Discover Tranquility at Peninsula Campground, Folsom Lake: Your Ultimate Camping Guide

Uncover the serene beauty of Peninsula Campground, nestled on the east side of Folsom Lake between the picturesque north and south forks of the American River. Accessed via a scenic drive along Highway 49 to Pilot Hill and then 11 miles west on Rattlesnake Bar Road, Peninsula Campground offers a peaceful retreat with easy access to the lake’s waters. As you plan your camping escapade, explore our guide for top tips, strategies, and gear recommendations to ensure an unforgettable experience.

Map & Reservations

Top Tips for First-Time Campers:

  • Embrace the Tent Life: With 34 tent-only sites available, consider choosing a spot to immerse yourself in the true camping experience.
  • Arrival Essentials: Arrive early to secure a favorable spot, especially during high lake levels when the launch ramp is in use.
  • Pet-Friendly Atmosphere: Pets are welcome but ensure they are always on a leash and attended, with specific guidelines for nighttime arrangements.
  • Reservation Savvy: While some sites have non-specific reservations, securing a reservation ensures a hassle-free camping experience.
  • Explore Oaks Nature Trail: Take a leisurely hike along Oaks Nature Trail to appreciate the natural beauty surrounding the campground.

Strategies for Optimal Camping Experience:

  • Ideal Seasons for Camping: Plan your visit between April and September to enjoy the optimal camping weather and explore the diverse attractions.
  • Tranquil Evening Arrivals: Aim for an early afternoon arrival to soak in the peaceful ambiance during quiet hours from 10:00 PM to 8:00 AM.
  • Waterfront Leisure: Take advantage of the two launch ramps and proximity to Oaks Nature Trail for a perfect blend of water activities and scenic hikes.
  • Folsom Lake Exploration: Venture beyond the campground to explore Folsom Lake’s attractions, including boating, water skiing, and fishing.
  • Bicycling Bliss: Cycle along the paved bike trail connecting Beals Point to the American River Hike & Bike Trail for a scenic adventure.

Recommended Camping Gear:

  • Versatile Clothing: Pack layers to accommodate varying temperatures, ensuring comfort throughout your camping experience.
  • Water Recreation Gear: Bring water-friendly gear for boating, water skiing, and fishing adventures on Folsom Lake.
  • Portable Grill: Enhance your camping meals with a portable grill, perfect for cooking over a campfire or designated fire pits.
  • Outdoor Games: Elevate your camping fun with outdoor games like horseshoes, readily available at the campground.
  • Explore Our Gearlist: Check our gearlist account for specific recommendations on camp cooking, sleeping systems, overlanding setups, backpacks, and clothing to optimize your camping experience.

Check out our Gearlist for the gear we use for trips like this

Our Gearlist account lists all of the gear we use. Discover our top picks, where to snag them, and stay informed with our regular updates.

Embark on your Peninsula Campground journey, where tranquility meets adventure amidst the stunning landscape of Folsom Lake. As you enjoy the quieter end of the lake, adhere to campground regulations, from fire pit usage to generator hours, ensuring a respectful and enjoyable stay. For any updates, check Folsom Lake State Recreation Area, and explore nearby campgrounds for future outdoor escapades. Whether you’re a seasoned camper or embarking on your first adventure, Peninsula Campground promises an idyllic retreat, surrounded by nature’s beauty and endless possibilities for exploration.