Rancho Seco Lake Recreational Area

Visit beautiful Rancho Seco Recreational Area


Rancho Seco Recreational Area

A short 25 minute drive from downtown Sacramento, you’ll find the 400-acre park that makes up the Rancho Seco Recreational Area. Take a short vacation and enjoy camping, boating, hiking, bird watching and even a sanctuary for rescued exotic animals and wildlife.

Camp in comfort with recreation and concession buildings, shade structures, laundry facility, boathouse and newly renovated restrooms and showers.

Trout Derby

March 17 and 18

SMUD's annual Trout Derby is almost here! Join us at beautiful Rancho Seco Recreational Area where thousands of catchable trout have been planted in the lake for this year's event. Show off your angling skills for a chance to win cash and great prizes. All ages can compete in either the youth or adult category.

Online registration is now closed but you can still register the day of the event between 6 a.m. - 10 a.m. rain or shine.

Get more details about the Trout Derby


Rancho Seco Recreational Area is just 25 miles from Sacramento

Have a large group? Picnic or camp with your friends or have a family reunion.

  • Groups of 50 or more can reserve our picnic areas
  • Group campsites are also available by reservation
  • We have RV and tent spaces available, some with gorgeous lake views

Would you like to spend a quiet weekend enjoying nature with someone you love?

For information and reservations, call 1-800-416-6992 (Monday through Friday)

Enjoy an easy seven mile round trip hike at the Howard Ranch Trail. The walk along the lake offers something special in each season – vernal pools in late winter, soft carpets of wildflowers in spring, contented cattle grazing on lush grass. It’s a working cattle ranch, so please leave your canine friends home.

Get back to nature at the Rancho Seco Recreational Area and enjoy boating, camping, hiking, bird watching and a wildlife sanctuary

Would you like more information? We’re here to answer your questions. Call 1-800-416-6992 Mon-Fri