By Kelli Wheeler

Beal’s Point, Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
7806 Folsom-Auburn Rd.
Folsom, CA 95630
Hours: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Price: $10
(916) 988-0205

Pack a picnic, flotation devices, and sand toys for a great lake in our own backyard. For a $10 park admission, it’s an inexpensive way to spend a leisurely day on the shores of Folsom Lake. Convenient parking, plenty of clean bathrooms and a snack bar make it easy to have a pleasurable experience with little ones in tow.
The Beach

Beal’s Point has an expansive sand beach and with the water high this year the hike to water’s edge isn’t far. Nestled in a protected cove, there’s a roped off swimming area with lifeguards seven days a week during the summer. During the busy summer season, get there early for the best spots. Leave Fido at home though – no dogs are allowed on the beach.

Picnic Area

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Above the beach is a grassy area with trees, picnic tables, barbecues and shade structures if you want to get out of the sun and off the sand. There’re plenty of clean bathrooms, changing rooms, and showers to clean off when you’re done playing in the sun. There’s also a full service snack bar and equipment rental if you don’t want to pack all the gear. Dogs are allowed in this area on leash.
What to Pack

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For a comfortable beach experience pack a pop-up or umbrella for shade, beach chairs or blanket, and water shoes or Tevas for the hot, coarse sand. For fun on the water make sure to pack life vests for kids, sand toys for the beach, and noodles and inflatables for floating. To keep costs down fill a rolling cooler with drinks, sandwiches, fruit, and snacks and don’t forget the sunscreen, towels, hats, and camera!
Snack Shack

If you don’t feel like lugging a cooler, the Beal’s Point Snack Bar is open every day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. There are plenty of healthy choices along with kid-friendly treats ranging in price from $1.50 to $6. Choose from fruit, trail mix, ice cream, candy, sno-cones, salads, sandwiches, chicken sandwiches, burgers, corn dogs, sodas, iced tea, energy drinks, juice, water and more.
Equipment Rental

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Don’t have, forgot, or don’t want to carry beach and water accessories? The Beal’s Point Snack Bar also rents beach equipment starting at $2 for a life vest and $20/hr for larger beach equipment like pedal boats, sail boards, sail boats, jet skis, canoes, row boats. They also have shade canopies, volleyball sets, rafts of all sizes and for the more adventurous sail board lessons are available for those wanting to learn how to windsurf.
BBQ Time

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Feel like grilling at the lake? Barbecues are located in the picnic area above the beach with nearby picnic tables for your spread. If you want to plan a family reunion or large get-together there’s catering for family and company picnics, as well as group discount rental rates.
Where to Park

Once you enter the park and head toward Beal’s Point beach you will find plenty of parking, some with shade. It’s conveniently located adjacent to the picnic areas and above the beach, so when the water’s high, it’s a short trip with all the gear. When the water’s low (normally late July/August), prepare for an uphill hike with hot, tired kids back to the car.
Extended Stay – Overnight Camping

If you’d like to spend more than a day at the beach camping reservations can be made through Online Reservations or by calling 1-800-444-7275. Beal’s Point is located just north of Folsom Dam and has 69 family campsites that will accommodate trailers and motor homes up to 31 feet long. There are no individual campsite hookups but there is piped in drinking water and wheelchair accessible restrooms with showers on the property.
Directions to the Beal’s Point campground:

80 east Reno
From Hwy 80 you will take the Douglas Blvd. exit out of the city of Roseville. Go east on Douglas for about 6 miles make a right on Auburn-Folsom Rd. go about 2 miles until you come to a stop light the sign will say Beal’s Point and you make a left.
Kelli Wheeler is an author, family columnist and mother of two living in Sacramento. You can read her humorous Momservations blog at and follow her on Twitter at