We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Review Highlights

Lake Natoma is such a wonderful body of water. With a five mile per hour speed limit for vessels... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2017
Russell H
via mobile
Rent a boat Kayak on a Saturday

It is a great place to rent a kayak and paddle up the river for a few hours on a Saturday morning... read more

Reviewed 17 August 2017
Placerville, California
Read all 77 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
This tranquil lake offers plenty of water activities and a laid back feel.
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good32%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
Folsom, CA
Write a Review
Reviews (77)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 77 reviews

Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Lake Natoma is such a wonderful body of water. With a five mile per hour speed limit for vessels, it’s an ideal, quiet place to enjoy stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, hiking, or cycling. The lake level does not change much, situated below Folsom Dam...More

Thank Russell H
Reviewed 17 August 2017

It is a great place to rent a kayak and paddle up the river for a few hours on a Saturday morning, there is wildlife there and little canals to explore if you wish.

Thank stevepeck2017
Reviewed 4 August 2017

Lake Natoma isn't really a lake--it's more like a fat river where the American River has been held back by the Nimbus Dam. Lake Natoma is a regulating reservoir for releases from Folsom Lake, which is upstream from Lake Natoma. When I say upstream, this...More

Thank raygay
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Just jumped in the COLD but clean and clear water for a refreshing break. Lots of little spots along the lake to enjoy. We walked from our hotel and there are walkways and bike paths all along the side. Just lovely.

Thank Debbie G
Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

Great place for fun in the sun Lots of things for the kids to do Rentable kayaks boats and water toys Fun and affordable

Thank N254NRkarenb
Reviewed 24 June 2017

The lake is small and calm. The kayaking looked amazing. We biked and walked around the lake which was also a great way to enjoy it.

Thank Cynthia B
Reviewed 18 May 2017

It looks like a great place to do a water activity. Weather was cold but in the summer definitely going back.

Thank kennethh800
Reviewed 18 May 2017

Staff is friendly, facilities are clean, kayaks were easy to use for us first-timers! My daughter and I rented a tandem kayak for 2 people and my husband used a single kayak. Total was $44 for a little over an hour for both kayaks. Water...More

1  Thank Lorraine G
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

My boyfriend and I took our two dogs kayaking here last week. It's a beautiful lake with 3 different launch areas. We launched from Willow Creek, which is a smaller area. It costs $10 to park, is dog-friendly, has 2 covered picnic tables, a small...More

3  Thank WaterGirl777
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Operated by Sacramento State College. This is a long narrow lake used by the university for classes and rowing clubs. Open to the public where you can reasonably rent water craft (no motorized). Paddle boarding and sailing require taking a short class instruction the first...More

2  Thank Richard J
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
19 July 2017|
Response from Debbie G | Reviewed this property |
One entrance is at Hazel and 50 at Nimbus Dam Recreation area. Yhe Hazel side also has Sac State Aquatics Center woth swimming and other water sport lessons. Another is at Negro Bar State park on the Folsom and Greenback... More
2 July 2017|
Response from frankiea42 |
Yes it is. $10 for parking all day. I take my kayak all the time, but you can rent them for $11/hr.
Dejah O
30 June 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Richard J | Reviewed this property |
Yes and no. You can't laugh your boat at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center. You can laugh non motorized boats on the west side on the lake at paid parking lots.