Our World: Folsom Lake

Folsom Lake, CaliforniaThe weekend before last we drove through Patterson Pass Road and saw what the rains had done to the Diablo Range this winter. Then last weekend we went east to see Folsom Lake, a reservoir whose level has been an indication of how bad California’s-drought-of-five-years has been.

Folsom Lake, which lies in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Range stores waters of American River and its tributaries. It is also in charge of doing flood-control in the area. This lake which is said to be the 9th largest reservoir in California is spread over 11, 400 acres of land and the area can be quite an attraction for hiking, boating and biking.

If you’ve heard about what the winter has been like in California this year, you will have heard of the many storms that came the state’s way this time. As such, when we visited, the water in the reservoir was still pretty muddy. It was my first visit so I have no pictures to show how low the levels were before the winter storms visited here. But it sure looked like the lake could hold a lot more water.

I’m sure once the rains have called it a day, the lake will be nice and blue and beautiful. When we visited, it was the first week of March, the water wasn’t exactly pretty but it was nice to be out after several weeks of rain. And the rains had beautified the area with lots of greenery and some wild flowers too.

Our destination that day was Folsom Point one of the places in the Folsom Lake State Recreations Area that is open to visitors. We found a table in the middle of the rich green grass, and overlooking the lake.  After lunch we walked down to the lake to have a closer look at it.

This is what Folsom Lake looked like from Folsom Point which is at the south end  of the reservoir:

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Folsom Lake, California

Folsom Lake, California

Folsom Lake, California

Folsom Lake, California

Folsom Lake, California

Some time later, the blue skies and white fluffy clouds gave way to a grey sky. And the winds began to blow as northern California began to brace for another storm that was to come later that evening. The kids surprisingly chose the warmth of the car over a longer walk around that part of the lake, so mommy armed herself with a camera and hit the trails. It was green and gorgeous and there were very few people out hiking. Even the rattlesnakes in the area seemed to be having an indoor day, I guess.

Here are a few pictures from the hike in the south eastern part of the lake.

Trail near Folsom Lake, California Trail near Folsom Lake, California Folsom Lake, California

Folsom Lake from one of the trails.

Folsom Lake

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  1. I have only seen Folsom Lake from the freeway. It must be so full nowadays.

    • I believe the levels have gone up several feet. But it looked like Folsom Lake could hold a lot more water.
      Don’t visit yet, Maria. I think you should go when the water gets clear and looks lovelier. 🙂 But now is a good time to hike around there because there are only a few visitors visiting the area around this time. 😉

  2. A lovely retreat. Has the water situation improved in California with recent rainfall?

    I love hiking and visiting places that are less crowded. This looks like one such places.

    • Hey Saru,
      The drought has gotten a whole lot better (Gosh! the amount rain we got this year). But the experts say we are not exactly out of drought.

      There were very few people there when we visited. But it sure looked like a lot of people visit when the weather is warmer and the water is bluer, maybe. 🙂

      It’s a great place to stroll around. 😉

      Thank you for stopping by, Saru. 🙂

  3. Very pretty pics especially the one of Folsom Point:)

  4. Gorgeous captures all!

  5. Re your query on my post – Kolis do play with colour but this is celebration of Holika dahan on the earlier evening when the win of good over evil is celebrated by burning Holika.

  6. Very interesting post on lakes. Thanks for sharing

  7. If you’ve heard about what the winter has been like in California this year, you will have heard of the many storms that came the state’s way this time.Yes , Television Channels were telling about it . Beautiful place and beautiful journey

    • You probably heard of that dam with the broken spillway that was in danger during the heavy rains from the storms. That dam is around 80 miles north of this dam.

      Thank you Yogi, for the appreciation.

  8. All photographs of the tree are so honest! I mean, they reveal the true elegance and beauty of the tree.

  9. Wow! Such a picturesque place it is. I love some of the snaps which you took while hiking under the dark clouds and those trees and rocks are adding such a fantastic touch to the pictures. No wonder the place is naturally so beautiful.

    • It is quite picturesque, is it not? The grey clouds sure did make the pictures pretty dramatic.

      I’m sure this lake would look better in a few weeks time, once the rains are all gone. I’m hoping to see blue water when I visit there next.

      Thank you, Saumy. 🙂

  10. Wonderful captures. Looks like a good place to spend lazy hot day.

  11. Very nice shots…..amazing.

  12. Beautiful,amazing and lovely pictures..

  13. The Folsom lake looks so beautiful. Wonderful captures. Thanks for this visual treat 🙂

  14. Beautiful photographs!

  15. My fascination with lakes is never ending. Many of my posts these days have a touch of lake-experience, if I’ve been around one.

    Btw, I would have loved that hike…I am sure you did too ☺️

    • I like lakes too, but I think I like the mountains more. 🙂

      I believe I’ve visited some your lake posts, Alok. The calm and the colours of lakes are always so attractive. They’re a lot of fun for photography too, aren’t they?

      That was a pretty short hike around Folsom lake, but I seemed to photographed the trail and the sights at every corner.

  16. Amazing exposure and framing of the brooding skies and the lake. Your photography moves up a notch every time I return to your blog. You have moved on from the science of simply capturing images to the art of creating magic. Congratulations!

    • Thank you so, so, much, USP. You made my WEEK! 🙂
      Thank you for being so kind. It means a whole lot!

      Btw — I’m still waiting for you to wake up that dormant photo blog of yours. We really could do with more of your beautiful work with light, USP. 🙂

  17. Each of the captures are like an artwork. I especially loved the last one…

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