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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).

Dam reconstruction/replacement began June 6, 2011 and was officially final January 4, 2012. Although the dam is complete there is still plenty that has to be done. The lake needs to be refilled, fish restocked, brush cleared, a possible boat ramp, spillway bridge repairs, the list goes on. For information on the reconstruction project please view the History & Restoring menu link, and its sub pages.


Click any photo to enlarge and then scroll through this short series. Hundreds of photos and several videos are available of the reconstruction on the archives page.

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 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



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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.

Finnonlake.com is pleased to provide you with information from the RCD as soon as it is presented to us, look for additional information soon.

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)

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 the Maps and Links 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.         

APRIL  2014 -

Another month has zoomed by and vacation time is getting closer.  If you love the outdoors it is time to think about camping, fishing, boating, hiking, and just a myriad of things to do outdoors.  Please visit our Camping page and also our Maps and Links page for additional camping information and area activities.  Finnon Lake campgrounds are scheduled to reopen on May 23, 2014.  The bridge that crosses the dam’s spillway has a tentative completion date of May 16, 2014 as it required replacement.  Fishing at the lake is scheduled to begin May 1, 2014. A California State fishing license is being required by the lake’s owner for anyone over 16 years of age.  Fishing is catch and release only, no live bait, lures and flies only.  Boats will be allowed, but no gas powered engines - electric and/or oars only.  

The new Mosquito General Market & Kitchen begins its second month.  They are located at the entrance to the campgrounds and dam.  Sandwiches and convenience store items are available.

Water level in the lake rose about one more foot during the remainder of March, and since the photos (lower, right slide-show) were taken early in March. The latest estimated depth of the lake, as of April 1, is 30.5 feet at the dam’s face.  The refilling of the lake has only been accomplished by Mother Nature.  

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.