The Central California Area Office is headquartered at Folsom Dam, 23 miles east of California’s capital city of Sacramento, with resource offices located at New Melones and Lake Berryessa.
The Area Office manages water and land resources in 12 counties, including facilities of the Central Valley Project - American River, Auburn-Folsom South Unit and East Side Divisions, and facilities of the Solano Project.
The Office’s jurisdiction extends from the coast to the crest of the Sierra, and from the American River Basin to the Stanislaus River Basin. The Central California Area Office also manages the recreation areas at Lake Berryessa and New Melones reservoir, has a long-term lease with the California Department of Parks and Recreation for Folsom Lake, Lake Natoma and Auburn area, and an agreement with the California Division of Forestry to manage the lands associated with the Auburn Unit.
Folsom Dam and reservoir is a major water management facility located within a large metropolitan area. With a capacity of 976,000 acre-feet, the Folsom reservoir catches runoff from the extensive American River watershed and are the key flood control structures protecting the Sacramento metropolitan area.