Amidst open woodlands interspersed with blue oaks, foothill pines and lupine or Indian paintbrush in the fertile spring wildflower season, you can sleep off the delicious exhaustion of days spent in the saddle, on a pair of jet skies or dipped in a warm summer lake! No matter where you pitch your tent at Folsom Lake State Recreation Area, you’ll never be too far from the refreshing song of water. Campsites here tend to be especially kid friendly, with easy access to boat ramps and picnic tables that border the lake’s splendor. In this well-loved recreation area you have more than one camping option to choose from. Peninsula Campground, a more secluded spot between the north and south forks of the American River, provides 100 family campsites and can accommodate trailers up to 18 feet and motor homes up to 24 feet. There are no site hookups, but there are flush toilets, hot showers and piped drinking water. You also have your pick of two launch ramps and a day use area.
Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
17 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Up to 6 vehicles
No wheelchair access
No campfires
No toilet
No pets
No potable water
No picnic table


Offered near the campground.


Folsom Lake is a prime launching point for a scenic pedal along 32-miles of paved bike paths! Put a picnic in your basket and...Read more


Boats find themselves in good company at Folsom Lake, be it motor, sail or paddle and as long as you pay the $1 per boat/perso...Read more


With one hand dragging lazily through Folsom Lake’s serene aquatic body, you might just reel in a trout with the other one...or...Read more


Folsom Lake State Recreation area is not so much a hiker’s challenge as it is a walker’s delight. The preserved stretch of nat...Read more

Horseback riding

Take in the sparkle of Folsom Lake from the saddle, trotting your way along some 80-miles worth of horse friendly trails. Visi...Read more

Wind sports

If you want to get in the mood for windsurfing on Folsom Lake, watch someone else ride the zephyrous current and plan for a d...Read more


Poets have described lakes as still places where water breathes. They are a secret sheen in winter and a universal playground i...Read more

Wildlife watching

Ready your binoculars! At Folsom Lake you can set your eyes on creatures of both wing and fin, including a variety of waterfowl...Read more


Natural features you'll find at Peninsula Campground.

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Hipcamper Mike
Mike S.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 7th, 2023

We just got back yesterday and wanted to write when info is still fresh in our minds. We were 4 families and a total of 15 people at sites 58-96.
* The park says it can accommodate up to 8 people per site, but only a very few sites allow for a 8 person tent and much fewer that allows multiple tents per site. Luckily we booked 4 sites so we were able to accommodate our group.
* Make sure you do not go when it is hot. The trees and site layouts are not good. Our sites were constantly under the sun. You will need plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated.
* Bathrooms were not maintained at all. We did not see any cleaning happen during the 3 days we were there. Not sure if the park or the visitors has to be blamed.

Hipcamper Phil
Phil G.
didn't provide a recommendation.
September 10th, 2016

my wife is sleeping in her car and needs a place to sleep​...........just need a parking lot to park in to sleep ..........shelters are job is about to end and she is getting a new job.....but all shelters are full ...right now...thank you​
her tele is ....916 704 6803​ ​her name is beth grieves
do you know of any free camping around folsom lake ...that will let her sleep in them

Hipcamper Jessie
Jessie S.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 16th, 2015

Gorgeous campground but be aware, many sites 78-81 facing the lake are quite literally on top of one another. If you are more solitary, pick sites away from the lake edge. Sound carries here and it's very noisy!

Hipcamper Mike S.
doesn't recommend this listing.
August 7th, 2023
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September 24th, 2018
Hipcamper Kat K.
recommends this listing.
March 15th, 2018
Hipcamper Tom K.
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November 15th, 2017
Hipcamper Jessie S.
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February 12th, 2017
Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
United States
Phone Number
(916) 988-0205
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38.76° N, 121.112° W
Unknown price
Tent Only: 4 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)
Unknown price
Tent / RV / Trailer: 13 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)