Peninsula Campground

Folsom Lake

Folsom Lake

Peninsula area at Folsom Lake, CA

Peninsula Campground Vicinity at Folsom Lake

Folsom Lake
Attractions and Activities

Folsom Lake is a popular boating recreation destination for nearby Sacramento residents as well as from around the state. Those who camp at Peninsula Campground enjoy a quieter end of the lake.

  • Fish from shore at popular spots such as Anderson Creek and Deep Ravine Cove.
  • Spend the day water skiing, jet skiing, sail, cruising, and fishing on more than 11,000 acres of water.
  • Launch your boat at one of several ramps. Rent boats at various spots around the lake
  • Enjoy picnics at Folsom Point, Granite Bay, Beals Point, or Peninsula Campground.
  • Go horseback riding along miles of trails. Find an equestrian Staging Area at Granite Bay with hitching rails and water trough. Also find staging areas at Rattlesnake Bar, Brown's Ravine, Falcon Crest, and Sterling Pointe.
  • Find ninety-five miles of trails for bicyclists, runners, horseback riders, and hikers.
  • Stroll along the Oaks Nature Trails.
  • Cycle on the paved bike trail connecting Beals Point to the American River Hike & Bike Trail.
  • Visit the Sacramento State Aquatic Center at nearby Lake Natoma.

Key Peninsula Campground Regulations

  1. Fires must be in provided fire pits.
  2. Generators may only be operated between 10 AM and 8 PM.
  3. Water may still be in short supply after California's drought.
  4. Dogs must be on leash and always attended. At night they must be in a tent or vehicle.

Peninsula Campground

Peninsula Campground is found on the east side of Folsom Lake between the north and south forks of the American River. Access to the campground is a round-about drive out Highway 49 to Pilot Hill and then 11 miles west on Rattlesnake Bar Road. When lake levels are high enough for the launch ramp to be in use (above 430 feet) the campground is especially popular with boaters. Visitors to the campground also enjoy hiking and fishing.

Peninsula Campground has 100 campsites. Thirty-four sites are tent-only. The remaining sites can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. Some of those sites have non-specific reservations, which means campers are assigned a site upon arrival.

Peninsula Campground Basics
Peninsula Campground Location: At the end of Rattlesnake Bar Road, on the peninsula between the North and South Forks of the American River
Elevation: 670 feet
Mileage from gateway city: Sacramento - 39 miles
Number of Sites: 100
Open - Closed: Usually open March through October
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 vehicle and 1 legally towed vehicle (fee for additional vehicle)
Pets: on leash, always attended
Information: (916) 988-0205

Reservations at Peninsula Campground
Reservations available available whenever campground is open
Booking Window: Reservations taken from 2 days up to 6 months in advance of arrival.
Maximum RV/trailer Length: Trailers 18 feet
RVs 24 feet
Wheelchair accessible Sites: #74
Fees: Standard site - $33 per night ($28 off-season)
Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia: Folome Lake SRA - Peninsula Campground Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out Noon

Peninsula Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grill, no hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, tap water
Showers: Yes
Dump station: Yes
Attractions near Peninsula Campground: Hike along Oaks Nature Trail. Head out on Folsom Lake for boating, water skiing, and fishing. Visit the marina for boat rentals. Find a launch ramp close to the campground. Drive down to Lake Natoma. Use the American River Hike & Bike Trail. Visit the city of Auburn.

ReserveCalifornia Reservations Tips

California State Parks' new reservation system - ReserveCalifornia - now allows campers "to make reservations 6 months to the day in advance of their arrival date." For example, on January 1 reservations can be made for stays beginning on July 1. In the past, reservations were released in one-month blocks. Now it is day by day. For months with fewer days than the month 6 months away, reservations for the remaining days will be released in a small cluster on the first of the next month. For example, on March 1 (because February is a short month) you can make reservations for stays beginning August 29-31. Read details at ReserveCalifornia.

General Camping Information

Opening and closing dates of campgrounds are only estimates, usually dependent on snow conditions. Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the reservation website when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.

In order to prevent the spread of invasive insects, obtain firewood locally.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate

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