~Beeks Bight? When the water is high.
~Dipping my paddle into Folsom Lake has been few and far between for the past 6+ years, especially since the state of California has been in a drought and most of the good paddling (to me) locations are better when the water is high. Beeks Bight is just one of those locations.
You can access Beeks Bight by way of the Folsom SRA Granite Bay entrance. Follow the signs and in about 2 miles you will come to a parking lot. In the far corner, there’s a little opening where you can launch your kayak.
I was a little curious about the name Beeks Bight, but found no history online. I did learn that a Bight is “a curve or recess in a coastline, river, or other geographical feature”. Well, if you get a chance to paddle here, you’ll get that this really is a “Bight”! The shoreline curves in many directions and you’ll have fun dodging big boulders as you make your way North.
I’ve paddled here twice in as many weeks. The water level remains high and I suspect it will stay this way for another month or so, especially as the snow begins to melt and pour down the North and South forks of the American River.
There is wood debris everywhere. The entire shoreline as well as each inlet/cove is socked in with logs, limbs, and twigs. So be mindful of this as you paddle along.
This big beautiful Great Blue Heron was perched on a floating log with his beak open, almost as if he was panting. It was about 92 degrees, so perhaps this is how they cool off?
I quickly captured a shot of this Cormorant before he jumped into the water and took off.
If you come out for a paddle, maybe bring along a bag to collect garbage in. Unfortunately there’s a lot of it floating in with the wood debris.
This was my friend Tim’s first time here. Sharing a new paddling location with someone is pretty cool in my book.
Sometimes I like to collect interesting pieces of driftwood for my garden and this was my top find of the day.
If you’re looking for a quite place to paddle, this is a good choice. Late afternoons during the week are nice as there’s not too much boat traffic and the winds typically start to lay down. I’ve not had a problem yet with mosquitoes, but you might want to bring some bug spray just in case.
There’s a $12 entrance fee to drive into the Granite Bay SRA or you can use your annual state parks pass ($125). The park is open until 10pm during the summer months.