Thursday, August 2, 2012


The summer's sun is blazing hot these days and it is a great time to take a jump into a lake. Here in the foothills area we have many options to cool off. Recently my family went to a body of water where we had never been prior, Folsom Lake and more specifically to Beal Point State Park, which is conveniently located just off Folsom Auburn Rd. It's a California State Park so there is a fee for parking, which is $12. But as my wife said it was totally worth it. The park also offers clean bathrooms which are located near the parking lot. The only negative of the day was tons of goose poop.

There are multiple life guards who are very attentive and did a great job keeping an eye on the little ones. Barbecue pits, shade areas and large grassy areas can accommodate many family picnics and other activities.

Daily Summer Hours 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

Overnight Camping

Beal's Point is one of two locations on the lake that allows overnight camping in the campground.

Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-444-7275. 


Another popular feature is access to the American River bicycle trail. This 32-mile paved trail starts at Beal's Point and follows the scenic American River to Old Sacramento. 

Snack Bar

The Beal's Point Snack Bar also rents beach equipment. The beach equipment includes pedal boats, sail boards, sail boats, jet skis, canoes, volleyball sets, row boats, shade canopies, and rafts of all sizes. Sail board lessons are also available for those wanting to learn how to windsurf. Additionally, catering for family and company picnics, as well as group discount rental rates, are available.

Click here for the parks official website and information.

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