Dark Day Campground

New Bullards Bar Reservoir


New Bullards Bar Reservoir


Dark Day Campground, New Bullards Bar Reservoir, CA

Dark Day Campground

New Bullards Bar Area
Attractions and Activities

New Bullards Bar Reservoir is known a quieter and more scenic alternative to the bigger neighboring lakes such as Oroville and Folsom. Campers at Dark Day Campground have a number of interesting places to explore.

  • Visit Emerald Cove Marina for small boat and houseboat rentals.
  • Set out on the lake for a day of wakeboarding, cruising, jet skiing, or waterskiing.
  • Fish from shore or boat for Kokanee salmon, bass, crappie, and bluegill.
  • Pick up bait and tackle at the Emerald Cove general store.
  • Hike on a number of local trails.
  • Visit nearby communities such as Camptonville and historic Nevada City.
  • Spend a day at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park.
  • Head downstream to various spots along the scenic Yuba River, including the old Bridgeport Covered Bridge.

Key Dark Day Campground Regulations

  1. Avoid problems with bears. Use bear-proof storage lockers for food and similar items.
  2. Fires are only permitted in the provided fire rings.
  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 has 10 campsites 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.

Dark Day Campground Basics
Dark Day Campground 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 for Dark Day Campground
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
Attractions near: Head down to the lake for swimming, water skiing, fishing, and boating. Take advantage of the Dark Day Launch Ramp. Hike along the Bullards Bar Trail. Visit Emerald Cove Marina with boat rentals. Stop in at Camptonville. Try mountain biking the Bullards Bar Loop.

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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