Folsom/El Dorado News

Slow down at Folsom Lake: rocks ahead

Put away those water skis because the speed limit on Folsom Lake is now 5 mph.

Beginning Tuesday, state parks officials lowered the speed limit to 5 mph because the drought has caused the reservoir to be so low that a fast-moving vessel or a skier could hit rocks.

The low water level has also left most boat ramps dry. Rattlesnake Bar, Granite Bay, Folsom Point and Peninsula boat ramps are all out of the water and closed to boat launching.

Currently, the only launch ramp available for boaters is the Hobie Cove ramp at Browns Ravine. The Granite Bay Low Water ramp will surface and should be accessible in about a week, according to a state parks press release.

Day-use and picnic areas at Folsom Lake remain open to visitors, but it is a long walk to the shore.