Summer activities gear up in Placer County

By: Brody Fernandez, Reporter
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Placer County is the place to be for loads of summer fun.

Summer is quickly heating up with an abundance of activities as well as temperatures rising to the 90s and above.

But no worries because Placer County has many options to keep cool in the weeks ahead, thanks to our local rivers, lakes and water parks.

In Loomis, the American River is a popular destination. Many residents head to the the American River to swim recreationally, kayak, paddleboard and go rafting. Rattlesnake Bar in Loomis is another popular spot as droves of Loomis residents take advantage of Folsom Lake. 

Long-time Loomis resident Tyler Buxton shared his thoughts on summer river activities.

“I love to head out to the north fork in the American River once it gets pretty hot or even Rattlesnake Bar right here in Loomis to enjoy the lake,” Buxton said. “Paddle boarding, kayaking or even catch football on the beach, it’s always been a great way to spend the summer here in Placer County,”

Area residents also take advantage of Folsom Lake as tourists and residents alike share lake parking lots car to car and boat to boat. June and July mark the busiest time of year for Folsom Lake.

Granite Bay is another Folsom Lake location to spend with family and friends when escaping the heat of Northern California. The warm beach, along with the recreational swim area and lifeguard services during the summer season, make Granite Bay a safe location for swimming and playing in the water. Barbecue pits, shade areas and large grassy areas can accommodate picnics and other gatherings.

Beals Point at Folsom Lake in Granite Bay offers scenic bicycle routes, a snack bar and  overnight camping. Another popular feature is access to the American River bicycle trail. This 32-mile paved trail starts at Beal’s Point in Granite Bay and follows the scenic American River all the way to Old Sacramento.

Summer is a rather busy season for Roseville’s Golfland Sunsplash Water Park. A fun night of adrenaline-pumping laser tag and Go-kart racing aren’t the only popular attractions offered there. Night slides at Sunsplash are now open from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. And when you’re cooled down by the water, enjoy the indoor arcade, which is complemented by a full-service food station offering grilled hot dogs, grilled beef hamburgers, hot pizza, ice cream, candy, popcorn and more. The Golfland arcade is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and miniature golf is offered daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information on pricing, season passes and summer hours, visit

For other summer activities that aren’t near a river or lake, just dress cooly and some water.

The Taste of Loomis’ of Loomis event at the Blue Goose Anchor Stage at 3640 Taylor Road from 6:30 to 10 tonight includes live music, dancing and food options. Loomis City Councilman Tim Onderko encourages residents to attend.

“The weather is expected to be fantastic for the outdoor evening event. This year, more than 40 local restaurants, breweries and wineries will be showcasing their best drinks and food,” Onkderko said. “Every past year, the Taste of Loomis has been a lot of fun and this year will be no different.”

Another fun night promises to be Saturday in Rocklin as Garratt Wilkin & The Parrotheads kick off the summer concert series at the Platinum Living Amphitheater at Quarry Park, 4000 Rocklin Road. Tickets are on sale at Gates open at 5 p.m. and the concert runs until 10:30 p.m. This band will play tribute to Jimmy Buffett and the Margaritaville music he helped make famous. See the page 6 story for more information.

And the next time to catch a free outdoor movie in Rocklin is June 22 during the Gather Movie in the Park night at Peter Hill Heritage Park with “The Emoji Movie.” The seasonal movie events are held at different parks.

Rocklin Mayor Ken Broadway advocates for residents to attend the family-friendly events.

“Join us for our annual summer Movies in the Park Friday, June 22nd at 5 p.m. in Peter Hill Heritage Park,” Broadway said. “It’s a great opportunity to enjoy live music, outdoor dining, local food trucks, activity stations for the kids and a movie that will begin at dusk.”

On July 12th and the second Thursday of the month through September in Roseville, visit Vernon Street Town Square (311 Vernon St.)  for SactoMoFo food truck mania events. The events include local gourmet food trucks, live music and a kids’ zone. All trucks accept debit and credit cards for payment so there’s no need to worry about paying cash only. If you’re vegetarian, vegan or practicing a gluten-free diet, there will be several food trucks that accommodate those diets. 

Have fun this summer in South Placer County.