of the city of Auburn, at the 1st light make a left, at your very next light you will make another left that is High St. High St turns into Hwy 49 you will travel on Hwy 49 for 10 miles towards the city of Cool. You will enter a small town called Pilot Hill from that small town you will turn right on Rattlesnake Bar Rd. that road will dead end into the campground in 9 miles.

Hwy 50 S.Lake Tahoe
From Hwy 50 you will take the El Dorado Hills Blvd. exit go north on El Dorado hills for about 10 miles (at some point the road changes names to Salmon Falls Rd.) you will enter the small town of Pilot Hill you will make a left on Rattlesnake Bar Rd. which dead ends onto the campground in 9 miles.

Directions to the Beals Point campground:
80 east Reno
From Hwy 80 you will take the Douglas Blvd. exit out of the city of Roseville. Go east on Douglas for about 6 miles make a right on Auburn-Folsom Rd. go about 2½ miles until you come to a stop light the sign will say Beals Point and you make a left.
Hwy 50 S. Lake Tahoe
Take the Folsom Blvd. exit go north on Folsom for about 7 miles (the road will change names to Folsom- Auburn) you will come to a stop light, the sign will say Beals Point and you make a right.
Transportation to the Park
A variety of transportation methods are available to park visitors at Folsom Lake and Lake Natoma. With its urban setting and the accessibility of the parks entrances, local bus services can be used reach Folsom Lake and Lake Natoma. Private vehicles as well as bicycles, horseback, and foot travel are the most frequently used methods of park entry.

Visit Recommendations

The primary recreation season coincides with the spring and summer months when temperatures are in the 80s, 90s and 100s.
Visitation is highest from April through September. In the spring months when school is still in session, evenings and weekends are the times of highest lake activity.

Climate, Recommended Clothing

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Summers at Folsom Lake State Recreation Area are generally hot and dry. Dress lightly for high temperatures but be careful of over exposure to the sun.

Winters can be very cold with lengthy periods of central valley fog conditions. Dress in layers as the damp can bring on a penetrating chill.

Spring and Fall offer warm days and cooler evenings and nights. Dress in layers.

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Good walking shoes are a must when exploring any of the park trails. Shoes or sandals are recommended on the lake's beaches and boat ramp areas.

Granite Bay Group Picnic Sites

Granite Bay Main Beach at Folsom Lake SRA offer two reservable group picnic sites with easy access to the lake and the Granite Bay Main Beach parking area. The group picnic sites are available year round during normal park hours. The group picnic areas can accommodate 100 people both sites include 11 picnic tables, 1 large BBQ station, flush toilets adjacent to site and 2 water faucets. All park day use fees apply. Reservations can be made 90 days in advance at our Folsom Sector Office at 7755 Folsom-Auburn Rd Folsom, CA 95630.

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By William Burg Photos courtesy of the Center for Sacramento History

In 1887, real estate developer Edwin Alsip subdivided the 230-acre William Doyle ranch into 56 whole and partial blocks and gave the subdivision the name “Oak Park,” named after an eight-acre oak grove at its center.

This grove became the neighborhood park, and the terminus of the Central Street Railway streetcar line, also owned by Alsip’s firm, which connected Oak Park to downtown Sacramento. The streetcar was originally horse-drawn; in 1891 horses were replaced by electric trolleys. The main artery through the new subdivision was Sacramento Avenue, a 100 foot wide boulevard for both wagons and streetcars, now known as Broadway.

Alsip’s subdivision was not immediately successful. The first purchasers were real estate speculators, who held the vacant properties to sell later. Early advertising boasted “No City Taxes!” but this also meant no city services, like water or sewers. A recession in 1893 also slowed real estate sales. The first business established in Oak Park was Steen’s Bar, opened in 1892 as the Electric Railroad Exchange due to its location across from the streetcar terminus by the park.

Between 1900 and 1910, economic conditions improved and Oak Park attracted residents and businesses. In 1906, the California State Fairgrounds were moved to the far side of Oak Park on Stockton Boulevard, and in 1910, the Central California Traction Co. (CCT) brought another streetcar line to Oak Park. The low cost of Oak Park lots drew many working people, but not many middle-class or wealthy buyers. Many residents soon decided that growing problems with sewage and inadequate water supplies outweighed the advantage of no city taxes. By 1909, Oak Park businesses began a move to incorporate Oak Park as part of Sacramento, with broad neighborhood support, and in 1911, Oak Park and other nearby neighborhoods were annexed to the City of Sacramento.

Before World War II, most people in Oak Park were of European ethnicity, although African Americans and Mexican Americans were present in the neighborhood. George Dunlap, an African American cook who learned his trade in Southern Pacific’s dining cars, moved to Oak Park in 1906, when the property near his house (at 4322 4th Avenue) was still mostly strawberry fields. Dunlap turned his culinary skill into a string of restaurants, including a diner at the California State Fairgrounds and dining car service for the Sacramento Northern Railway’s passenger trains and their Suisun Bay ferry Ramon. In 1930 he turned his house into Dunlap’s Dining Room, legendary for its Southern cooking and hospitality until it closed in 1968.

Steen's Bar was a neighborhood institution form 1892 until it closed in 1969

After World War II, many more African Americans moved to Oak Park. This reflected their increased number in Sacramento generally, but also Oak Park’s availability to nonwhites when many other suburbs were racially restricted. This process was intensified by the displacement of many African Americans from the “West End” neighborhood of downtown Sacramento (the area now occupied by Capitol Mall, Interstate 5, Old Sacramento and the O Street pedestrian mall) by urban renewal. In 1957, the Shiloh Baptist Church, an African-American congregation dating back to the Gold Rush, relocated to Oak Park from Sixth and P. Other social organizations followed the relocated residents, like the Women’s Civic Improvement Club (WCIC) in 1966.

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George Seabron began selling real estate to Sacramento’s African-American community in 1958. He worked with the NAACP and the Urban League working for fair housing, and was active in Democratic politics, running campaigns for Governor Edmund G. “Pat” Brown and Hubert Humphrey. In 1969, Seabron and partners purchased a grocery store at 2949 35th Street, intending to provide not only foodstuffs but training and jobs for the community. One of Seabron’s partners in this project was Robert Tyler, the leader of CORE (Congress of Racial Equality) in the 1960s, Executive Director of the Sacramento City and County Human Rights Commission, and a founder of the National Association of Black Social Workers.

Oak Park’s economic health declined after World War II. The streetcar lines that carried workers downtown stopped in 1947, and in the 1950s and 1960s, many of the jobs that sustained neighborhood residents disappeared as Sacramento’s central city became less industrialized. Many older businesses closed or moved, and while some were replaced by new African American owned businesses or businesses relocating from the old West End many storefronts simply went empty. Just as Oak Park asserted its new cultural identity as an African American neighborhood, it was cut off from the rest of town by the construction of Interstate 50 and Highway 99.

Yet, even as the neighborhood suffered decay, cultural institutions like the Belmonte Art Gallery (see page 24), the African American interest newspaper The Sacramento Observer, and the Guild Theatre (an art-film theater and later a live music venue) thrived. The Sacramento Black Panthers provided tutoring, legal aid, and their signature free breakfast program for school children. But problems that accompany poverty increased. Racial tensions, including issues of police-community relations, ran high. These pressures came to a boiling point on June 16, 1969, in a confrontation between Oak Park residents and police, the Oak Park Riots. In 1970, the shooting of a police officer resulted in the arrest of four Sacramento Black Panther Party members, known as the Oak Park Four, who were acquitted after an eight month trial. A spate of Urban Renewal demolitions of many of Oak Park’s business buildings symbolized the neighborhood’s economic decline, but its character as a working-class neighborhood has never fully faded.

Broadway had 3 sets of streetcar tracks- these are still visible at 2nd Avenue and 34th and Broadway

More recently, Oak Park has become the focus of urban revitalization. Restoration of the Guild Theatre and Lewis Building were early signs of Oak Park’s recovery, but the current recession has stalled development just as it did in the 1890s. However, in the 1890s Oak Park was outside the city, and largely undeveloped. Today, Oak Park’s wealth rests in its culture, its historic buildings, and its people. The Oak Park Neighborhood Association advocates for responsible neighborhood development, organizations like the WCIC and the Sacramento Observer newspaper are just a few of Oak Park’s long-standing institutions, and the restored Guild complex is replacing its recently closed Starbucks franchise with the locally owned Old Soul Coffeehouse. The city of Sacramento has approved a new master plan for McClatchy Park and is preparing to approve portions of Oak Park as historic districts. This one-time suburb has become an indelible part of our city’s identity, and despite the economic obstacles in its path, shows no sign of surrender.

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Author’s note: Much of the information in this article was taken from a walking tour of Oak Park created by Sacramento State University geography professor Robin Datel. The full tour and accompanying map is accessible online at www.sacramentoheritage.org.

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