Rancho Seco Recreational Area

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14960 Twin Cities Road, Herald, CA 95638
14400 Twin Cities Road Herald California 95638 US
(209) 748-2318(209) 748-2318

THE SWIM BEACH AT RANCHO SECO IS NOW OPEN!

The swim beach is available for swimming at the park. The triathlon will be held this weekend and will include the swimming event portion.

Rancho Seco Recreational Area is a 400-acre park overflowing with recreational opportunities including camping, boating, fishing, swimming and wildlife viewing. The 160-acre lake is fed by the Folsom South Canal and is a great year-round day or overnight getaway located in California’s Central Valley, just 25 miles from downtown Sacramento.

To Make A Reservation for Rancho Seco Campground Please Click Here

Monster Movie Nights are here this October at Rancho Seco!

2018 Trout Derby is coming March 17th & 18th, 2018

Pre-registration will be available here soon.

This year’s derby will feature fantastic prizes including two fishing boats, two kayaks, swag bags and subscriptions for the Fish Sniffer Magazine!

Gates open at 6 am on Saturday and Sunday. All participants must complete registration by 10 am to participate in the event. Parents or guardians of youth participants are required to fill out the entry form on behalf of their kids and are also required to chaperone their kids throughout the duration of the entire event. Each participant will be given the opportunity to compete for equal value prizes on day 1 and 2 at the cost of only $5 per angler.

All participants will have their trout weighed on a fully functional “electronic” scale. There will also be a electronic back up scale on hand if needed. Each participant will be given the opportunity to weigh-in their single heaviest trout between the hours of 2 and 4 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Also, all participants who are fortunate enough to weigh in a trout will be given a weigh-slip immediately after their fish has been officially weighed. All participants will compete for equal value prizes on day 1 and 2 and the winners of the boat and kayak on Saturday will not be eligible to compete on Sunday.

The the awards ceremonies will take place soon after the last trout has been weighed-in by the 4 PM deadline on each day.

2016-2017 Trout Planting Schedule:

Park Hours

April 1 – October 31: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm   *No entrance after 6:00 pm

November 1 – March 31: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm   *No entrance after 3:30 pm

Please call the Park for current Boat Rental and Camp Store hours.

Entry Fees
ENTRY FEES Daily Senior/ Disabled
Car/Day Use $10 $8
Car Top Launch/Kayak $13 $11
Boat Launch/Trailer $15 $12
Buses (10 people +) $35 $35
Motorcycle $5 $5
Dog $3 $3
Annual Pass $85 $70
Annual Pass Boat/Trailer $125 $105
Annual Pass Car Top Launch/Kayak $110 $90
Group Picnic Area (2B & 2C) (reserved) $70 $70
Picnic Pavilions (reserved) $25 $25
CAMPING RATES Regular Senior/Disabled
Tent Campsite Waterfront – Mar 1 to Oct 31 $25 $22
Tent Campsite Waterfront – Nov 1 to Feb 28 $15 $15
Tent Campsite – Mar 1 to Oct 31 $20 $17
Tent Campsite – Nov 1 to Feb 28 $15 $15
RV Campsite – Mar 1 to Oct 31 $30 $27
RV Campsite – Nov 1 to Feb 28 $20 $20
Group Campsite (1 & 2) (does not include vehicle fees) $200 $200
Dump Station $10 $10
RV Campsites rented for 7 nights $180 $180
Extra Vehicle Fee $10 $8
Dog (per dog/per stay) $3 $3
Kayak (per stay) $3 $3
Boat Launch (per boat/per stay) $5 $5
*All prices are subject to change without notice.

14 Day Stay Limit on all sites

Boating & Rentals

You may launch an electric motor boat, rowboat or sailboat from the two ramps located at each end of the dam. Ramp hours coincide with facility hours. Kayaks, Row Boats, Stand Up Paddleboards, Electric powered fishing boats are available on a seasonal basis. Windsurfers are also welcome on the lake. Gas motors are not permitted on the lake.

RENTAL EQUIPMENT

All rental boats must be returned and checked in 1 hour prior to closing the park. All prices are subject to change without notice. A valid driver license is required for rentals.

Type 1st Hour Add’l Hour Deposit
Kayak, Single $10 $8 $34
Kayak, Double $12 $10 $42
Paddle board $10 $8 $42
Pedal boats $15 $8 $55

 

Type 1st Hour Add’l Hour All Day Deposit
Electric Boat $20 $10 $60 $60
Row Boat $12 $8 $52 $52
Park Information

Rancho Seco Recreational Area is a 400-acre park overflowing with recreational opportunities including camping, boating, fishing, swimming and wildlife viewing. The 160-acre lake is fed by the Folsom South Canal and is a great year-round day or overnight getaway located in California’s Central Valley, just 25 miles from downtown Sacramento.

The area was acquired by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District in 1992 and has developed into a scenic recreational area and wildlife refuge. Locals and visitors enjoy the land, wildlife and water activities offered throughout this facility. Developing recreational opportunities for nearby cities and preserving the land is a central focus at Rancho Seco.

Reservable Dry Camp Sites
Reservable RV Sites
Reservable Group Sites
Fishing Information

This fresh water lake is a habitat for bass, bluegill, red ear sunfish, crappie and catfish. Rainbow trout are stocked in the lake January through March. Fishing licenses are required and can be purchased at the lake office. Fishing piers allow access for those with disabilities. The annual trout derby is held in the spring and is always a popular event. Night fishing is not permitted.

Services

CAMPING
Accommodations are available for RVs and tent campers year-round.

  • Site Amenities: barbecues and fire pits, picnic tables, drinking water and electrical outlets
  • Dump Station: located within the park
  • Campsites: 18 RV sites and 32 tent sites

Rancho Seco Brochure and Park Map

Lake & Campground Rules

Make A Reservation

Additional Information

SWIMMING & PICNICKING

The lake is open to the public year-round. There is a designated swimming beach located at the south-eastern side of the lake near the group picnic areas. Group picnic sites can be reserved for 50 or more people; smaller covered picnic pavilions may also be reserved for groups fewer than 50 people.

HIKING AND WILDLIFE VIEWING

You can view many birds which retreat to the park for winter: ducks, geese, hawks, bald eagles, blue heron and migratory birds make their home in the area. The Howard Ranch Trail and the Amanda Blake Memorial Wildlife Refuge are open to the public for exploration and enjoyment. Admission is included in the Rancho Seco park fee.

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Boating & Rentals

You may launch an electric motor boat, rowboat or sailboat from the two ramps located at each end of the dam. Ramp hours coincide with facility hours. Kayaks, Row Boats, Stand Up Paddleboards, Electric powered fishing boats are available on a seasonal basis. Windsurfers are also welcome on the lake. Gas motors are not permitted on the lake.

RENTAL EQUIPMENT

All rental boats must be returned and checked in 1 hour prior to closing the park. All prices are subject to change without notice. A valid driver license is required for rentals.

Type 1st Hour Add’l Hour Deposit
Kayak, Single $10 $8 $34
Kayak, Double $12 $10 $42
Paddle board $10 $8 $42
Pedal boats $15 $8 $55

 

Type 1st Hour Add’l Hour All Day Deposit
Electric Boat $20 $10 $60 $60
Row Boat $12 $8 $52 $52