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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
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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.
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. 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 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.
Sadly the Mosquito General Store is now out of business so there are no concessionaires at the lake, nor outlets to purchase supplies of any kind. Make sure to bring everything you may need for your camp-out. Additionally it appears that the wet winter has disrupted the boat ramp area, trailers not allowed at this time, hand launch only per posted signage.
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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!
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.
In case Finnon is full 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.
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 2016 - 2017.
CAMPING INFORMATION for Finnon Lake
WELCOME - Finnonlake.com is now in its eighth 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.
The winter of 2016-2017 has been one of the wettest on record with 79.91 inches of rainfall in the immediate area of the lake. With all that rain and the resulting runoff Finnon is near full capacity. The spillway was breeched, so to speak, on January 24, 2017. It has been over 20 years since that last occurred. Now is the time to enjoy Finnon Lake. Bring a raft, a kayak, or small boat. (No gas powered engines allowed, however electric motors are acceptable.) Do some fishing, hike on trails around the lake, enjoy the quiet, simply relax. Please note that the concessionaire, Mosquito General Store, has gone out of business. Make sure you bring all supplies and camping needs as there are no stores nearby and town is about 12 miles away.
Click on any photo to enlarge.
What a great sight, a Haliaeetus leucocephalus, better known as the Bald Eagle. This proud raptor took flight from the north side of the lake to perch in this pine on the south side, the perfect vantage sight for seeing its prey in the waters below. Far left photo taken with 100 mm and close up taken with 1000mm lens, a bit blurry but no tripod was handy and about ¼ mile away.
Hi, I’m Pinocchio the only full time resident at Finnon Lake. I’ve lived here for quite some time now and never really complained about anything. Well, today that changes! As I was taking one of my walks what did I see some careless human do? This human threw a still lit cigarette on the ground near dry grass, what an A-HOLE!!! I took a photo for evidence and you can see the burn marks left. I got to this fire starter just in time to step on it to put it out. PLEASE, don’t be uncaring and careless, this is my home and the home to many others as well. Always be careful with fire. It is awfully dry and it doesn’t take much to burn down my forest home! Maybe the managers of the property can put up some “Be Safe With Fire!” Signs????
The photos directly below were taken on July 20, 2017. The algal growth is getting thicker, and spreading more into the body of the lake. To date it doesn’t appear the lake’s management team cares as they have done nothing visible to abate the problem. At some point this growth may become a health hazard. For comparison click HERE for May 28th photos and HERE for July 2 photos.
Hi, it’s me again. I was hoping my “PSA” announcement at the top of the page would prompt the lake’s management group to get some signs made up, but nothing has happened yet. I asked for signs about a month ago. Go Figure!!! Anything that has a monetary cost they run and hide from. Take a look at my humble stable, a couple photos are below. A very nice man built my stable for me about 17 years ago with no cost to the lake’s management group. Now the roof is collapsing and there are huge holes in it. It is an awful mess and I have no protection from the rains anymore. Maybe you can help me? Please e-mail the care-takers at the following firstname.lastname@example.org and ask them for some ‘careful with fire’ signs and some plywood to fix my roof. I’ll keep you posted but already have an idea of what their answer will be.
Photos below were taken in May of 2017, soon after the winter/spring rains stopped. Lake is as full as it can be. Spring wild flowers and blooming weeds are sprouting and the Canadian Geese are flying in.