Finnon Recreation Area

So many ways to play!


Frank's Diner on Finnon Lake is now open!   Located at the entrance to the FLRA, on the shore of beautiful Finnon Lake, in a recreation area with opportunities for fishing, boating, picnicking, swimming, hiking, bicycling, bird watching, camping and disc golf.  Frank & Heidi invite you to come out and enjoy. 

(530) 409-1977 


El Dorado County Sheriff, from cell phone only: (530) 626-4911

Please report trespassers, or call camp host:

(530) 409-5515

For emergencies, Dial 911

Notice: www.finnonrecreationarea is the official site for Finnon Lake.  Information contained on other websites is not authorized by MVFA.

​​​​CAMPGROUND IS CLOSED NOVEMBER 16th2020 thru March 1st 2021



19 campsites offer year-round accommodations with stunning views of the lake, local wildlife sightings, and quiet hideaways from the weekly grind. Click here to go to our reservations page. For information, call (530) 409-5515.  The campground is monitored by Campground Hosts.

Day Use

A $6.00 day-use fee is submitted at the main entrance to the park for the Day Use activities such as fishing, boating, picnicking, swimming and disc golf for individuals or groups up to six persons. if you walk in or bike in and use any of of the Day Use activities the Fee still applies.  Fees are collected on the honor system.  Please pay at the kiosk using the appropriate envelope and drop in the lock box, or pay in the café when open.  There is no additional charge to registered campers for any Day Use activity. Day Use area closes at dark. 

Annual Day Use passes are available to Mosquito residents for information please email:

Finnon Lake Recreation Area is closed after dark - except for registered campers. Violators are trespassing and will be reported. There are two assigned day-use parking lots in the park. Campground parking is reserved for overnight campers only.  Please DO NOT use the café parking lot for day-use activities. Only street licensed vehicles are allowed in the park - NO dirt bikes or ATV's. All motorized vehicles are required to stay on the main road. Any violation of park rules will be considered trespassing. 

Reservations are required for groups wanting exclusive use of Day Use areas or parking lots - $50/day. Campsite fee ($30 + hipcamp fee) fees may apply if you use a campsite for day-use activities past noon, even if you do not stay overnight.


A California fishing license is required for anyone 16 years or older. Finnon Lake is CATCH AND RELEASE ONLY, and NO BAIT is allowed - artificial lures and flies only. Hours for fishing the lake are from sunrise to sunset. The fishery is maintained by MVFA volunteers, and monitored by California Fish and Wildlife officers and biologists.  Please, DO NOT leave fishing line lying on the ground or shoreline.  Varieties of fish found in Finnon are: Bass, Trout, Blue Gill and Sun Fish.  


All watercraft and trailers must be washed at our boat cleaning facility located just past the recycling bins behind the store. No gasoline powered boats are allowed on the lake, but electric motors are allowed.  Launch all boats (including inflatables) from the boat launch area across the dam.  It is clearly marked.  Park launch vehicles and trailers in the Day Use parking lot.  Do not launch boats (including inflatables and fishing tubes) from the Café parking lot. 


There are several picnic sites located in the day use area.  The Day Use swimming area has a sand bottom.  There is no life guard on duty - swim at your own risk.

Disc Golf

A 27-hole disc golf course encircles the park. It is maintained by volunteer members of the MVFA Disc Golf Committee. 

Open Spaces

There are numerous roads and trails within the FLRA available to hikers and bicyclists free of charge. These roads and trails are maintained by MVFA volunteers. Finnon Lake is Pet Friendly.  El Dorado County LEASH LAWS ARE IN EFFECT.  All dogs are required to be under control at all times, and droppings picked up.  Please keep your dog from barking or disturbing others, and never leave them unattended.  Due to insurance restrictions, horseback riding is not allowed at Finnon Lake Recreation Area.  Hunting is not allowed. The discharge of any weapon or air powered paintball or pellet gun is prohibited.  Bows and arrows are prohibited.