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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



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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. 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.

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.         

The main purpose of this website has been to provide information on the Finnon Lake dam and lake restoration project. 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 was deemed to be 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, and additional campsites were created.

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Hello, and welcome to 2018 at Finnon Lake.  I’m Pinocchio I’ve been here for more years than most humans can recall.  As the lake’s only full time resident I like to think of myself as the “unofficial spokes-horse” for Finnon.  From time to time I’ll pop up on this website and pass on things I’ve seen around here.  I’ll also offer my opinion about how things are here and how I see things should be done to make the lake and campgrounds a nice, safe place. Sadly one thing that hasn’t been done by the managing group is to place signs around asking you humans to be safe with fire and dispose of cigarettes safely.  There are plenty of signs around here but none to remind folks to be safe with fires.  I took some photos and posted them farther below.

WELCOME to FINNONLAKE.COM.  This is the original and longest running website for Finnon Lake. is now in its ninth year of providing information about the lake, its history, restoration, local area history and activities to do nearby, as well as current conditions of the lake.  This is the original, and longest operating website for Finnon Lake.  

So here are my newest photos all taken in February, 2018.  Click on any to enlarge and see a caption.


S I mentioned earlier, here are quick shots of all the signs that tell you No this, No that, Closed, Don’t Enter, Parking, No Parking —– yet not one for fire safety, fire awareness, what to do in case of a fire.  Sad for a group that expresses to be a fire association, but what do I know I’m just an old horse.

You may, or may not, be familiar with  this photo.  It’s been showing here since last July, and the stall roof still hasn’t been tended to.  Glad that it’s been cold and snowing……………………………NOT!

February 25, 2018