Granite Bay, CA 95746: A Great Place to Live, Work & Play

All you need to know about Granite Bay, California; local Granite Bay Real Estate, the history of Granite Bay, upcoming events and important city information.

The unincorporated Placer County community of Granite Bay had a population of about 20,000 residents at the 2000 census and covers an area of approximately 25 square miles. It is situated on the north shore of Folsom Lake about 25 miles northeast of Sacramento on the eastern edge of the Sacramento Valley at the base of the Sierra foothills.

The community boasts of a very high quality of life due to its great location, sound community plan, first rate schools, numerous churches, a low crime rate and excellent recreation opportunities. The community is home to some of the Sacramento areas finest and most exclusive homes.

Typically, summers are hot and dry, while winters are cool and rainy. Summers average high temperatures are about 95 degrees but with the usual cooling evening breezes average summer lows drop to about 60 degrees. Average temperatures in the winter range from highs of about 54 to lows near 40 degrees with an occasional frost. Annual rainfall averages near 25 inches per season, falling predominantly in the winter months.

The community was officially recognized as “Granite Bay” in 1987. As an unincorporated community, the Placer County Board of Supervisors is the local governing body, and a local Municipal Advisory Council provides input and advice to the Supervisors.

1850s & Beyond

from the Granite Bay View, Point of View, by Janice Freeman, 2 August 01

Granite Bay’s roots lead back to the early 1850’s, when gold miners first settled the banks of the American River. According to retired Park Ranger Dave McGrath there were 37 gold mining settlements along both sides of the River.

In its earliest beginnings, it was known as “Granite Bar”, a small mining camp just below Horseshoe Bar. The North Fork Ditch, built by the Natoma Company between 1852 and 1954, not only allowed miners to surface mine gold, it continued to supply water to the area and attracted settlers who planted olive and almond orchards. When the lake is low you can still find rows of stumps straight out from the Granite Bay boat launch ramp. Remains of the ditch can still be seen in places along the trail leading up the lake from Horseshoe Bar and along the water’s edge above the dam at low lake level. The sides of the ditch were concreted in 1925, which has helped to preserve its visibility.

Vivian Rasmussen recalled that what was is now called Auburn-Folsom Road was originally called Auburn-Sacramento Road. The road was built in 1850 to allow miners to travel back and forth with supplies. Whiskey Bar, Horseshoe Bar, and Rattlesnake Bar Roads were all established to connect the various settlements to the bar or to the main road. Granite Bar, later to be known as Granite Bay was named for the granite rock quarried from its banks and used as rip-rap in the wing dams of Folsom Dam.

Cattle ranchers also took advantage of availability of water and grassy slopes. “There were two major cattle ranges when I moved here in 1956” stated H.T.Newberry, a resident of Skyway. Mooney was one and Grant Bender was the other. “A big chunk of their property was condemned by the government so they could fill the lake” he explained. The remainder of the ranches were subdivided and sold off to people moving into the area.

Granite Bay Vista, an early subdivision by John Mercurio and Louis Gavino, probably helped make the name popular according to Niel Lester, who built a home in the tract with her husband in 1962. Things have changed, naturally said Lester. Douglas Blvd. used to be called Rocky Ridge Road east of Sunrise Blvd.. For most newcomers, Rocky Ridge has no significance since most of the ridge has been demolished with the widening and development along Douglas Blvd. Granite Bay didn’t become the official name of the area until July 28, 1987. Until then the expanding housing developments along this section of the lake were just as apt to be referred to as Folsom Lake and were included in Roseville’s sphere of influence out to Barton Road for Government Planning purposes.

Residents of the area felt the goal and lifestyle of Roseville was not consistent with their own and placed the proposition before the County Board of Supervisors to be recognized as the unincorporated community of Granite Bay. Then Assemblyman, Tim Leslie, issued a proclamentation and with County Supervisor’s approval the community became officially known as Granite Bay.

Roseville sphere of influence has subsequently been withdrawn to Sierra College Blvd.

1800s
excerpts from the Granite Bay View, Point of View, by Janice Freeman, 2 June 01

Auburn-Folsom Road has a long and unique history. Starting out as little more than ox-cart tracks linking 49’er mining claims along the American River in the 1800s, it served as a supply line between Auburn and Folsom. It also served to enrich the pockets of bandits laying in wait to relieve travelers of their belongings. The most brazen and famous robber along the stretch was known as “Rattlesnake Dick”. Nicknamed not so much for being sneaky, but for the fact that he had once been an honest gold miner at Rattlesnake Bar before turning outlaw and plying his trade along the Auburn-Folsom trail. Later, a spur of the Central Pacific Railroad paralleled the road, connecting Auburn to Folsom in 1862. The Spur was discontinued a few years later. When the railroad workers began to pull up the rails, locals were so incensed shooting broke out at the corner of what is now Moss Lane and Auburn-Folsom Rd.

1800s

from the Sacramento Bee, Neighbors, by Ryan McCarthy, Feb 21 1999

Before it was Granite Bay, it was called Allen’s District. Named after Hiram B. Allen, whose family was one of the families that lived in the area along with the Cavitt’s and the Stallman’s in the 1800’s. The Cavitts lived at the west end of the road and the Stallmans lived at the east end, and that road is known today as Cavitt Stallman Rd. Today, Shelborne Estates occupies part of the old 420 acre Allen ranch. Plum, peach, and pear orchards were the agricultural mainstays. Olives were a major crop at the ranch on the road now known as Olive Ranch Rd. and remnants of the olive trees are today still prominent north of Douglas Blvd. Allen’s District featured one of the first real estate ventures in the area called the Rosedale Colony, where land was selling for $50 an acre.

1962

Granite Bay prior to 1970, e-mail from: Dorris Beston, 30 Sep 2000

I have lived in Lakeland off Douglas since 1962. Douglas was a 2 lane road and it was known as Rocky Ridge Road. Our mail was delivered from the Roseville Post Office and our zip code was 95678. There were no super markets. There was a small grocery and bait shop located next to where the boat marina is on Douglas east of Auburn-Folsom road. Whispering Pines restaurant was here on Auburn-Folsom road at that time and later there was the Bull Pit restaurant on Douglas where NAPA is now. A liquor store was next door. Later there was 7-Eleven in the same complex as well as a beauty salon, barber shop, and Laundromat. Now all gone.

Things to do in Granite Bay

Having Fun in Granite Bay

Here you can find information on the different recreation opportunities in Granite Bay and surrounding areas. These recreational opportunities include: Equestrian Centers, Golf Courses, Tennis Courts and Parks.

Equestrian

ADDRESS: 6802 Laird Road
Loomis, CA 95650
PHONE: (916) 798-3907

ADDRESS: 4807 Eureka Road
Roseville, CA 95746
PHONE: (916) 612-0509

JO DE Collins Training
Stables

ADDRESS: 9095 Auburn Folsom Rd
Roseville, CA 95746
PHONE: (916) 791-1922

ADDRESS: 3635 Auburn Folsom Road
Loomis, CA 95650
PHONE: (916) 652-2197

ADDRESS: 6525 Boulder Road
Granite Bay, CA 95746
PHONE: (916) 652-0904

ADDRESS: 6705 Barton Rd
Granite Bay, CA 95746
PHONE: (916) 660-1811

ADDRESS: 8485 Barton Rd
Granite Bay, CA 95746
PHONE: (916) 791-2055

ADDRESS: 8909 Risley Place
Granite Bay, CA 95746
PHONE: (916) 765-9371

parks

Passive Parks

Miners Ravine Nature Reserve

ADDRESS: 7530 Auburn Folsom Rd
Granite Bay CA 95746

Treelake Terrace Park

ADDRESS: 9720 Swan Lake Road
Granite Bay CA 95746

Active Parks

Douglas Ranch Park

ADDRESS: 5350 Sterling Street
(in Douglas Ranch) Granite Bay CA 95746

Granite Bay Community Park

ADDRESS: 6010 Douglas Blvd
(Barton and Douglas)
Granite Bay CA 95746

Ronald L. Feist Park

ADDRESS: 9180 Twin Schools Rd
Granite Bay CA 95746

Sterling Pointe Park

ADDRESS: 4570 Lake Forest Drive
Loomis CA 95650

Treelake Park

ADDRESS: 5255 Parkford Circle
Granite Bay CA 95746

To learn more about these parks or other parks in the area, please click here.

Golf

PUBLIC COURSES

ADDRESS: 4487 Barton Road
Loomis, CA 95650
PHONE: (916) 652-5546

Roseville Rolling Greens

ADDRESS: 5572 Eureka Road
Granite Bay, CA 95746
PHONE: (916) 797-9986

PRIVATE COURSES

ADDRESS: 9600 Golf Club Drive
Roseville, CA 95746
PHONE: (916) 791-7578

Tennis

PUBLIC COURTS

Cavitt Jounior High School

ADDRESS: 7200 Fuller Dr.
Granite Bay, CA 95746
PHONE: (916) 791-4152

PRIVATE COURTS

ADDRESS: 8970 Carriage Dr.
Granite Bay, CA 95746
PHONE: (916) 797-8444

ADDRESS: 2501 Eureka Road
Roseville, CA 95746
PHONE: (916) 782-2300

ADDRESS: 2600 Eureka Road
Roseville, CA 95746
PHONE: (916) 782-2600

Events

Upcoming events and recreation in Granite Bay

Upcoming Community Events

 

LAST UPDATED: SUNDAY, APRIL 30, 2017 3:01 PM

Farmers’ Markets

Foothill Farmers’ Market is year round from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at Whole foods Market at the Fountains, Galleria Boulevard and East Roseville Parkway in Roseville. For more information visit foothillfarmersmarket.com.

Kaiser Permanente Farmers Markets are year round from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Kaiser Clinic, 1001 Riverside Ave., in Roseville and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays at 1600 Eureka Road in Roseville. For more information visit hicksvilleacres@sbcglobal.net.

Accordion Society Meets

Northern California Accordion Society meets from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection 6365 Douglas Blvd. in Granite Bay. Cost is $2 for members and $3 for guests. For more information call David at (916) 806-6927.

Food Truck Fun

On May 11, 2017, the second Thursday of the month, from 5-8 PM come enjoy live music, food trucks including Squeeze Inn Roseville, Volkswaffle, Krush Burger, Chando’s Tacos, OMG Yogurt, Simply Southern Food, Cajun Wagon and Drewski’s Hot Rod. This event takes place on the second Thursday of every month year-round on Vernon Street in downtown Roseville. For more information, click here.

Gloves and Shovels Garden Club

On May 16, 2017, at 10 AM, the third Tuesday of each month a meeting of the Gloves and Shovels Garden Club will be held at Bushnell’s Garden Nursery, 5255 Douglas Blvd. in Granite Bay. Free. For more information, email glovesandshovels@yahoo.com.

Outdoor Picker’s Market

Every fourth Sunday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. rain or shine at Hand Pickin’ Emporium, 4155 Rocklin Road in Rocklin. Event has antique, vintage, upcycle, crafts, arts, garden food and fun. Food provided by Dave’s Dawgs. Info: Email Barb or Bob Pratt at handpickin@aol.com.

Aging Safely

On Wednesday, June 7, 2017, Placer County Protect presents Aging Safely at the Westfield Galleria at Roseville, near Sears and Macy’s, from 8 AM – 12 PM. Click here to learn more.

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