New Bullards Bar Dam and Reservoir

Recreation at New Bullards Bar

Yuba Water Agency provides many recreational opportunities near New Bullards Bar Reservoir as part of its Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license. On average, more than 116,000 visitors recreate in this area each year. 

New Bullards Bar Reservoir, which is located about 45 minutes outside the City of Marysville on Marysville Road, has 55 miles of shoreline with more than 20 miles of trails, most of which are located in the Plumas and Tahoe national forests. A rather shallow lake, New Bullards Bar is known for warmer water and for its great fishing.

Recreation opportunities include:

Yuba Water works closely with the Emerald Cove Marina, located near the dam and the Cottage Creek boat launch, and the U.S. Forest Service Tahoe Ranger District near Camptonville.

The primary access points for New Bullards Bar are the Cottage Creek and Dark Day boat launches. The marina can provide additional information about local recreation options and offers wide variety of services to visitors, including a general store, fuel, boat moorage, camping reservations, and houseboat, ski, patio and fishing boat rentals. Keep an eye out for a revamped dock and general store in 2024!

Security at New Bullards Bar 

The U.S. Forest Service, Yuba Water, Emerald Cove Marina and the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office work closely to monitor security at New Bullards Bar. This includes increasing patrols to ensure all recreational users are able to have a safe and fun time. If you have concerns or have been the target of any crime while recreating at Bullards, please immediately alert the USFS, Marina Staff and/or the Sheriff’s Office.

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