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Welcome to the FOLFAN website! Friends of Lakes Folsom and Natoma (FOLFAN) is a volunteer-based nonprofit that supports the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area (SRA). The park includes Lake Natoma, Folsom Lake, and the American River Parkway that connects the two lakes. Our park includes 100 miles of trails and 100 miles of shoreline! Our mission is "Enhancing education and recreation opportunities for the public and protecting the wonders and resources of Lakes Folsom and Natoma."   View PDFs of our most recent FOLFAN newsletters for the latest news about us and our park and selected events and activities.
March 2019
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FOLFAN Dates in 2019  

  • Wild Night & Photo Contest Event - March 23, 2019
  • Earth Day at Negro Bar - April 13, 2019
  • Folsom Powerhouse Electricity Fair - September 7, 2019
  • Great American River Clean-Up (GARCU) - September 14, 2019
  • Pete’s Fun-Raiser - October 1, 2019 (date to be confirmed)


Wild Night with FOLFAN 2019 

Please join FOLFAN on the evening of Saturday, March 23rd to help us celebrate another fun and productive year with a very special 10th Anniversary Wild Night program! This year’s event will include several special guests, including:
Guy Galante, Educator & Naturalist
Kimberly ShiningStar Petree, Tume’lay Nisenan Miwok Storyteller
Mignon Geli, Native Wood Flutist
View event flyer here



4th Annual FOLFAN Amateur Photo Contest 

Our annual photo contest has become one of our signature events, showcasing an impressive talent pool of amateur photographers among FOLFAN’s members and fans! If you have some great photos of the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area, why not enter them in this year’s contest? It costs you nothing and you could come away a winner!

Photo contest submission deadline: Midnight, March 10, 2019

Contest entries will be presented and winners and prizes will be announced at our Wild Night with FOLFAN event on the evening of Saturday, March 23, 2019. You need to be present to win. 

View photo contest rules/flyer here


Trail Closure Updates 

Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail
Those of you who are familiar with Lake Natoma are aware of the closure of the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail between Negro Bar and Rollingwood Bluffs - due to landslides and unsafe consitions. It has been closed for a couple of years now, with the major issue being how to stabilize the bluffs. However, State Parks is making progress on the planning phase and there is a possibility of the trail reopening in late 2019. When the trail does re-open, FOLFAN plans to host an event to celebrate the re-opening of the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail.

Reclamation completing Folsom Dam safety work with trail detours as a result
The Bureau of Reclamation is completing construction improvements as part of its Safety of Dams program at Folsom Reservoir’s Mormon Island Auxiliary Dam and Dikes 1, 4, 5 and 6 in the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area. The construction work will result in the temporary closure of the trail across the top of Dikes 4, 5 and 6 between Beal’s Point and Granite Bay through July 2019. Signs and maps will be posted at each end of the closure identifying the detour route. For more information about the improvements, visit: https://usbr.gov/mp/sod/projects/folsom/



Our New Brochures 

Have you seen our new brochures? We've been working on an a new set throughout 2018 and they are finally here! They include:

  1. FOLFAN - up-to-date brochure with concise info about who we are, what we do, and how people can join us or support us.  View here
  2. 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.  View here
  3. Adopt-the-Parkway - this long-awaited brochure explains the program and its opportunities for both Financial Sponsors and Volunteer Stewards.  View here

Let us know if you would like some printed copies of any (or all) of our brochures to distribute to your family, friends, neighbors or work colleagues. We are especially interested in getting our Adopt-the-Parkway brochure in the hands of prospective Financial Sponsors!

Thanks to the Bodacious Biking Babes and River Ridge Realty 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!

Bald Eagles 

By now, most FOLFAN members and fans are aware that we have a nesting pair of Bald Eagles in our park. They are magnificent, as are their eaglets! If you would like to learn more about Bald Eagles (our National Symbol), please refer to our 2-page information sheet.  View here