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 this past summer 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 50 acre feet out of the potential 350 acre feet, yet fishing and the use of small boats can now be done. As things change we’ll post it here. Newest photos of the lake are farther down this page.
Going forward we are changing our format to provide more camping and area activities information. For past information on the restoration project, area history, and archived information please use the History and Restoring link at the top of each page.
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We are now in our fifth year and FinnonLake.com would like to say thank you to all the visitors to this website. To date we have had folks from 89 different countries view our information, photos and videos. Click HEREto view a list of the countries our visitors come from. Again, thanks to all for your visit. Please note that right clicking on an object to copy it has been disabled. If you want a copy of a photo, or information please contact the webmaster of this site.
Visit and pitch your tent for a day, a week or longer and enjoy rowing the boat, a round of disc golf, catch and release fishing, dark night skies for stargazing, wildlife viewing and much more.
A Visitor to the lake Wintertime at the old lake Campground clean-up Fishing anyone? How about disc golf?
You don’t have to wait for the lake to be completely refilled - you can enjoy it today, plus these activities……..
There are an additional array of activities which are nearby as well. The Eldorado National Forest; 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 & ACTIVITIESpage 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 by 2013.
Aerial photos courtesy USGS, all others courtesy www.eldoradorcd.org
FINNON PHOTOS THROUGH THE YEARS
FOR A SLIDE SHOW OF RECENT PHOTOS PRIOR TO THE RECONSTRUCTION PLEASE CLICK HERE.
PLEASE! WHEN VISITING FINNON PLEASE BE SAFE WITH FIRE, MATCHES, BBQ’S CIGARETTES, CAMPFIRES, or ANYTHING THAT CAN START or FUEL A FIRE. FIRE SAFETY IS 365 DAYS A YEAR!
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Please stop by for a visit and enjoy our neighborhood. The Eldorado National Forest is our backyard. Catch and release fishing and camping are available. Check out the Camping page for more information.
Finnon Lake Recreation Area is approximately 120 acres located in the Sierra Nevada Foothills. At about 2400 feet in elevation the area is quite, peaceful, and relaxing. Catch and release fishing is available at Finnon Lake, along with boating (no gas powered boats; hand row or electric trolling only), camping, hiking, and a twenty “hole” disk golf course is available. More information can be located on the CAMPING page.
In addition to the fun you can have at Finnon there are many more activities and experiences that are all close by. The Eldorado National Forest, Placerville (or Old Hangtown as it was called), Gold Bug Park, The Rubicon Trail, White Water Rafting, ATV Trails, and much more are all close by.
More information on how to get to Finnon as well as links to nearby activities can be viewed by clicking HERE.
As new photos of the lake become available we shall post them in this area. Scroll over a photo to enlarge.
Photos taken October, 2014
This selection shows some different views of the Finnon Lake Recreation Area. Click on any to see a caption then use the forward or back arrow to scroll through the selection.