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Finnon Lake is close to so many activities……There are an additional array of activities which are nearby as well. The Eldorado National Forest (check out their camping areas as well); the Marshall gold discovery site / Sutter's Mill in Coloma; ATV trails in Georgetown; White water rafting on the South Fork of the American River; the Rubicon Trail for you Jeep fans; and the town of Placerville also known as "Old Hangtown." The oldest suspension bridge in California is nearby. The oldest, still operating, hardware store west of the Mississippi and oldest, still operating, newspaper west of the Mississippi are in Placerville as well. Come visit us and our neighbors, you'll enjoy the peace and quiet, as well as the activities. Click on the MAPS & ACTIVITIES page to see several additional things you may do while visiting the area. AND - if you enjoy stargazing on a dark evening bring your telescope, or binoculars. The night sky can be unbelievably clear and dark.
For additional history of the immediate area surrounding the lake click HERE.
Click on any photo to enlarge and scroll through this set. The far left begins the series with a 1946 aerial view. The lake should hopefully be back to a full level soon, but remember the area has been in a drought for four years.
Aerial photos courtesy USGS, all others courtesy www.eldoradorcd.org
FINNON PHOTOS THROUGH THE YEARS
The 5 larger photos were taken October 12, 2016. The smaller comparison photos are from March 15, 2016. Click on any photo (large or small) to begin a slide show.
The main purpose of this website has been to provide information on the Finnon Lake dam and lake restoration project. Finnonlake.com would like to say thanks to the El Dorado County and Georgetown Divide Resource Conservation Districts (RCD)and the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) for all their efforts in making the dam restoration possible. As of summer, 2014, the restoration project has been deemed complete. The dam was replaced, fish habitats installed, fish restocked, a boat launch area installed, a boat wash station was completed, a new bridge over the dam’s spillway, new safety railing installed on the road over the dam, additional campsites created and a new concessionaire began business. The only thing left for us to report on is the actual water level of the lake itself. Presently it is at about 100 acre feet out of the potential 350 acre feet, yet fishing and the use of small boats can now be done. If things change we’ll post it here.
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Directions from Placerville, CA
You'll have two options to get to the lake. One allows you to drive over the oldest suspension bridge in the State. It's narrow, one car at a time, and the scenic river and canyon below makes it all the worth-while. The other is a bit longer, but necessary if you're towing a trailer, or in a RV. Click HERE for directions.
Finnonlake.com has had visitors from over 92 different countries. Whether you’re from Boise or Berlin, San Francisco or Sydney, we wish to thank you for visiting. Finnon Lake is located in the heart of California’s Motherlode area. For a list of countries our visitors are from please click HERE.
Make sure to visit our other pages for things to do and a history of the area.
While you’re visiting this website please check out our other pages of information. Check out the Maps & Activities pages for an array of things to do in the area and go to the History & Restoring pages for information on Finnon Lake including links to archived restoration information.
There are several additional campgrounds in the neighboring Eldorado National Forest which are quite nice, scenic, with boating and fishing available, and can accommodate everything from backpackers to tents to very large RVs - Some are open year-round, some have cabins for rent, for a listing of these great campgrounds please click HERE.
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Finnon Lake campground is open - The spillway bridge has been replaced and is large enough to support motor homes. Fishing is allowed but is catch and release, no live bait, lures only; click HERE for the campsite map, an on-line reservation form, and contact information.
The area is in it’s 4th year of drought, where ever you travel or camp please be careful! Take advantage of the increased water depths while it lasts before the dry summer months. Water increase thanks to the latest series of storms during the winter of 2015 - 2016.
CAMPING INFORMATION for Finnon Lake
ADDITIONAL CAMPING INFORMATION
Google Maps™ has created a “street view” map for viewing, and one that will give you a visual experience, on getting to Finnon Lake. Depending on what route you wish to take to get to Finnon (see this page for additional information) we have created two links to begin your virtual drive. If you take the Mosquito Bridge route click HERE, your journey begins at the start of Mosquito Road in Placerville, and don’t forget to make that left hand turn about 2 miles up the road to stay on Mosquito Road. If you will be taking the Rock Creek Road route then click HERE, that drive begins at the junction of State Highway 193 from Highway 49, about one mile north of US Highway 50.
Either way - enjoy your virtual drive, thanks to Google Maps™. A new browser window will open to view your journey.