Folsom Lake speed limit cut because of low water

Published: Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 - 2:17 pm

Only one boat ramp is in use at Folsom Lake – and on Monday a 5 mph speed limit will be in force at the reservoir due to low water.

The speed limit is necessary because rocks are closer to the surface, placing boats in danger of scraping lake bottom. The lake is at 37 percent of capacity.

The only launch ramp available for boaters is at Browns Ravine. Rattlesnake Bar, Granite Bay, Folsom Point and Peninsula boat ramps are all out of the water, rendering them closed. The low-water ramp at Granite Bay should surface in a week or two, according to a state parks news release, re-establishing launch facilities on the west side of the lake.

Day-use picnic areas at the lake are open, but it's a long walk to the water.

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