Situated along the Lake Natoma, the Willow Creek Recreation Area is a park with many recreational activities for people of all ages and is located in Folsom, California. With enough parking to accommodate all vehicles even on a busy day, this park facilitates boating, fishing and swimming activities. There are shops here where you can rent kayaks, or paddleboats. This park also has great boat launchers along with a large open space, and a number of trails.
How to Reach Willow Creek Recreation Area
- By car
- By tram - Iron Point Station (EB) light rail station (Tram: Gold)
Willow Creek Recreation Area Reviews & Ratings
Willow Creek on Lake Natoma in Folsom, CA, is a nice place to go out on kayak. There are many ducks and geese, so the dock has poop but still nice because of proximity to parking lot. It makes it convenient when you have short walk carrying a 50 lb kayak.
It was our first time there and we had a great time kayaking! The parking lot was almost full at 10:30 am but it was Labor Day, so I think during a regular weekend it might be less crowded. You can rent kayak and SUP, and probably pedal boats too because we saw some on the lake. It will definitely be our main spot to go kayaking!
If you like flat water paddling, this is a decent spot to start. Go towards Folsom, past the two bridges, and up the American River until stopped by the overhead sign. The last part, where you're paddling upstream, is particularly nice. Directly across from Negro Bar, there is a maze of islands that host s lot of wildlife. Muskrats and otters aren't uncommon. Summer days can be hot, so start early or go for a sunset paddle. Weekends can be crowded.
This is a great place for paddle boarding! * Not as crowded as the other Folsom/Lake Natoma boat launches and has a large and efficient parking lot (vs Negro Bar!). * The entrance sneaks up on you and is a skinny one way road. * No guard shack so you have to pay at the kiosk if you don’t have a pass (which can be purchased at the other Folsom/Lake Tahoe boat launches). * Kayak and SUP rentals on the weekends. * There are a couple nice large picnic areas, seems people drop their stuff on the tables to reserve them
Not a lot of people know about this location easy access to the water to launch kayaks also kayak rentals there at that location and parking is $10 for the day Willow Creek is a nice Lagoon to learn paddle boarding or kayaking with access to the lake