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Address: 7794 Folsom Dam Road, Folsom, CA 95630
Phone Number: +1 916-989-7100
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Low water level but the place has a good view

The water level in the lake was quite low, but the dam itself has a nice view. You can stroll around the dam and enjoy the ambience.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 July 2016
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Mumbai, India
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Roseville, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

It's the Wandering Yank here. I've seen Folsom Dam many, many times, having lived nearby. It never fails to impress me, with the 8 spillways leading into the rocky gorge below Folsom Prison. The best place to see it is from the Dam Road crossing the gorge between the north and south sides of the river. 2 thumbs up!

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Mumbai, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

The water level in the lake was quite low, but the dam itself has a nice view. You can stroll around the dam and enjoy the ambience.

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Cupertino, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

This item should be separated as two attraction - Folsom Powerhouse and Folsom Dam. Now the review of Powerhouse is better represented by https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g32389-d7029293-Reviews-Folsom_Powerhouse-Folsom_California.html Regarding to the dam, I talked to the park ranger in Folsom Powerhouse and confirm that the dam is no more accessible because of 9-11 attack, for security reasons. All the parking spaces close to the... More 

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Thank David2012C
Jodhpur, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016 via mobile

This is opposite the Prison and is a refreshing ride to the Folsom dam. You can just test drive your new car. You can go in the early mornings.

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Thank Vilaas
San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2015

I happened to stumble upon Folsom Dam while driving around town. You can see how low the water levels are at Folsom Lake due to the drought. Still an interesting structure to see so close to the road.

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Thank BayAreaTraveler6338
Franklin, Tennessee
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2014 via mobile

As it has been so long without rain in Folsom, the water was really down in the lake. We drove across the dam and did not see very much.

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california
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2014

Interesting to see the history of the powerhouse and the old electrical system that was in place and all that it did. It's amazing. If you have time, take in the Folsom History Museum too.

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California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2014

The Folsom Dam tour is EXCELLENT, very interesting! The Powerhouse tour is short, fairly boring. If you are pressed for time, DEFINITELY book the Dam tour. I'd only visit the Powerhouse if you have some time to kill. The Powerhouse tour is short, so that helps! :)

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Folsom, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2013

It's hard to believe the size and scale of this endeavor. The huge iron turbines and generators are amazing when you think that it was built back in the horse and mule days. First successful AC power line--Folsom to Sacramento--in the country. Don't miss it.

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Folsom, Callifornia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2013

Okay, the dam is at Folsom Lake and the historic powerhouse (the only one you can visit) is about three miles away in Folsom. Both are very cool. At the dam, there is a visitors center with lots of cool exhibits on the watershed that drains into Folsom Lake. You can't go to the dam or drive over it any... More 

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