FOLFAN (Friends of Lakes Folsom and Natoma) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and the state park cooperating association for the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area (SRA). Our state park includes Lake Natoma, Folsom Lake, and the American River that connects the two lakes. It includes 100 miles of trails, 100 miles of shoreline, beautiful oak woodlands teeming with wildlife, and wonderful opportunities for appreciating and experiencing nature and recreation.
If you're not one already, become a FOLFAN member or donor today; or sign up to become a FOLFAN volunteer, docent or steward; or ask to be added to our "fan" e-mail list to receive our bi-monthly e-newsletter.
Our mission is "Enhancing education and recreation opportunities for the public and protecting the wonders and resources of Lakes Folsom and Natoma."
Order a complementary 6-pack of our beautiful Nature Note Cards for a suggested donation of $10 plus shipping.
Each of the six note cards has one of the following nature photos by Gene McKinnon or Kathy Kayner, both award winning photographers and FOLFAN members.
The cards are 5x7 and come with matching envelopes.
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Because of the ongoing pandemic, most group events in the park have been CANCELLED over the past two years. We have done some outdoor park cleanup events and "volunteer days." But FOLFAN has backed off of activities and events that may put park visitors or volunteers at risk. We will continue to function and operate our programs, we will continue to have our monthly board meetings and other meetings that can be done via Zoom, and we will continue to communicate and share information through our newsletter, website, Facebook page and other media. But we will avoid bringing people together indoors or in close contact until the experts tell us it is safe to do so.
Much trail work has been done in our state park over the past two years, including the necessary trail repairs and landslide stabilization work needed to reopen the popular Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail near historic Negro Bar. After a 3-year closure, the paved multi-use trail, near Negro Bar and below the Orangevale Bluffs, officially reopened on February 15, 2020. Other trail repairs have also been done throughout the park, and we are beginning to get caught up on years of "deferred maintenance."
The Folsom Lake State Recreation Area has been seeing record numbers of visitors during many parts of the pandemic. We love that many park visitors are people who have changed their routines and are getting out to enjoy nature, or going for a hike, paddle or bike ride. And so our state park has become part of their new routine. But this also presents a challenge, since some of the new park visitors aren't familiar with the rules or with park etiquette. Otherwise, why would so many of them make little or no effort to dispose of their own garbage?
In any case, we care about the appearance of our park and are concerned about the consequences of garbage getting into our waterways. We know you care, too. That's why FOLFAN is asking all of our members and fans to please bring a garbage bag each time you visit the park. Not just to collect your own garbage, but to use to pick up litter where you find it. FOLFAN operates the Adopt the Parkway program and does a number of park cleanup events each year to help keep our park looking great. But we couldn't do this without the great volunteer support that we enjoy!
If you've visited our park much in recent years, you've probably seen one of our bald eagles. We have several bald eagle nests in and around the park, and a golden eagle nest as well. The location of the nests are kept confidential in order to protect the eagles from overzealous park visitors. (Eagles are protected by law which prohibits anyone from harming or disturbing them or their nest areas during breeding season.)
As many of you know, we have a nesting pair of bald eagles that have returned to the same nest at Lake Natoma for several years now. And they have been quite successful in growing their family and sustaining their species. The bald eagles that nest in our area leave for cooler climates in the summertime, after their eaglets have learned to fly and take care of themselves. Then they return to the area the following winter. There is so much misinformation concerning bald eagles. If you would like to learn more about our National Bird, please refer to our Bald Eagles brochure.
Photo courtesy of Kathy Kayner
Anyone who wants to learn more about FOLFAN (i.e. what we do) will find it useful to browse our latest FOLFAN Annual Report for 2019. It is a highlight overview of what FOLFAN accomplished in the most recent calendar year. All in 9 concise pages, including lots of photos.
Here is a list of our current brochures and handouts. Click on the links to download/view/print any of these documents. If you want a printed copy (or copies), check with us about availability. In addition to our FOLFAN brochures and handouts, you can also download/view/print the official Folsom Lake State Recreation Area brochure.
FOLFAN >> This is a recently updated brochure with concise info about who we are, what we do, and how people can join us or support us.
Adopt-the-Parkway >> This brochure explains the Adopt-the-Parkway program and its opportunities for both Financial Sponsors and Volunteer Stewards.
Bald Eagles >> This new brochure responds to common questions about our national bird: the Bald Eagle.
Red Bank and Mormon Island >> Our newest brochure offers park visitors who are in search of the infamous Mormon Island gold rush town a bit of history of these two pioneer communities, as well as information about the archaeological site that emerges in times of extreme drought.
Every Day is Earth Day >> This next-generation brochure is filled with helpful tips and easy to do everyday things that will make a positive difference in protecting and preserving our beautiful planet.
Trail Etiquette >> This 1-page handout on Folsom Lake SRA Trail Etiquette helps all trail users to better enjoy the experience and to get home safe.
Litter Cleanup Tips for Self-Directed Volunteers >> This 2-page handout is for self-directed volunteers who wish to help clean up park litter. Since we can't sanction park clean-up events during the pandemic, we hope all of you will make a habit of picking up litter when you visit the park. Not just your own garbage, but also that left behind by our litterbug friends.
Thanks to the Bodacious Biking Babes, River Ridge Realty and Hoefer Family Foundation for donations to help pay for brochure development and printing. Also thanks to Mary Casey for her excellent design services, and to our many FOLFAN members who allowed us to use their beautiful photos!