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New Bullards Bar Camping


Emerald Cove Marina serves as the reservation and permitting agent for the Forest Service for camping in the Bullards Bar Recreation Area. Camping is allowed at several drive-to campgrounds around the reservoir and at a number of boat-in campsites.

Reservations are recommended and can be made in person at the marina or by phone:
(530) 692-3200 or (877) 692-3201.
Emerald Cove's on-line Campsite Navigator can assist you in choosing the sites you may want before calling for reservations.

Campsites have a 2 night minimum on weekends and a 3 night minimum over major summer holiday weekends. There is a $7.50 phone reservation fee per site. Single sites allow a maximum of 6 people and 2 vehicles for $22 per night. Permits from the marina are required for overnight camping on boats which are not tenants of the marina.



Bullards Bar Campgrounds


Schoolhouse Campground

Location: South Shore, off Marysville Road
Campground Facilities: About 50 Sites (some double), Flush Toilets, Piped Water
Campsite Amenities: RVs allowed, Picnic Tables, Fire Rings with Grills, Bear Box
Fees: $22 per Night
Nearby Facilities: Lake, 1 mile to Bullards Bar Trail or Dark Day Area

Dark Day Campground

Location: On a Peninsula on the South Shore, off Marysville Road
Campground Facilities: About 10 Sites (Some Double and Triple), Vault Toilets, Piped Water
Campsite Amenities: Tents Only (No RVs), Picnic Tables, Fire Rings with Grills, Bear Box
Fees: $22 per Night
Nearby Facilities: Lake, Boat Launch Ramp

Hornswoggle Group Campground

Location: South Shore, off Marysville Road
Campground Facilities: 6 Sites- Most for 25 People, One for 50 People; Vault and Flush Toilets, Piped Water
Campsite Amenities: RVs allowed, Bear Boxes, Picnic Tables, Fire Rings with Grills
Fees: $88 per Night for 25-person Sites, $155 for 50-person Site
Nearby Facilities: 1 mile to Bullards Bar Trail or Dark Day Area

Map of New Bullards Bar Reservoir, CA


Boat-In Campgrounds


Garden Point Boat-In Campground

Location: On a Peninsula on the North Shore
Campground Facilities: 20 Sites, Vault Toilets, No Water
Campsite Amenities: Picnic Tables, Fire Rings with Grills, Bear Box
Fees: $24 per Night

Madrone Cove Boat-In Campground

Location: North End of Lake
Campground Facilities: 10 Sites, Vault Toilet, No Water
Campsite Amenities: Picnic Tables, Fire Rings with Grills, Bear Box
Fees: $24 per Night

Frenchy Point Boat-In Campground

Location: 5 miles northwest of Dark Day Ramp
Campground Facilities: 8 Sites, Vault Toilet, No Water
Campsite Amenities: Picnic Tables, Fire Rings with Grills, Bear Box
Fees: $24 per Night

Shoreline Camping

When the lake's water level drops 15 feet, then shoreline camping is allowed with a permit from Emerald Cove Marina. Visitors must camp near designated campgrounds where they can use the restrooms or provide portable chemical toilets.



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Other Nearby Camping


Inn Town Campground

9 Kidder Ct., Nevada City, CA
Website: Inn Town Campground
Amenities: , camp store, kitchen, laundry, TV, reading nooks, swimming pool, and BBQ, situated in a beautiful pine forest
Camping Sites: RV sites with full or partial hook-ups, tent and Glamping sites (furnished platform tents)
Reservations: Inn town Camnpground Reservations
Fees: Tent site $45-$50, RV with hook-ups $50-$65, Glamping $90-$100

Willow Creek Campground

17548 Hwy. 49, Camptonville, CA
(530) 288-0646 or (877) 901-7191
Website:   Willow Creek Campground
Amenities: BBQs, Pool Table, Outside Movies, Showers, Laundry, RV Dump, Outdoor Games, Cabins, WiFi, Propane
Camping Sites: Full Hook-ups, Tent Sites
Rates: Tents $35 per Night, $196 per Week; RV Sites $49 per Night

Lake Francis RV Resort

13919 Lake Frances Rd., Dobbins, CA
(530) 692-1700 or (888) 993-7344 (toll free in CA only)
Website:   Lake Francis RV Resort
Facilities and Amenities: Palace Restaurant, Lodge, Creamery, Swimming Pool, Near Lake Frances, Outdoor Sports
Camping and RV Sites: Full Hook-ups or Water & Electric Only, Tent Sites have Picnic Table, Cooking Hearth, Sink
Rates: Full Hook-ups $49 per Night, $294 per Week, Partial Hook-ups $44 and $264
Tent Sites $37 - $41 per Night and $222 - $246 per Week

River Reflections RV Resort & Campground

4360 Pacific Heights Road, Oroville, CA
1 mile south of Oroville on the Feather River
(530) 533-1995
Website:   River Reflections RV Resort
Amenities: 100 Sites, Full Hook-ups, 20/30/50 amp, Internet, Laundry, Game Room
Rates: $40 Tent Site for 2 People, $50 RV Site for 2 People, $150 Camping Cabins (sleeps 5-6)

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Along the Shore


Picnic Areas



Hiking Trails


A number of hiking trails run along the shore of New Bullards Bar Reservoir.


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