Granite Bay's roots date back to the early 1550s when gold miners first settled the banks of the American River. This area was initially known as "Granite Bar", a small mining camp just below another mining area. Granite Bar was changed to Granite Bay for the granite rock quarried from the banks that were used for the Folsom Dam. Cattle ranchers also took advantage of water and grassy slopes.
The modern history of the area dates back to the 1970s with the steady development of housing along the bay. In 1987, the Placer County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution naming Granite Bay an officially designated unincorporated community. Today, Granite Bay is a community with a storied past and a bright future.
Granite Bay schools are some of the best in the region. The Eureka Union School District covers the elementary grades. During a recent year, this district boasted that three-fourths of its students' individual scores scored at or above the national average. Granite Bay High School is part of the Roseville Joint Union School District, a collection of schools that are proud of superior academic performance.
There are several choices for higher education in the surrounding areas. Adult Education programs are offered at several locations in and around nearby Fair Oaks. Institutions such as the American River College, National University, Sierra College and California State University, Sacramento are all located in Sacramento. The University of California has a campus in nearby Davis, plus the highly acclaimed UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.
Parks & Recreation
When it comes to recreation, the opportunities are nearly endless. Folsom Lake offers water sports including swimming and boating, skiing, fishing hiking, running, camping, picnicking and horseback riding. There is a 32-mile bike path that connects Folsom Lake with many Sacramento County parks. Located a short drive away from Granite Bay is the famous California Delta where you can camp by the water, swim, ski or float down the river in houseboats.
Golfing enthusiasts can tee off at Granite Bay Golf Club's fabulous 18-hole private championship golf course. The course integrates the natural beauty of the terrain, while providing beautiful views of the snow capped Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Currently, there are two major parks in Granite Bay with plans for additional parkland and facilities. Treelake Village Park offers a family picnic area, baseball and soccer fields in addition to a sports park. Douglas Ranch Park also offers similar amenities and sits on approximately 4.5 acres.
Attractions & Points of Interest
Major shopping malls are located in nearby Roseville as well as in Sacramento. The Roseville Galleria and The Fountains offer the most up-to-date shopping experiences. The largest shopping center in the Sacramento area is the Arden Fair Mall with four department stores and several retails stores and restaurants. Downtown Plaza is located right next to the historical Old Sacramento area and sits close to the Capital. This shopping plaza also offers a variety of retail and department stores. Outlet shopping centers are located in Folsom and Vacaville.
The foothill county of El Dorado, famous for its wineries and apple orchards, is just minutes away; and Lake Tahoe, with its gambling casinos, winter ski resorts and summer recreation, is only 90 miles to the east. The sights and sounds of San Francisco are located about two hours to the west.
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