Special Notice: Due to technology issues, SMUD is temporarily unable to accept payments at any of the remote pay stations such as grocery or Wal-Mart stores. In-person payments can be made only at the SMUD Customer Service Center located at 6301 S Street, Sacramento.

If you made a payment at a remote pay station between Saturday, April 22 and Thursday, April 27 there may be a delay in the payment being credited to your SMUD account. Affected customers will not be assessed late penalties and no accounts will be disconnected as a result of the issue. Payments through the mail, our website or by calling SMUD are not affected. Please accept our apologies as we work around the clock to correct the issue.

Rancho Seco Lake

Rancho Seco Recreational Area

Located just 25 miles from downtown Sacramento, you can vacation without leaving town. Amenities include a boathouse, recreation building, laundry facilities, concession building, shade structures, and newly renovated restrooms and showers, making this 400-acre park the perfect weekend getaway.

Call 800-416-6992 for more information.

Trailer icon Tent icon Picnic table icon

Camping and picnicking
40 campsites available to choose from for tent and RV camping. Reservations required for picnic groups of 50 or more people.

Make a reservation

Boating icon
Rancho Seco welcomes electric motor boats, kayaks, rowboats and sailboats.
Swimming icon
The warm water lake and beach are popular in the summer.
Fishing icon
A fishing license can be purchased on site.
Hiking icon
Experience nature at its best by hiking the historic Howard Ranch Trail.
Bird icon
Bird watching
The park is home to many different species of birds.
Wildlife icon
Wildlife refuge
The Amanda Blake Memorial Wildlife Refuge is a 75-acre sanctuary for captive wildlife and exotic animals.
Area improvements
Large trout

Annual Trout Derby

April 1 and 2, 2017
A fishing competition for all ages. Win cash and other prizes.

Information and rules
Solar Regatta students

Solar Regatta

May 5 and 6, 2017
California schools and universities build solar-powered boats in SMUD's annual competition.

Learn about the event

Wind reports

Get the latest wind data on the Rancho Seco Recreational Area.

View wind reports