Work to Begin on New Lake Natoma Trail

Work will begin this month on the Lake Natoma Waterfront and Trail Access Enhancement Project, which by next summer, will provide greater access to Lake Natoma and the American River from Folsom’s Historic District.

The project features a 2,500-foot accessible path that will provide dramatic overlooks of Lake Natoma and interpretive signage along the shoreline.  Three bridges will be replaced, new native trees will be planted, and environmental and soil conditions will be improved. A new ramp will be constructed that will allow rowers with kayaks, paddleboards and canoes to easily access Folsom’s Historic District.  And for the first time, a trail suitable for wheelchairs, and more accommodating for families and others with limited ability, will provide access to Lake Natoma. 

The project is in partnership with the United States Bureau of Reclamation and California Department of Parks and Recreation.  The $1.2 million project was funded with two grants from the California River Parkways Grant Program and the Recreational Trails Grant Program.  The City of Folsom collaborated with the California Natural Resources Agency to secure the grant funding.   The project will be completed by summer 2016.  For more information, contact Jim Konopka, senior park planner, at 351-3516 or