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."
What's Up?
View our most recent FOLFAN newsletters for the latest news about us and our park and selected events and activities.
December 2018:  [open as a PDF]
November 2018:  [open as a PDF
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FOLFAN Dates in 2019 
  • Total Lunar Eclipse Watch - January 20, 2019 - EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN
  • Wild Night & Photo Contest Event - March 23, 2019
  • Earth Day Kayak Klean-Up - April 20, 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)

New Brochures

FOLFAN has been working on an a new set of brochures for a while now and - finally - they are ready! They include:

  • FOLFAN brochure - with info about who we are, what we do, and how people can join us or support us.  View here
  • Every Day is Earth Day brochure - filled with tips on how you can make a positive difference in protecting and preserving our beautiful planet.  View here
  • Adopt-the-Parkway brochure - explains the program and its opportunities for both Financial Sponsors and Volunteer Stewards.  View here

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!

American River Bike Trail Closure Update - October 2018

Get the latest update from California State Parks on the closed trail at Lake Natoma, just south of Negro Bar.

Negro Bar Name Controversy

In October 2018, both The Sacramento Bee and the Washington Post published articles about an African American woman who was offended by the name of one of Folsom Lake State Recreation Area's units - "Negro Bar."

California State Parks position is that the use of that name recognizes the historic use of that area by African American gold miners. 

However, Gloria Sandoval, California State Parks Deputy Director of Public Affairs, noted "while African American community leaders and historians have supported the continued use of this name in the past, we recognize that such interpretations can change over time." California State Parks is therefore reviewing a name change proposal and will be soliciting public comment.

"We welcome the opportunity to evaluate how to best honor and recognize the significant contributions of African American miners to this region," said Sandoval.

This article will be updated once the mechanism is in place for public comment.

Bald Eagles: Common Questions

How do Bald Eagles compare to Golden Eagles? Why do they call them “Bald” Eagles? How long do they live? Do they keep the same mate? How many eggs do they lay and when? Find the answers to these and other questions about our National Symbol in this 2-page information sheet.

View Bald Eagle information sheet here

FOLFAN 2017 Annual Report

Want to learn more about FOLFAN and what we accomplished in 2017? Please open/download our 2017 Annual Report and learn more about us.

View 2017 Annual Report here


3rd Annual ‘Wild Night with FOLFAN!’

A great time was had by all on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the Granite Bay Activity Center! Wild Night is our annual meeting/mixer for FOLFAN members, fans, donors and volunteers. We work hard to put together a program each year that includes informative speakers, live music, food and beverages, and a fun photo contest.

Big thanks to all those who made this year's event happen, including our event volunteers, our guest speakers, Sana and Terry (our musicians), and the photographers who submitted photos to our 3rd annual photo contest and then converged at the Wild Night event to see the competition. The big winners this year were Sally Cullen (1st overall), Gene McKinnon (2nd overall), and Greg Jung (3rd overall).

View Wild Night slide show here