During the winter drought of 2008, Lake Folsom State Park, dried up only to enlarge the sandy beaches that surrounded the lake. As a result, I was able to drive and hike much farther into the park than I ever was. Normally, if there wasn’t a drought, you would be able to clearly see the lake from this overlook. If you look closely, you can barely make it out. From what I am hearing now, the lake is really drying up even more than in 2008, which is a shame, because it serves as not only a State Park Recreation Area, but it also is a reservoir used for drinking water.
After reading the news, I saw that the old gold mining town, Mormon Island, is now slowly getting uncovered as the lake’s waters recede. When I was there during the 2008 drought, I would find pieces of glass and china, scattered about here and there. State officials have put a ban on removing any artifacts from the area. People are flocking all over to get a glimpse of what once was a significant part of California’s Gold Rush.
This photograph was shot with a Canon 40D, equipped with am 18-200mm lens at Lake Folsom State Park, located in Folsom, California, USA.