Folsom Pond

Before some rains in February, we hadn’t had real precipitation for months. This led to Folsom Lake draining to its lowest levels since the 1970′s and briefly in 1992. The lake receded so much I was calling it a pond, you had to walk a half mile to reach the shore.

This is a panorama from the parking lot, water usually comes up to those trees this time of year

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Here is the dam, see how much lower it is than the spillway on top

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This is a new spillway under construciton to protect Sacramento from floods

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The sierra’s should be very bright with snow, but it is instead dirty and melted

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Just so desolate

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Are these 1 inch rocks, or 10-foot boulders?

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How about now?

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There was this sandy beach, in the middle of nowhere 500 feet up from the shore

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The old towns and other infrastructure buried under the lake had come out, this is a drainage culvert

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Made of concrete from the 1920′s

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Even the sewage/runoff system was poking through

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sidewalks and roads

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An old glass bottle

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The old street was breaking up

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The other end of the culvert

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Much of the ground recently vacated by the lake was starting to dry and crack up

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These trees were cut down before they flooded the area, but the stumps were really surreal

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See the elephant?

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I don’t think they need to worry about anyone drowning here

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But maybe way down there

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I did eventually get to the lake

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And now it is much more full and all that cool stuff is under water again. Let’s hope we don’t see it anytime soon.

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3 Responses to Folsom Pond

  1. Mary says:

    Awesome pictures. Amazing to see some of what was.

  2. Alejandro M. says:

    Jim,
    What a nice blog. I like how you narrate the story with your pictures; made me feel as if I was actually there. Good job!

    Best Regards,

    Alejandro

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