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."
FOLFAN board member Eric Buell has taken the lead on developing a new and much improved FOLFAN website. Look for this website (same URL) in January 2023.
Much trail work has been done in our state park in recent years, including the necessary trail repairs and landslide stabilization work needed to reopen the popular Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail near historic Black Miners Bar (formerly Negro Bar). Other trail repairs have also been done throughout the park, and we are beginning to get caught up on years of "deferred maintenance."
We love that many new visitors are coming out to enjoy the wonderful nature and recreation opportunities that Folsom Lake State Recreation Area provides. But this also presents a challenge, since some of the new park visitors aren't familiar with park rules or park etiquette.
In any case, we care about the appearance, health and safety of our park and are concerned about the consequences of garbage getting into our waterways. We know you care, too. FOLFAN has about 40 Volunteer Stewards who are dedicated to keeping the park clean and safe as part of our Adopt the Parkway program. We also have small and large group cleanup events each year to help keep our park looking great. But to meet the challenge, FOLFAN asks that all of our members and supporters 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!
If you've visited our park much in recent years, you've probably seen one or more 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 well-known pair of nesting bald eagles that return each year to a nest at Lake Natoma. And they have been very successful in growing their family and sustaining their species. The bald eagles that nest in our area leave for cooler climates in the summer, after the eaglets have learned to fly and take care of themselves. Then the nesting pairs return to the area the following Fall (October or November). If you would like to learn more about Bald Eagles, please refer to our Bald Eagles brochure. If you would like to view our Bald Eagle Nest Cam, go to YouTube and search for the "FOLFAN" channel. From there, select our "Live Feed."
Photo courtesy of Kathy Kayner
Wants to learn more about FOLFAN? This report is a great place to start! It highlights our programs, projects and activities for the most recent calendar year. WIth lots of beautiful 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!