Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Paddling on Lake Natoma

The warmer waters in the valley reservoirs enticed me back to Lake Natoma for an afternoon paddle.  I put in from the docks at Nimbus Flat State Park off Hazel Avenue in Folsom.   The docks sit low enough in the water that it’s easy to launch without getting your feet wet.  The “warm” water is still in the low 50 degree range.

I was the only one on the water because rain showers were passing through.  However, the winds were light, making the water nice for boating.  The lake is mainly used by non- motorized boats and swimmers.  Motorized boats are restricted to 5mph.  They tell me rainbow trout, brown trout, black bass, crappie, and bluegill are in the lake.  I do see quite a few black bass when swimming here.

As you paddle the banks of Lake Natoma you can see numerous species of birds.  Ducks, geese, kingfishers, hawks, and killdeer are plentiful.  Every time I go to this lake to exercise, I end up slowing down to take pictures of the birds.

Lake Natoma is the perfect place to take your boat for fitness or fun.  This is the home to the Sacramento State Aquatic Center.  They will rent you most any human powered or sail powered boat you can think of. 

There are several weekend rowing competitions during the summer months,  but you can  safely use the lake during competition.

Returning to the dock just as the rain started.


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  2. Hi- do you know what type of bird that is in the 3rd picture with the red head?

    1. I see those birds from the valley to the mountains but I don't know what they are.

  3. It's a common merganser

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