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Find your spot on the golden arc of sand and let your eyes drift over the shimmering waters of Folsom Lake. Beach lovers and families can have a great day away from the city without the trouble of the long drive to the coast. Granite Bay Beach is located within the grounds of Folsom Lake State Recreation Area, just 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of Sacramento.
Bring a picnic and set up beneath the shade of a tree or at one of the many benches. Alternatively, use one of the barbecue pits and set the coals burning to cook freshly caught fish. Alternatively, choose from the range of sandwiches, burgers and more at the snack bar just behind the beach. There is also a catering service for family and large group picnics. Call ahead to book yourself an easy meal on the grass. Watch for the ice cream man too, although he may not come from the direction you’d expect. At Granite Bay Beach, the ice cream truck is a boat.
Watersports are everywhere at Granite Bay Beach. During summer the water is warm; you can swim safely in a large, buoyed area watched over by lifeguards. Looking out onto the water you will see sailboats, waterskiers, kayakers and windsurfers. If you feel like joining them, head to the snack bar, where you’ll find a range of watersports equipment to rent. Try your hand at windsurfing or take a gentle tour in a canoe. Those who want to go a bit faster should take a Jet Ski for a spin. There are also paddle boats for a more sedate cruise around the lake.
Once you’ve had enough of the water, there’s still plenty to do back on the shore. Toss a Frisbee or have a game of softball on the large grassy areas, or simply lie back in the sun and relax.
Granite Bay beach is open daily. There is a small charge for entering the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area.
Situated in Granite Bay, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Folsom Lake and Granite Bay Beach. Folsom Lake State Recreation Area and Beals Point are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in the heart of Rocklin, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Sierra College and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Johnson-Springview Park. Fountains at Roseville and Placer County Fairgrounds are also within 6 mi (10 km). Rocklin Station is 15 minutes by foot.
Situated in Granite Bay, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Folsom Lake.
Situated in El Dorado Hills, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Folsom Lake and within 9 mi (15 km) of Empire Ranch Golf Club and Bass Lake Golf Course. Mercy Hospital of Folsom and Folsom Valley Railway are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Sierra College and within 3 mi (5 km) of Johnson-Springview Park and Sunset Whitney Golf Course. Westfield Galleria at Roseville and Folsom Lake are also within 6 mi (10 km). Rocklin Station is 28 minutes by foot.
Situated in Loomis, this apartment building is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Folsom Lake and within 6 mi (10 km) of Folsom Lake State Recreation Area and Sierra College. Granite Bay Beach and Beals Point are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated in Rocklin, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sierra College and Johnson-Springview Park. Sunset Whitney Golf Course is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) away. Rocklin Station is 13 minutes by foot.
Situated in Rocklin, this motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Sierra College, Johnson-Springview Park, and Sunset Whitney Golf Course. Westfield Galleria at Roseville and Folsom Lake are also within 6 mi (10 km). Rocklin Station is 24 minutes by foot.