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RESTORATION & AREA ACTIVITIES

RESTORATION & AREA ACTIVITIES

FINNON LAKE

FINNON LAKE

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These scrolling photos show the construction to completion of the concrete base support for the gear works that open/close the drain valve, which is located at the lowest point of the lake’s bottom. Water can drain from the lake into Jaybird Creek, which begins just to the west of the dam.

This photo shows the supports and rod that  goes from the control gears to the drain gate.  Clicking on the photo will enlarge it to show how the supports may be used to gauge the depth of the water.  As of March 7, 2013 the water is just above the sixth support (from the top).

Left to right -1) August 2011 satellite view (©BING). Blue outline shows future size of lake. 2) (Photo© RockCreekCafe.com) Aerial view April 2012 with runoff water refilling the lake.  3) July 2012 Satellite View © on photo; 4) - what the lake will be as soon as it is near capacity, note that the east end of lake (almost half) is not in photo.  Click first three photos to enlarge.

PLEASE!   WHEN VISITING THE AREA PLEASE BE SAFE WITH FIRE, MATCHES, BBQ’S CIGARETTES, CAMPFIRES, AND ANYTHING THAT CAN START A FIRE or FUEL A FIRE.  FIRE SAFETY IS 365 DAYS A YEAR!!

Please go to the MAPS & LINKS page for driving instructions and an array of additional sites and activities in the immediate area.  Visit and pitch your tent for a day, week or longer and enjoy rowing the boat, a round of disc golf, however - going after that large mouth bass will have to wait a bit as the lake slowly refills.








A Visitor to the lake          Wintertime at the old lake    Campground clean-up      Fishing anyone?               How about disc golf?          











WHILE WAITING FOR THE LAKE TO REFILL - (it’s only been 2+ years, sad!)


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 & 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 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.

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Any news or updates for 2014 will initially be posted on this page, then moved to the Finnon Restoration Main Page, found under the History and Restoring link at the top of the page, (or click here.) Look for prior month’s updates there.

The main purpose of this website is 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.  If not for these agencies the project would never have been accomplished.  Please go to the History & Restoring pages for photos, videos, and links to the RCD website, and click HERE to go to the SNC website.


In addition this website has many additional pages - activities, maps, weather, area history and more.  Please look for them all in the navigation bar at the top of each page.

Click the HERE for more weather.

Current weather at Finnon Lake - updates automatically every minute.

(Note: Above photos are not of Finnon Lake and are provided by weatherunderground.com)

JULY  2014

The long days of summer are here and with those comes the opportunity for some fun in the sun.  The campground is open and waiting for you to visit. Fishing is available at Finnon, however at this time it is catch and release.  A valid fishing license is also required by the owner of the lake.  The new spillway bridge is complete and is ready.  The road over the dam and bridge has been paved with a chip seal covering allowing easy access to the day use area, disc golf course parking area, and of course the campsites.  The county operated water supplier is still releasing water to help fill the lake but at this time the flow rate is barely keeping up with evaporation.  The Mosquito General Market and Kitchen is available for those ‘general store’ items you may need as well as sandwiches and burgers.  Below are a few photos for July 1.  Visit the lake and market soon!


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 HERE to 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.

Please stop by for a visit and enjoy our neighborhood.  The Eldorado National Forest is our backyard.  Catch and release fishing and camping will begin soon.  Check out the Camping page for more information.

Left to right -


The completed spillway bridge.



The new road over the dam.



Signs of fish.



The old well house foundation.



The beached raft in the coffer area.



Drain control.  Water depth at about 28 feet at dam’s face.


A wide angle view of Finnon.