Dark Day Campground

New Bullards Bar Reservoir

New Bullards Bar Reservoir

Dark Day Campground, New Bullards Bar Reservoir, CA

Dark Day Campground

Lake Oroville
Attractions and Activities

Lake Oroville is very popular with anglers seeking bass, with boaters and water skiers, hikers, horseback riders, and anyone looking for outdoor recreation.

  • Lake Oroville water skiing, jet boating, sailing, boating, wake boarding, and swimming
  • Horse camps and floating and boat-in camps
  • Lake Oroville Visitor Center with museum and exhibits
  • Marinas with boat rentals, launch ramps
  • Spend a week on a houseboat cruising all the inlets and coves.
  • Hike the trails around the lake, including the popular Feather Falls trail
  • Bicycle on the many roads and paths open to cycling.
  • In Oroville visit the Feather River Nature Center, the Pioneer History Museum, and the Feather River Fish Hatchery.

Key Campground Regulations

  1. Bears: Use bear-proof storage lockers for food and similar items.
  2. Water is in short supply during California's drought.
  3. Dogs must be on leash and always attended. At night they must be in a tent or vehicle.

Dark Day Campground

Dark Day Campground is located along a ridge on a peninsula on the southeast shore of New Bullards Bar Reservoir in the Tahoe National Forest. Campgrounds at Bullards Bar are operated by Emerald Cove Marina. Visitors to the campground enjoy boating, water skiing, swimming, fishing, and hiking. The campground is adjacent to Dark Day Boat Ramp and 3½ miles from Cottage Creek Boat Ramp.

Dark Day Campground's 10 campsites are designated for tents only. Three campsites are doubles and one is a triple. Adjacent to the campground is the Dark Day Picnic Area. Some campsites are close to the water when the lake is full. A minimum two-night stay is required for weekends and 3 nights on major summer holiday weekends.

Campground Basics
Location: Garden Valley Rd. off Marysville Rd. on the southeast shore of New Bullards Bar Reservoir
Elevation: 2,000 feet
Mileage and driving time from gateway city: Sacramento - 95 miles, 2:12 minutes
Oroville - 54 miles, 1:40
Number of Sites: 10
Open - Closed: Mid-April through mid-October
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 for single sites, more for doubles and triples
Pets: on leash, always attended
Emerald Cove Marina: 877-692-3201

Reservations available whenever campground is open
Booking Window: Reservations for the current year begin February 1
Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $24 per night for single site
Reservations: Dark Day Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 2:00 PM

Dark Day Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grill, food storage box; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Nearby attractions: Swimming, water skiing, fishing, boating, Dark Day Launch Ramp, Bullards Bar Trail, Emerald Cove Marina with boat rentals, Camptonville, mountain biking

New Bullards Bar Reservoir, CA

New Bullards Bar Reservoir

General Camping Information

Opening and closing dates of campgrounds are only estimates, usually dependent on snow conditions. Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the reservation website when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.

In order to prevent the spread of invasive insects, firewood should be obtained near the campground.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate

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